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Dr. Tobin LeBlanc Haley

Assistant Professor

Dr. Haley (she/her) is a Mad critical political economist and critical disability studies scholar committed to intersectionality in knowledge production.

Her research is community-based, blending policy ethnography, archival research, and arts-informed approaches to make visible the impacts of Canadian social policy for people living at the intersection of disability and socio-economic poverty, and to chart new opportunities for positive change. Currently, she is working on two community-engaged research projects. The first, Transforming Policy Through Digital Storytelling: Homelessness on the Urban-Rural Fringe, is a SSHRC-funded collaboration between a group of people experiencing non-urban homelessness, Services and Housing in the Province, Dr. Laura Pin and the Re*Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph. The second is the Authors for Justice book project with survivors of Ontario’s regional centres in collaboration with Dr. Jay Dolmage (PI, University of Waterloo), registered social worker Washington Silk, MSW and filmmaker Jon Baltrusaitis, PhD Cand. 

As an educator, Dr. Haley is focussed on creating highly-accessible classrooms where the diverse learning needs of students are anticipated and where all students feel welcome. She is passionate about introducing students to critical and creative methodologies and methods and is very excited to be joining the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University, where collaborative and community-led scholarship in the service of social justice is supported.

“I decided to accept the position in the Department of Sociology because of the expressed enthusiasm about disability justice among faculty members. Most importantly, the Department is home to highly rigorous and ethical social justice scholars that I am excited to work alongside of and learn from.”