Mary Jean Hande, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Saint Vincent University
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I am a postdoctoral fellow in Family Studies and Gerontology and the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University. I recently completed my PhD at University of Toronto in the Adult Education and Community Development program. I am committed to transformative social movements and community-engaged health, research and learning. My interdisciplinary research uses historical materialist, feminist, aging and disability studies, to explore the politics of care in homes, institutions, transnational economies, and social movements.

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 focuses on transnational political economies of caring for older and disabled people, considering the relations of racialized migrant labour and Canadian long-term residential and home care systems. This research is supported by both SSHRC and CIHR grants.