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Xuan Thuy Nguyen

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (McGill University), M.Ed. (McGill University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5042
Email:xuanthuy.nguyen@carleton.ca
Office:1317 Dunton Tower

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, teacher, learner, critical thinker, and community builder. My research focuses on working with young women and girls with disabilities in the global South. Currently I am the Project Director of a Partnership Development Project entitled “Learning with and from the global South: Opportunities for engaging girls & young women with disabilities across Southern spaces” (ENGAGE), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) [2021-2024]. In collaboration with academics, activists, and Disabled People’s Organizations in India, South Africa, and Vietnam, this project examines how young women and girls with disabilities and partners in the global South can engage, negotiate, and build their leadership as opportunities for decolonial and inclusive knowledge production.

I am also the Principal Investigator of a collaborative research project, Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) [2016-20] and extended to 2023. This project aims to challenge gaps in knowledge on girls and women with disabilities in Vietnam by connecting knowledge, research, and activism for their inclusion. Besides this, I am a co-investigator of a SSHRC’s Partnership Project, entitled Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development (EDID) [2020-27]. This project centers on fostering inclusion of diverse women and girls with disabilities in Canada, Haiti, South Africa and Vietnam in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through increasing knowledge and creating new opportunities for them to participate in transnational research. The EDID-Vietnam case study prioritizes representation and participation of girls and women with disabilities in decision-making using decolonial disability studies and arts-based research methods. Finally, I also received an International Research SEED Grant (IRSG), “Towards inclusive, collaborative, and decolonial relationships with the global South: Lessons learned from a global North/South partnership project” [2021-2023], funded by Carleton University to support my collaborative, decolonial, and sustainable partnership projects.

I am passionate about working with students, scholars, activists, and community-organizers to build decolonial spaces for knowledge/praxis within transnational contexts. I love mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in support of their intellectual development and social activism. My book, The Journey to Inclusion, published by Sense/Brill Publishers, critically engages with the politics of inclusion and exclusion through the emergence of disability rights, development, and inclusive education discourses at the global, national, and local levels. I have mentored several undergraduate and graduate students across Canadian and Vietnamese universities. I am available to supervise graduate and undergraduate students in Canada/the global North to engage in transnational social justice research and activism with disabled girls and women in the South.

Courses:

  • CHST/HURM 3303: Children’s rights
  • CHST/DBST 3304: Disability and childhood: Transnational perspectives
  • DBST 3001: Disability studies: Policy and activism

Awards:

• Learning with and from the global South: Opportunities for engaging girls & young women with disabilities across Southern spaces, Research funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Partnership Development Grant 890-2020-0093 [2021-2024] (Principal Investigator/Project Director).

• Towards inclusive, collaborative, and decolonial relationships with the global South: Lessons learned from a global North/South partnership project, International Research SEED Grant (IRSG) [2021-2023] (Principal Investigator).

• Engendering disability-inclusive development. Research funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Partnership Grant 895-2020-1015 [2020-2027] (Co-Investigator).

• Transforming knowledge and activism through engaging women and girls with disabilities in Vietnam in participatory research. Research funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant 435-2016-1177 [2016-2020] (Principal Investigator).

• Monitoring educational rights for girls with disabilities in Vietnam: Towards a transformative approach on understanding social justice in education. Research funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant 430-2013-0979 [2013-2016] (Principal Investigator).

Selected Publications

Book

Nguyen X. T. (2015). The journey to inclusion. Rotterdam: Sense/Brill Publishers (published within the Studies in Inclusive Education Series STIE, Volume 29)

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Stienstra, D. & Nguyen, X. T. (2020). Opening to the Possible: Girls and Women with Disabilities Engaging in Vietnam. In Wiebe, S. M. & L. Levac (Eds.). Creating spaces for engagement (pp. 139.160). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Nguyen, X. T. (2019). Unsettling “inclusion” in the global South: A post-colonial and intersectional approach to disability, gender, and education. In Schuelk, M. J., C. Johnstone, G. Thomas, & A. Artiles (Eds.). The SAGE handbook of inclusion and diversity in education (pp. 28-40). London: Sage.

Mitchell, C., De Lange, N., & Nguyen, X. T. (2016). The participation of girls with disabilities in Vietnam in a photovoice project. In J. Coffey, S. Budgeon, & H. Cahill (Eds). Learning bodies- the body in youth and childhood studies. Singapore: Springer.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Nguyen, X. T., Gonick, M., & Bui, T. (2021). Engaging girls with disabilities through cellphilming: Reflections on participatory visual research as a means of countering violence in the Global South. Global Studies of Childhood. Available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09075682211020067

Nguyen, X. T., & Stienstra, D. (2021). Engaging girls and women with disabilities in the global South: Beyond cultural and geopolitical generalizations. Disability and the global South, 8(2), pp. 2035-2052.

