Dr. Michelle Owen

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Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Disability Studies Advisory Committee Chair
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue, Office 4G12
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3B 2E9
Phone: (204) 786-9973
Fax: (204) 774-4134
E-mail: m.owen@uwinnipeg.ca
Disability Studies: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/dean-arts-disability_studies_prog



Ph.D., Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto, 1999
M.A., Theory and Criticism, University Western Ontario 1993
Honours B.A., Political Science, University of Western Ontario, 1988

Areas of Interest:

Gender, sexuality, disability, chronic illness, family, theory.

Current Courses:

Selected Publications: Dissonant Disabilities image

Crooks, Valorie A., Sharon Dale Stone, and Michelle Owen. "Multiple Sclerosis and Academic Work: Socio-Spatial Strategies Adopted to Maintain Employment." Journal of Occupational Science Volume 16, Number 1 (April 2009), 25-31.

Driedger, Diane and Michelle Owen, editors. Dissonant Disabilities: Women with Chronic Illnesses Explore Their Lives (Toronto: Women's Press/Canadian Scholars' Press, 2008).

Owen, Michelle. "Lack of Support: Canadian Families and Disabilities." Canadian Families Today: New Perspectives. Edited by David Cheal (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2007), 213-232.

Morris, Marika, Colleen Watters, Vilma Dawson, Carol Muree Martin, Cecily Nicholson, Lise Martin, Michelle Owen, Kamal Sehgal, and Sara Torres. Integrating the Voices of Low-Income Women into Policy Discussions on the Canadian Social Transfer: First Nations Women in Vancouver, Immigrant and Refugee Women in Calgary, and Women with Disabilities in Winnipeg. Ottawa, Ontario, CRIAW, 2007.

Owen, Michelle and Colleen Watters. "Housing for Assisted Living in Inner-City Winnipeg: A Social Analysis of Housing Options for People with Disabilities." Canadian Journal of Urban Research Volume 15, Issue 1 (Summer 2006), 1-18.

Owen, Michelle with Lindsey Troschuk. “Women with Disabilities: A Unique Population.” In A Tribute to Grassroots Organizing for Women’s Health: Cases from Around the World. Edited by Sara Torres, Prabha Khosla with Nuzhath Leedham and Lise Martin (Ottawa: CRIAW/ICREF 2004), 24-27.

Owen, Michelle. “Overstepping the Bounds: Bisexuality, Gender, and Sociology.” The Journal of Bisexuality 3, Number 2 (2003), 31-39.

Owen, Michelle. "'Family' as a Site of Contestation: Queering the Normal or Normalizing the Queer?" In a Queer Country: Gay and Lesbian Studies in the Canadian Context. Ed. by Terry Goldie (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2001), 86-102.

Owen, Michelle. "Not the Same Story: Conducting Interviews with Queer Community Activists." Resources for Feminist Research: Special Issue on Feminist Practice in Qualitative Research 28, Numbers 1 and 2 (Spring/Summer 2000), 49-60.

Owen, Michelle. "Gender." Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. Ed. by Lorraine Code (London: Routledge, 2000), 220-222.

Recent Conferences:

Michelle Owen and Valorie Crooks, “Multiple Sclerosis and Academic Work: Socio-
Spatial Strategies Adopted to Maintain Employment.” Canadian Disability Studies Association Annual Meetings, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 24-25, 2009.

Michelle Owen, “Forgotten Sisters: Access for Women with Disabilities.” 1st World Conference of Women’s Shelters, Edmonton, Alberta, September 11, 2008.

Michelle Owen, “Panhandling for Loperamide: Women with Disabilities and the Inadequacy of Social Policy.” Women’s Worlds/Mundos de Mujeres 2008: 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Madrid, Spain, July 5, 2008.

Michelle Owen, “Dissonant Disabilities: Women with Chronic Illnesses Explore Their Lives” (Book Presentation). Canadian Disability Studies Association Annual Meetings, University of British Columbia, B.C., June 5, 2008.

Valorie Crooks, Michelle Owen, and Sharon Dale Stone. “Multiple Sclerosis and Academic Work: Socio-Spatial Strategies Adopted to Maintain Employment (Poster).” Placing Occupation: The Canadian Association of Occupational Scientists (CSOS) Fourth Canadian Occupational Science Symposium. Lakehead University, Ontario, May 15 – 17, 2008.

Michelle Owen, “Violence in the Lives of Girls and Young Women with Disabilities” (Poster). 24th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 15, 2008.

Michelle Owen, “Intersecting Sites of Violence: Girls and Young Women with Disabilities.” International Conference on Sociology, The Sociology Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and research (ATINER), Athens, Greece, May 15, 2007.

On-Going Research:

“Chronic Illness and the Knowledge Worker: The Roles of Gender and Institutional
Policies in Shaping the Socio-Spatial Workplace Environment and Employment
Outcomes,” 2008-2011, Co-Investigator

Membership and Service:


Research Chair in Disability Studies, Canadian Centre of Disability Studies, affiliated
with the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, 2003-2004.