Jennifer M. Gagnon
Research / Teaching Area
Dr. Jennifer M. Gagnon (she/her/hers) (PhD, Political Science, University of Minnesota, BA, University of British Columbia) is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has taught in a wide range of programs including Political Science, Classics, Academic Writing, International Education and more. Her research is interdisciplinary and embraces topics in political theory, classics, critical disability studies, qualitative methods, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), feminism, and gender. Her main area of research is in the intersections between ancient political thought and disability studies, especially as concerns gender, inclusion and exclusion, violence, and visible and invisible disabilities. As an advocate, she is involved in efforts and workshop facilitation on Disability Justice, accessibility, a culture of consent, and LGBTQ2SIA+ inclusion both on and off campus. She is the creator and chair of UBC’s Disability Affinity Group for disabled faculty and staff which works towards the goals of community care and Disability Justice. She is a recipient of the 2021 Killam Teaching Prize at UBC which recognizes excellence in teaching innovation. Dr. Gagnon identifies as a bisexual settler and disabled woman and strives to bring her whole self to her teaching and research.
- “Lessons in Suffering: Greek Tragedy’s Teachings on Disability through Sophocles’ Philoctetes,” New Political Science. Vol. 38, No. 3, 2016.
- “‘We Are Not Anything Alike:’ Marginalization of Health Professionals with Disabilities,” coauthored with: Laura Yvonne Bulk, Adam Easterbrook, Michael Lee, Earlene Roberts, Marlee Groening, Susan Murphy, Parisa Ghanouni, and Tal Jarus, as part of the Inclusive Campus Project, University of British Columbia. Disability and Society, April 2017.
- “Disabled Healthcare Professionals’ Diverse, Individual, Embodied, and Socially Embedded Experiences,” co-author, Advances in Health Sciences Education, September 2019