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Political Studies

Dr. Nadine Changfoot

Dr. Nadine Changfoot

Associate Professor

Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 0G2

Champlain College, C2
Phone: (705) 748-1011 x6005
Fax: (705)748-1047

E-mail: nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca


Nadine Changfoot completed her B.A. in Public Policy and Administration (York), M.A. in Public Administration (Carleton), and Ph.D. in Political Science (York). She is Senior Research Associate with Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at University of Guelph. She was Chair of Political Studies January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017. She has taught at York University and Duke University, and also been a Visiting Scholar at Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Political Science at Duke University and Political Science at University of California at Berkeley. Nadine has also worked as policy analyst for the Ontario and Federal governments and senior management consultant for a private firm in Ottawa.

Nadine's teaching and research interests combine Canadian politics, political theory, and gender, women, critical disability, and sustainability studies. She teaches courses on topics of cultural politics, gender, women and politics, activist art, and democratizing Canadian society. Her research includes activist art and politics, community arts, arts-based and community based research on issues of disability and difference, environmental sustainability, and the (re)signification of Hegel's dialectic for feminist thought. She was awarded a Trent University Teaching Fellowship (2017-2020) to develop critically informed Wikipedia assignments for students to make meaningful and rigorous contributions related to community and disability culture and improve Wikipedia articles. This is significant because Wikipedia is the most accessed public information source. Students have been excited and rewarded to see their contributions go public.

Research Projects

Research Stream Lead and Management Team Member: “Bodies in Translation (BIT): Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life,” (SSHRC Partnership Grant 2017-2024). BIT is co-directed by Dr. Carla Rice, Canada Research Chair in care, gender and relationships at the University of Guelph and Dr. Eliza Chandler of Ryerson University in Critical Disability Studies. In Peterborough, the project will produce short multimedia videos made by older and intergenerational community members including artists, healthcare providers, and aging and disability advocates who experience intersections of aging, disability and multiple differences, including gender, race, sexuality, and class.

“These videos will bring to light the agency and creativity of older and aging adults living with disability and importantly challenge negative representations that influence marginalization,” said Professor Changfoot. Reflecting on her past project that mobilizes new meanings of disability and difference, she adds, “Tangible impacts of arts-research creation include cultural recognition for marginalized groups. As well, audiences express desire to improve accessibility, change healthcare encounters, and create community and belonging in meaningful ways.”

Academic Co-Lead in Peterborough-Haliburton, Phase I: “Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) and Co-Investigator, Phase II. (SSHRCC Partnership Grant, 2012-2020). Community First is led by Dr. Peter Andrée at Carleton University. This project is developing a national community of engaged scholarship. In phase I, it carried out and evaluated community-based education projects in Peterborough, Haliburton, Ottawa, and Vancouver and advanced community-campus engagement nationally. Impacts of partnerships in Peterborough and Haliburton include: creating design plans with Stewart Street neighbourhood conveying neighbourhood preferences in bike lanes, lighting, sidewalks, street landscaping, and parks; seasonal events for Abbey Gardens and Haliburton Highlands Land Trust to raise awareness of environmental sustainability and develop critically informed environmental tourism; and seasonal support and improvements for Abbey Gardens Farmers Market Table, as well as building relationship with local farmers; creating an immersive Community First research model for graduate students to work directly in the community upon which the John and Thea Patterson Abbey Gardens Graduate Research Assistantship is based. In Phase II, CFICE has created tools, pathways, and networks to strengthen policy for, and networks of Community Engaged Scholarship at the institutional and national level.

CFICE Outputs of Interest 

“Faculty Supporting Students in Community-Campus Engagement,” Faculty Webinar, Community First: Impacts of Community-Campus Engagement (CFICE), Carleton University, October 25, 2017. https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/2017/video-plain-language-webinar-recording-2/

“Radio Documentary: Partnering for Change: Impacts of CFICE (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement),” created by Julie Bourassa, April 26, 2017. Nadine’s Interview at 5:00min https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/2017/radio-documentary-partnering-change/

CFICE Connections Newsletter

Co-Principal Investigator: Mobilizing New Meanings of Disability and Difference: Using Arts-Based Approaches to Advance Health Care Inclusion for Women with Disabilities. (CIHR funded, 2011-2014). Universities involved: Guelph, Laurentian, Trent. Peterborough Community Partner: YWCA Peterborough, Haliburton, Victoria. This project produced over 100 short 2-3 minute multimedia digital videos (digital stories) that express the lives of and were made by women living with disability and difference and healthcare providers. An experimental play “Small Acts of Saying” was also created from stories of women living with disabilities and difference. To read about this project and see some amazing films:

Chapter 5 “Strengthening Our Activisms at the Intersections of the Personal, Professional, Disability, and Aging,” Lead co-author with Mary Anne Ansley and Andrea Dodsworth. Unsettling Activisms: Critical Interventions on Aging, Gender, and Social Change. Editors May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, and Pat Evans. Toronto: Women’s Press Canada, 2018: 129-144

“Chapter 2 Imagining Otherwise: The Ephemeral Spaces of Envisioning New Meanings.” co-authored with Carla Rice and Eliza Chandler. Mobilizing metaphor: Art, culture and disability activism in Canada. Eds. Christine Kelly & Michael Orsini. Vancouver: University British Columbia Press, 2016.

