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Jacqui Gingras

Dr. Jacqui Gingras

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
EducationBSc (University of British Columbia), MSc (University of Alberta), PhD (Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Curriculum and Instruction)
Phone416-979-5000 x557726

Areas of Expertise: 

social health movements; health activism; healthism; weight stigma; fat studies; sociology of work/health professions; scholarship on teaching and learning; sociology of education 


My research explores social health movements, fat studies, critical pedagogies, and decolonization of higher education and health professions within the entanglements of colonial neoliberal economics and intersectional feminisms. I have published in the Fat Studies Journal, Journal of Sociology, and Critical Public Health. And, I am the founding editor of the Journal of Critical Dietetics,, opens in new window an open-access, peer-reviewed journal.

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Graduate Program Membership:

  • Communication & Culture

Community & Professional Service:

  • I am the Sociology Ungraduate Program Director
  • I serve on the Political Action Committee of the university Faculty Association
  • I ran as a New Democrat in the 2015 federal election

Recent Publications:

Gingras, J. and J.J. Stranz. 2022. "The magical thinking that permits anti-fat experts to fight fat stigma while also fighting fat." in Fat Studies in Canada: (Re)mapping the field (pp. 146-170), edited by A. Taylor, K. Ioannoni, C. Evans, R. Bahra, A. Scriver, & M. Friedman. Toronto: Inanna Publications.

Friedman, M. and J. Gingras. 2022. "'(How) can we speak of this?' Opening into the dark spaces of maternal regret, choice, and the unknowable" in Maternal Regret: Resistances, Renunciations, and Reflections, external link, opens in new window (pp.239-254), edited by A. O’Reilly. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Friedman, M., K. Lichtfuss, L. Martignetti and J. Gingras. 2021. “It feels a bit like drowning”: Expectations and Experiences of Motherhood during COVID-19., external link, opens in new window Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 42(1).  

Brady, J., J. Gingras and K. LeBesco. 2019. “Because…’obesity’: Reframing blame in food studies” in Feminist food studies: Exploring intersectionality, external link (pp. 103-122), edited by B. Parker, J. Brady, E. Power, & S. Belyea. Toronto: Women’s Press.

Gingras, J. and J. Brady. 2019. “The history of Critical Dietetics: The story of finding each other” in Critical dietetics and nutrition studies, external link (pp. 1-14), edited by J. Coveney and S. Booth. New York: Springer.

MacPhail, D., J. Brady and J. Gingras. 2017. Exposed social flesh: Towards an embodied fat pedagogy., external link Fat Studies Journal 6(1): 17-37.

Gingras, J., Y. Asada, J. Brady and L. Aphramor. 2017. “Critical dietetics: Challenging the profession from within” in Critical perspectives in food studies, 2nd ed., external link (pp. 95-107), edited by M. Koc, J. Sumner and A. Winson. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gingras, J., P. Robinson, J. Waddell and L. Cooper (eds.). 2016. Teaching as scholarship: Preparing students for professional practice in community services., external link Toronto, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press.

Brady, J.L., and J. Gingras. 2016. “Celebrating unruly experiences: Queering health at every size as a response to the politics 
of postponement” in Obesity in Canada: Critical perspectives, external link (pp. 399-418), edited by J. Ellison, D. McPhail and W. Mitchinson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.