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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Jen Rinaldi

Associate Professor

Legal Studies

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 514
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5873


Dr. Jen Rinaldi earned a doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University, where she studied how disability diagnostic technologies affect reproductive decision-making. She completed her master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Guelph, where her thesis research focused on constitutional protections of same-sex marriage. She graduated with great distinction at the University of Windsor, earning a Combined Honours degree in Philosophy and Classical Civilizations. Funded by the Women’s College Hospital, her work engages with narrative and arts-based methodologies to deconstruct eating disorder recovery, and to re-imagine recovery in relation to queer community. Dr. Rinaldi also works in collaboration with Recounting Huronia, an arts-based collective that explores and stories traumatic histories of institutionalization.

Curriculum vitae 2017


  • PhD, Critical Disability Studies York University
  • MA, Philosophy University of Guelph

Courses taught

  • Advanced Topics: Art and Law
  • Disability and the Law
  • Law and the Body
  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophy of Law

Research and expertise

  • disability and law
  • feminist and queercrip legal theory
  • health law and policy
  • mental health law
  • reproductive technologies


  • Selected publications

    Rinaldi, J., & Rossiter K. (2018). Institutional Violence and Disability: Punishing Conditions. Routledge Advances in Disability Studies. 

    Rice, C., Chandler, E., Rinaldi, J., Liddiard, K., Changfoot, N., Mykitiuk, R., & Mundel, I. (2017). Imagining Disability Futurities. Hypatia, 32(2), 213-229.

    Rice, C., Chandler, E., Liddiard, K, Rinaldi, J., & Harrison, E. (2016). Pedagogical Possibilities for Unruly Bodies. Gender & Education, 28(8), 1-20

    Rinaldi, J., Rice, C., LaMarre, A., Pendleton-Jimenez, K., Harrison, E., Friedman, M., McPhail, D., Robinson, M., & Tidgwell, T. (2016). Through Thick & Thin: Storying Queer Women’s Experiences of Idealised Body Images & Expected Body Management Practices. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 7(2).

    Rinaldi, J., & Halifax, N.V.D. (2016). Challenging Rhetorical Indifference with Cripped Poetry of Witness. In C. Kelly & M. Orsini (Eds.), Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (pp. 241-259). Vancouver: UBC Press.

    Rinaldi, J., & Dolmage, J. (accepted). “Of Dark Type and Poor Physique”: Law, Immigration Restriction, and Disability in Canada, 1900-1930. In R. Malhotra (Ed.), Law, Disability and the History of North American Social Movements. Vancouver: UBC Press.

    Rinaldi, J. (2013). Reproductive Inequality in Canada. Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality, 1(1).

  • Recent conference presentations

    Rinaldi, J., & Mykitiuk, R. (May 2017). Dis-Law: An Analysis of Disability Case Law 2006-2016. Nordic Network of Disability Research 14th Annual Conference. Orebro, Sweden.

    Rinaldi, J., Rice, C., & LaMarre, A. (Jun. 2016). Embodying Intersectionality: The Impact of Body Standards in and on Intersectional Queer Community. Fat Studies: Identity, Agency and Embodiment. Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    Fernando, S., & Rinaldi, J. (May 2016). De/Constructing Exclusionary Immigration Law and Policy, Past and Present. Canadian Disability Studies 13th Annual Conference, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. Calgary, Alberta.

    Rossiter, K., & Rinaldi, J. (Jun. 2015). Recounting Huronia: A Reflection on Legal Discourse and the Weight of Injustice. Canadian Disability Studies Association 12th Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ottawa, Ontario.

  • Media appearances

    Safeguarding Against Abuse

    Briarpatch Magazine | June 21, 2016

    In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously overturned the prohibition on assisted suicide in a decision known as Carter v. Canada. In the wake of this decision, and as we witness the development of the medical assistance in dying legislation (Bill C-14), I see deep divisions and hear grave concerns in the disability communities where I live and work, and where my heart sits. To paraphrase disability rights advocate and my friend Allen Mankewich, when you talk about many of the medical conditions you’d rather die than face, you are talking about me.

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    Survivors of institutionalization empowered to speak out

    Community Living Ontario | February 29, 2016

    Gone, but not forgotten—that's the belief of many former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre. It's been nearly seven years since the institution closed its doors for good, but, for many, the memories live on. A new initiative comprised of survivors is looking to ensure that their experiences will never be forgotten.

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