J. Voronka

Dr. Jijian Voronka (she/her)
Associate Professor
Disability Studies Coordinator
Office: 167 Ferry Street, 232
Windsor, ON N9A 0C5
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6775

Scholarly Interests/Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Disability & Mad Studies
  • Social Movement Activism & Disability Justice Education
  • Housing Precarity & Homelessness
  • Disability Leadership, Inclusion, Participation, Resistance
  • Interdisciplinary Critical Theory
  • Disability Identity & Culture
  • Qualitative Methods & Methodologies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Social Justice Education, University of Toronto
  • M.A. Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • B.A. (Hon.) University of Toronto

Recent Courses Taught

  • DISB 2010: Disability Studies: Theory & Culture
  • DISB 3020: Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities
  • DISB 4010: Community Approaches, Advocacy & Empowerment
  • DISB 4020: Service Delivery Systems & Independent Living
  • SWRK 9720: Epistemology & the Philosophy of Science in Social Work


Dr. JIJIAN VORONKA is an Associate Professor and current Disability Studies Program Coordinator in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. She teaches primarily for their Disability Studies program, where she uses Critical Disability Studies perspectives to elucidate confluences of power that affect disabled people in everyday, community, and institutional life. Her current research uses Critical Disability and Mad Studies to explore disability inclusion strategies; survivor research methodologies in practice; sites of confinement in the age of deinstitutionalization; and teaching and learning through disability justice frameworks. Her work prioritizes mental health service user knowledge production through service user-led, community-based, discourse, and narrative inquiry.

Peer-Reviewed Publications since 2016

Journal Articles

Yeo, C., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Armstrong, V., Borg, M., Franklin, D., Goril Klevan, T., Llewellyn-Beardsleya, J., Newby, C., Ng, F., Thorpe, N., Voronka, J., Slade, M. (2022). Uses and misuses of recorded mental health lived experience narratives in healthcare and community settings: systematic review. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 48(1), 134-144.

Voronka, J. & Grant, J. (2021). Service user storytelling in social work education: Goals, constraints, strategies, and risks. Social Work Education https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2021.1908251

MacKinnon, K.R., Guta, A., Voronka, J., Pilling, M., Williams, C.C., Strike, C., Ross, L.E. (2021). The political economy of peer research: Mapping the possibilities and precarities of paying people for lived experience. The British Journal of Social Work, 51(3), 888-906.

Snyder, S., Pitt, K., Shanouda, F., Voronka, J., Reid, J. & Landry, D. (2019). Unlearning through Mad Studies: Disruptive pedagogical praxis. Curriculum Inquiry, 49(4), 485-502.

Voronka, J. (2019). The mental health peer worker as informant: Performing authenticity and the paradoxes of passing. Disability & Society, 34(4), 564-582. 

Reid, J., Snyder, S., Voronka, J., Landry, D. & Church, K. (2019). Mobilizing mad art in the neoliberal university: Resisting regulatory efforts by inscribing art as a political practice. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 13(3), 255-271.

Voronka, J. (2019). Storytelling beyond the psychiatric gaze: Resisting resilience and recovery narratives. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 8(4), 8-30.

Guta, A., Voronka, J. & Gagnon, M. (2018). Resisting the digital medicine panopticion: Toward a bioethics of the oppressed. The American Journal of Bioethics, 18(9) 62-64.

Frederick, T., Tarasoff, L., Voronka, J., Costa, L. & Kidd, S. (2017). The problem with 'community' in the mental health field. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 36(4), 3-32.

Voronka, J. (2017). Turning Mad Knowledge into Affective Labour: The Case of the Peer Support Worker. American Quarterly, 69 (2), 333-338.

Voronka, J. (2016). The Politics of ‘People with Lived Experience’: Experiential Authority and the Risks of Strategic Essentialism. Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 23 (3/4), 189-201.

Voronka, J. (2016). Disciplines, Difference, and Representation: Making Moves through Inclusionary Practices. Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 23 (3/4), 211-214.

Church, K. & Landry, D. with (alphabetically) Frazee, C., Ignagni, E., Mitchell, C., Panitch, M., Paterson, J., Phillips, S., Poirier, T., Yoshida, K., and Voronka, J. (2016). Exhibiting Activist Disability History in Canada: Out from Under as a Case Study of Social Movement Learning. Studies in the Education of Adults, 48 (2), 194-209.

Adair, C., Kopp, B. Distasio, J., Hwang, S.W., Lavoie, J., Veldhuizen, S., Voronka, J., Kaufman, A.F., LeBlanc, S.R., Cote, S., Addorisio, S., Matte, D. & Goering, P. (2016). Housing Quality in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Housing First for Homeless People with Mental Illness: Site Differences and Associations with Outcomes. Journal of Urban Health, 93 (4), 682-697.

Nelson, G., Macnaughton, E., Curwood, S. E., Egalité, N., Voronka, J., Fleury, M.-J., Kirst, M., Flowers, L., Patterson, M., Dudley, M., Piat, M. and Goering, P. (2016). Collaboration and Involvement of Persons with Lived Experience in Planning Canada's At Home/Chez Soi project. Health & Social Care in the Community, 24 (2), 184-193.

Book Chapters

LeFrançois, B. & Voronka, J. (2022). Mad epistemologies and maddening the ethics of knowledge production. In T. Macias (Ed.), Unravelling Research: The ethics and politics of knowledge production in the social sciences (pp.105-130). Halifax: Fernwood Publishers.

Voronka, J. (2022). Teaching Mad Studies to Social Work Students. In S.S. Shaikh, B.A. LeFrançois, & T. Macías, Critical Social Work Praxis (pp.491-494). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

De Shalit, A., Guta, A., Sibblis, C., van der Meulen, E. & Voronka, J. (2022). Troubling Police and Social Work Collaborations. In S. Pasternak, K. Walby & A. Stadnyk (Eds.), Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada (pp. 138-144). Toronto: Between the Lines.

Voronka, J., Grant, J., Wise-Harris, D., Kennedy, A. & Komaroff, J. (2020). The possibilities and constraints of service user research collaborations: The peer qualitative research group. In H. McLaughlin, P. Beresford, C. Cameron, H. Casey & J. Duffy (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education: Routledge International Handbooks (pp.446-453). New York: Routledge.

Guta, A. & Voronka, J. (2020). Ethical issues in community-based, participatory, and action-oriented forms of research. In R. Iphron (Ed.), Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (pp. 561-576). New York: Springer international publishing.

Voronka, J. (2019). Slow Death through Evidence-Based Research. In A. Daley, L. Costa, & P. Beresford (Eds.), Madness, Violence, & Power: A critical anthology (pp. 80-96)Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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