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Deborah Stienstra


Degrees:B.A. (Alberta), M.A. (York), PhD (York)

Deborah Stienstra is a Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. This year she is also the proud mother of two graduates – a daughter graduating with her B.A. Honours at University of Ottawa, and a son graduating from high school. Deborah describes herself as passionately involved in feminist disability research, teaching/learning and collaboration. She has published books, articles and reports broadly in the area of disability rights and policies, global development and disability, and women and disabilities.

Deborah has led or co-led five large, multi-year research networks including on women and resource development, end of life care and people with disabilities, and disability and global development. She also builds partnerships with community-based organizations including DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada, Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW). In November 2016, the United Nations recognized her expertise with an invitation to participate in the Expert Group meeting on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Santiago Chile.