Nguyen, X. T., Dang, T. L., & Mitchell, C. (2021). How can girls with disabilities become activists in their own lives? Creating opportunity for policy dialogues through knowledge mobilization spaces. Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity. DOI: 10.1080/10130950.2020.1846276

Nguyen, X. T. (2020). Whose research is it? Reflection on participatory research with women and girls with disabilities in the global South. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 12(2), pp. 129-153.

Nguyen, X. T., & Mitchell, C. (2019). Disability, Intersectionality, and Struggles over Social Justice: Reframing Debates over Children’s Rights. Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, 6(1), pp. 1-23. Available at https://ojs.library.carleton.ca/index.php/cjcr/article/view/2526

Nguyen, X. T., Stienstra, D., Gonick, M., Do, H., & Huynh, N. (2019). Unsettling research vs. activism: How might critical disability studies disrupt traditional research boundaries? Disability & Society, 34(7-8), 1042-1061.

Nguyen, X. T. (2018). Critical disability studies at the edge of global development: Why do we need to engage with Southern theory?. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 7(1), 1-25. Available at https://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/article/download/400/637

Nguyen, X. T., & Johnson, P. (2017). Transnational conversations in the context of disability rights: Building the potential for global activism. Third World Thematics, 20(20), 1-15.

Nguyen, X. T. (2016). Girls with disabilities in the Global South: Rethinking the politics of engagement, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(2), special issue on Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives, 53-71.

Erevelles, N., & Nguyen, X. T. (2016). Disability, girlhood, and vulnerability in transnational contexts. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(2), special issue on Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives, 3-20.

Nguyen, X. T. (2015). Genealogies of disability in global governance: A Foucauldian critique of disability and development. Foucault Studies. Special issue on New work on Foucault and Disability, 19, 67-83. Available at http://rauli.cbs.dk/index.php/foucault-studies/article/view/4825/0

Nguyen, X. T., Mitchell, C., De Lange, N., & Fritsch, K. (2015). Engaging girls with disabilities in Vietnam: Making their voices count. Disability & Society, special issue on Disability: Who counts? What count?, 30(5), 773-787.

Nguyen, X. T., & Mitchell, C. (2014). Inclusion in Vietnam: An intersectionality perspective on girls with disabilities and education. Childhood, 21(3), 324-338.

Film & Creative Productions

Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism (TDKRA). (2019). Our Journey. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIflV0zuL8k

Nguyen, X. T., Rahim, N., Miron, A., Dang, T. L., Mitchell, C. (2019). (Eds.). Envisioning inclusion: Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism. Hanoi: Hong Duc Publishers.

Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism (TDKRA). (2020). Policy brief. Available at https://carleton.ca/tkaa/wp-content/uploads/TDKRA-PB_April-25.pdf

Interview with Nick Ward (2019). The journey to global inclusion. FASSinate 2020 (pp. 138-149). Available at https://carleton.ca/fass/wp-content/uploads/FASSinate-2020.pdf

Forthcoming Publications

Nguyen, X. T., Bernasky, T., Gonick, M., & Mitchell, M. (submitted). Critical disability studies as methodologies for social change: The use of Participatory Research Methodologies in social research with women and girls with disabilities in the Global South. In M. Jeffres (Ed.) Disability Studies Research Methods Handbook. Temple University Press.

Nguyen, X. T., Mitchell, C., Bernasky, T. (submitted). Qualitative visual methods in research with girls and women with disabilities in the Global South: Critical reflections on disability rights in transnational contexts. In M. Rioux & R. Addlakha (Eds.) Handbook of Disability: Critical Thought, Human Rights and Social Change in a Globalizing World. Springer.

Graduate student supervisions

Hilda Smith (2020). Understanding the Role of Community in Knowledge Mobilization. Doctoral thesis, York University (co-supervising with Geoffrey Reaume, Critical Disability Studies, York University).

Juan Saavedra (2020). An Undetectable Work-Ethic: Design Activism’s detour and micro-manifesto into subcultures of queer disability and innovation. MA thesis, Carleton University (co-supervising with Hallgrimsson Bjarki, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University).

Bernasky, T. (2014). Towards anti-colonial inclusion: An analysis of Australian and British disability inclusive development work. MA thesis, York University.