Tanis Doe Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gender, Disability and Social Justice in the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

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January 9, 2020 to March 1, 2020
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Indigenous Studies, Black History / Studies

The Tanis Doe post-doctoral fellowship will provide an opportunity for emerging scholarship on animating disability movements in Canada and globally. 

Tanis Doe, the fellowship’s namesake, was a Fulbright Scholar and a professor at universities across Canada and the United States. As a Métis deaf woman with other disabilities, Doe was a widely respected disability rights advocate and active in local and international disability, queer and feminist movements.

Dr. Doe held spaces between academia and community, recognizing that each contribute to ensuring that our histories and the complexities of our lives are not forgotten. This fellowship allows for research that continues Dr. Doe’s work that centred the experiences of communities who worked to prevent institutional brutality, oppose colonialism, and foster social justice.

The Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) in Gender, Disability and Social Justice will support the existing philosophy of the School of Disability Studies and its commitment to engaging and transforming exclusionary cultural, social and political systems. 

Particularly, we welcome applications with research programs that employ transnational, diaspora, post-colonial and/or Black Disability Studies.

The Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellow will: 

  • Be a scholar who identifies as disabled/Deaf/mad 
  • Advance social justice scholarship that critically addresses understandings of and approaches to gender and disability identity, social relations and systems. Create and implement a program of research that contributes to and/or extends research directions in the School of Disability Studies
  • Demonstrate productivity and skills in research proposals and grant management, scholarly publications, and knowledge mobilization that is innovative, accessible and public
  • Engage and animate disability movements through activism, community and professional practice 
  • Contribute to the School’s culture of collegial exchange by maintaining a presence within the School
  • Engage with students in the School of Disability Studies, the Faculty of Community Services, and broadly with Ryerson University by fostering collaborative relationships, and opportunities for service. 


  • Hold a PhD in Disability Studies or equivalent field (granted between June 1st 2015 and June 1st 2020)
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to all activities related to the Fellowship.

How to apply

Please email your application to Esther Ignagni at eignagni@ryerson.ca. Applications should be submitted in screen readable PDF and word formats. In the subject line please indicate: Tanis Doe Post-Doctoral Fellow in Gender, Disability and Social Justice

Applications must include the following:

  • 1 page cover letter
  • 2 page program of research (maximum 1000 words)
  • CV in OCGS format 
  • 2 recent publications and/or creative product relevant to the application 
  • Two letters of reference attesting to candidates capacity for post-doctoral research. 

This opportunity is for two years beginning May 1, 2020. Application deadline is March 1st 2020.

Please send any inquiries about the award via email to: 

Dr. Esther Ignagni
Director and Associate Professor
School of Disability Studies
Ryerson University 

Contact Info: 

Eliza Chandler, Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

Esther Ignagni, Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University