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Political Studies

Dr. Nadine Changfoot

Associate Professor & Chair

Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8

Champlain College, C2
Phone: (705) 748-1011 x6005
Fax: (705)748-1047
E-mail: nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca

A clip from CHEX News watch regarding technology's presence in the election, featuring Trent Prof. Nadine Changfoot.


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 has taught at York University and Duke University, and also been a Visiting Scholar at Women’s 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, and democratizing Canadian society. Her research includes 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 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 among the most accessed public information sources. Students have been excited and rewarded to see their contributions go public.

Research Projects

Research Stream Lead: “Bodies in Translation (BIT): Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life,” (SSHRC Partnership Grant 2017-2024). BIT is led 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 the 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) led by Dr. Peter Andrée at Carleton University SSHRCC Partnership Grant, 2012-2020.

This project is evaluating community-based education projects in Peterborough, Haliburton, Ottawa, and Vancouver and advancing 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.

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/

Co-Principal Investigator. “Mobilizing New Meanings of Disability and Difference: Using Arts-Based Approaches to Advance Health Care Inclusion for Women with Disabilities.” Funded by CIHR, 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.

Check out our website (and watch some fantastic films): http://www.envisioningnewmeanings.ca/

Women Building Inclusion (WBI) started following from the October 2012 Digital Storytelling workshop in Peterborough. WBI is an advocacy group that raises awareness and represents the interests of persons living with disabilities in the city. 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

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.

Watch here: https://vimeo.com/120832001