University of Guelph
Carla Rice is a Canada Research Chair in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. She founded and directs Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and REDLAB, a cutting-edge research creation centre and a state-of-the-art media-lab, which explore how misrepresented and aggrieved communities use arts-informed research to advance social inclusion and justice. Since coming to the University of Guelph, she’s published three books and numerous articles in journals and scholarly texts. She recently received a SSHRC Partnership Grant called Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, which seeks to cultivate disability, d/Deaf, aging and fat activist arts in Ontario over the next seven years. Bodies in Translation was ranked 1st nationally, with the review panel noting that the “project provides an enormously significant, comprehensive, well-researched, unconventional, paradigm-changing framework with the potential to substantially shift the dominant discourse around disability arts and activism as well as to provide a solid platform for multiple forms of research-creation and substantial opportunities for high-quality training and pedagogical development.”
Dr. Rice’s commitment to access and innovation in research is matched by her commitment to social justice in education at all levels across the university. For example, her co-edited introductory textbook Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada: Critical Terrain is a bestseller in Canada, selling over 12,000 copies in the past four years and soon be in second edition. For her training and mentoring of graduate students, she has received the Feminist Mentorship Award, conferred by the Women and Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association for excellence in research mentorship and advocacy. In 2015, she also received a University of Guelph Faculty Teaching Award at for outstanding graduate teaching and in 2014, she was awarded a Body Confidence Canada Award for outstanding advocacy in challenging the labelling and discrediting of marginalized bodies.