Chelsea Jones

Associate Professor

Office: CRN 335
905-688-5550 x5579

Dr. Chelsea Temple Jones (pronouns: she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies. A queer, white settler spoonie, Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities and an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University. She completed a Mitacs postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Regina’s Vocally Oriented Investigations of Create Expression (VOICE) Lab—a studio space for disabled folx who communicate in various ways, and not always through speech. She currently holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant that continues her study of the ways in which ableist, colonial gestures of “giving voice” face resistance from young, disabled adults engaged in disability justice.

Dr. Jones’ qualitative research focuses on disabled children’s childhood studies and takes intellectual disability as a cultural phenomenon. Her work is deeply engaged in disabled, deaf, mad, and crip-informed arts-based research methods informed by her earlier position as a Research Associate at Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph. An award-winning teacher and journalist, Dr. Jones is a former Instructor of research methods courses at Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies and is the co-founder of the transdisciplinary podcast, “Podagogies: A Learning and Teaching Podcast.” She brings storytelling into all of her courses and works with students to create intellectual partnerships that value collaboration through a broad, ever-changing understanding of how we might engage in accessible knowledge production.

  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Disabled children’s childhood studies
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Disability Media Studies
  • Arts-based research
  • Expressive writing and non-normative narrative
  • Digital storytelling/world-making

Jones, C., Chatsick, J., Collins, K., Zbitnew, A. (forthcoming). “‘The Fuzzy Mouse”: Unresolved Reflections on Podcasting, Public Pedagogy, and Intellectual Disability.” Palgrave Handbook of Communication and Disability. (Jeffress, M., Ed.)

Jones, C. (forthcoming). “‘Where are the goddamn pens?’ And Other Disappearances in Writing Intellectual Disability.” Disappearing Disability (Titchkosky, T., Cagulada, E., & De Welles, M., Eds.)

Collins, K., Jones, C., Rice, C. (2022). “Keeping Relaxed Performance Vital: Affect and Emotion in RP Pedagogy.” Journal of Literary & Cultural
Disability Studies
, 16(2), 179-196.

Jones, C., Rice, C., Collins, K. (2022). “Staging Accessibility: Collective Stories of Relaxed Performance.” Research in Drama Education (RiDE): The
Journal of Applied Theatre
, 27(2), 1-18.

Jones, C., Collins, K., Zbitnew, A. (2022). “Accessibility as Aesthetic in Broadcast Media: Critical Access Theory and Disability Justice as Project-based Learning.” Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 77(1), 24-42.

Rice, C., Jones, C., Mundel, C. (2022). “Slow Story-Making in Urgent Times.” Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies, 22(3), 1-10.

Murreda, A., Jones, C., Zbitnew, A., Collins, K. (2022). “Doing Disability Movies Differently: Representing Disability Through a Short Film.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 16(2).

Jones, C. (2021). “‘Wounds of Regret’: Critical Reflections on Competence and ‘Professional Intuition’ in Research with Intellectually Disabled People.’Disability Studies Quarterly.

Jones, C., Changfoot, N., & Johnston, K. (2021). “Representing Disability, D/deaf, and Mad Artists and Art in Journalism: Identifying Ableist Fault Lines and Promising Crip Practices of Representation.” Studies in Social Justice.

Jones, C., Rice, C., Chandler, C. Lam, M. (2021). “Toward TechnoAccess: A Narrative Literature Review of Disabled and Aging Experiences of Using Technology to Access the Arts.” Technology in Society.

Jones, C., & Sujani, S. (2021). “Journalism and Disability in Canada: Blind and Visually Impaired Journalists Weigh In.” Canadian Journal of Communication.

Rice, C., Jones, C., Watkins, J., Besse, K. (2020). “Relaxed Performance: An Ethnography of Pedagogy in Praxis.” Critical Stages.

Jones, C. & Cheuk, F. (2020). “Something is Happening: Encountering Silence in Disability Research.” Qualitative Research Journal.

Kerzner, L., Jones, C., Haller, B. & Blaser, A. (2020). “Rights and representation: Media narratives about disabled people and their service animals in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Jones, C., & Collins, K. (2020). “From extraordinary to ordinary: Tensions in filming disability activism.” International Journal of Education Through Art.

Jones, C. (2020). “Dropping the disability beat: Why specialized reporting doesn’t solve disability (mis)representation.” The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media. Routledge. (Ellis, K., Goggin, G., & Haller, B., Eds.)

Shek-Noble, L., & Jones, C. (2020). “‘Who will clean up this mess?’: Reflections on media coverage of human-guide dog pair in Southeast Asia.” Disability & Society.

Jones, C. (2019). “That time I punched a boy in the forehead: Sibling stories ahead of research.” Disability & Society.