Member: Women Building Inclusion (WBI). WBI started following from the October 2012 Digital Storytelling workshop in Peterborough. WBI disseminates knowledge from the Digital Storytelling Workshop which includes the impact of arts-based research . Mary Anne Ansley and Andrea Dodsworth animate WBI with Nadine. Joëlle Favreau of the YWCA Peterborough, Haliburton and Victoria inspired and supported the group to get started.

Joelle Favreau, Mary Anne Ansley, Andrea Dodsworth and Tamara Mann pose with Professor Nadine Changfoot at YWCA

Left to right: Joëlle Favreau, Mary Anne Ansley, Andrea Dodsworth, Tamara Mann

Selected Publications

• “Participatory planning for active transportation in a low-income neighbourhood in Peterborough, Canada: building capacity and collaborative interactions for influence,” with Tessa Nasca and Stephen Hill. Community Development Journal (Open Access). Published online July 13, 2018: 1-21.

“Cultivating Disability Arts in Canada” with Eliza Chandler, Carla Rice, Andrea Lamarre and Roxanne Mykitiuk. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 2018, v. 40, n.3: 249-260.

“Making Spaces: Multimedia Storytelling as Reflexive, Creative Praxis,” with Carla Rice, Andrea Lamarre, Patty Douglas. Qualitative Research in Psychology.  Published online (March 27, 2018)  

Chapter 5 “Strengthening Our Activisms at the Intersections of the Personal, Professional, Disability, and Aging,” with Mary Anne Ansley and Andrea Dodsworth.Unsettling Activisms: Critical Interventions on Aging, Gender, and Social Change. Editors May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, and Pat Evans. Toronto: Women’s Press Canada, 2018: 129-144.

“Imagining Disability Futurities,” with Carla Rice, Eliza Chandler, Jen Rinaldi, Kirsty Liddiard, Ingrid Mundel, and Roxanne Mykitiuk. Hypatia: Feminist Journal of Philosophy. v 32 no. 2 Spring 2017: 213-229. 

“Chapter 2 Imagining Otherwise: The Ephemeral Spaces of Envisioning New Meanings.” with Carla Rice and Eliza Chandler. Mobilizing metaphor: Art, culture and disability activism in Canada. Eds. Christine Kelly & Michael Orsini. Vancouver: University British Columbia Press, 2016: 54-75.

“Why is Quebec Separatism Off the Agenda?: Reducing National Unity Crisis in the Neoliberal Era.” Lead co-author with Blair Cullen. Canadian Journal of Political Science/ Revue canadienne de science politique, v. 44, n. 4 December 2011: 769-787.

Nominated for the 2012 John McMenemy prize, the Canadian Political Science Association annual award for best scholarly article

“Transcendence in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex: Revisiting Masculinist Ontology.” Philosophy & Social Criticism. v. 35, n. 4 May 2009: 391-410.

“The Second Sex’s Continued Relevance for Equality and Difference Feminisms.” European Journal of Women’s Studies. v. 16, n.1 February 2009:11-31.

"Local Activism and Neoliberalism: Performing Neoliberal Citizenship as Resistance". Studies in Political Economy. 80, Autumn 2007: 129-148.

“Feminist Standpoint Theory, Hegel, and the Dialectical Self: Shifting Foundations,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, v. 30, 2004: 477-502.

“Hegel's Antigone: A Response to the Feminist Critique” The Owl of Minerva: Journal of the Hegel Society of America , v. 33, n. 2, Spring/Spring 2002, pp. 179-204. Featured article for this special issue on feminist critique of Hegel's thought.

"The Solidarity Deficit: The Rise of Neo-Liberalism in Canada and the National Unity Question," with Martin Morris. International Journal of Canadian Studies No. 14, Fall 1996: 137-154 (with M. Morris).

Research Creation 

Juried Selected Film

Created and Directed “Nadine Changfoot.” Produced by Project ReVision, REDLAB (Re-Visioning Differences Mobile Media Arts Lab), University of Guelph.

Length: 2 min 27 seconds

Film synopsis: This film recounts the confusing, self-hating, dislocating and disembodying experience of being racialized and othered from the outside as a little girl compared to a time when she felt belonging was a given. The film then moves to experiences of being seen, still today, through a racialized and othering gaze. She hopes that her film will encourage reflection on belonging and the Canadian gaze that can be reconstituted in ways more accepting, diverse, and inclusive.