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Xuan Thuy Nguyen

Principal Investigator

Degrees:M.Ed (McGill), PhD (McGill)

Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen’s research examines the ways girls and women with disabilities in the global South participate in research to claim their rights. This project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) [2016-20], aims to challenge gaps of knowledge on girls with disabilities within existing research on disability studies, inclusive education, human rights, and girlhood studies by connecting knowledge, research, and activism for their inclusion. This project provides opportunities for graduate students, academics, and activists in Canada to engage in transnational work for social justice with disabled girls and women in the global South. This research builds on her work on inclusion in the context of disability rights.

Her new book, The Journey to Inclusion, published by Sense 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. Focusing on the context of Vietnam, the book offers critical insight into contemporary debates on inclusion for people with disabilities in the face of neo-liberal, neo-imperialist, and neo-colonial ideologies. It challenges academics and activists to engage more deeply with the meanings and politics of inclusion in the intersection between global and local histories.

Selected Publications


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

Peer-Reviewed Book chapter

Nguyen, X. T. (in press). 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.). Handbook of inclusion and diversity in education. London: Sage.

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

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.

Book catalogue

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.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Nguyen, X. T. (in press). Governing difference: Reflecting on the bio-politics of cure. Review of “Curative violence: Rehabilitating disability, gender, and sexuality in modern Korea.” CRITICISM: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts.

Nguyen, X. T., Stienstra, D., Gonick, M., Do, H., & Huynh, N. (accepted). Unsettling research vs. activism: How might critical disability studies disrupt traditional research boundaries? Disability and Society, Special themed issue on Disability, Activism and the Academy: Time for Renewal?

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.

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.