Mary Jean Hande, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manitoba
Mary Jean Hande portrait

I am a postdoctoral fellow in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. I recently completed my PhD at University of Toronto in the Adult Education and Community Development program. I am committed to movements for social transformation and community-engaged research and learning. Focusing on community-based, alternative and prefigurative care models and practices, my research uses historical materialist, disability studies and feminist methods to explore the role of care in social movements, financialized transnational economies, and imperialist projects.

My SSHRC-funded doctoral research examined alternative community-based care formations, political consciousness, and revolutionary organizing in the context of austerity in Ontario. Building on this, my postdoctoral research looks at transnational political economies of caring for older and disabled people, considering the relations of racialized migrant labour and Canadian home care systems.