Richard Ingram

Richard Ingram received a PhD in interdisciplinary studies from UBC in 2005. His dissertation explored first-person narratives of living with a diagnosis of a mental disorder. Having held a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in disability studies at UBC, he moved to Toronto for a one-year position as a senior research fellow in disability studies at Ryerson University. Richard’s work in disability studies led him to propose a new area of knowledge: Mad Studies. Five years after Richard's original mapping of what he termed the in/discipline of Mad Studies, an anthology of Canadian Mad Studies was published, which has in turn spurred the development of Mad Studies in many countries around the world. 

In 2010, Richard joined the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health, based in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where he worked until the summer of 2012. He has subsequently worked for a local non-profit organization, the West Coast Mental Health Network. Richard continues to be inspired by Ernesto Laclau (1935-2014), who founded and taught in the Ideology and Discourse Analysis program in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, U.K. Before moving to Canada in 1993, Richard gained an MA in ideology and discourse analysis (1991-92).

Previously taught:

  • Beyond Neo-Liberalism: The Rise of Radical Democracy (55+)   PLUS227

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