Dr. Pamela Cushing

Dr. Pamela Cushing

Dr. Pamela Cushing

Department Chair/Associate Professor

Office: FB309
Phone: 4469
Email: pcushin@uwo.ca
Website: On leave


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship - University of Aberdeen, Scotland (SSHRC 2 yr)
  • Ph.D. Anthropology -  McMaster University (SSHRC 4 yr)
  • M.A. Anthropology - McMaster University (OGS)
  • B.Com -  Queen's University


  • DS 1010 A/B  Exploring Disability
  • DS 2201 F/G  Rethinking Disability
  • DS 3339 F/G Disability Cross-Culturally


My research examines phenomena and approaches using anthropological foci like cultural systems, difference, change, and the relationship (or gap) between beliefs versus behaviours in these areas:

  • DISABILITY STUDIES (Developmental, attitudes, relationships, well-being, disciplinary survey)
  • SOCIAL INCLUSION (Theory and policy; alternative constructions, mutuality)
  • CARE SYSTEMS (Organizational culture; Life-sharing communities- L’Arche, Camphill)
  • ETHICS (Altruism; Moral Imagination; Cause marketing); Past REB Chair.
  • EXPERIENTIAL ED. (Outward Bound; Rites of Passage; transformation; Intercordia)
  • RESEARCH METHODS (participant observation, ethnography, disability, interviews)

Selected Publications

(2014) What counts as community? Alternatives and Inclusion for People with Developmental Disability, International Journal on Developmental Disability, December, Special Issue

(2013) Book Review: Robin Jackson, Editor. "Discovering Camphill: New Perspectives, Research and Development", Floris books, Communal Societies Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp 194-199

(2012)  Co-Articulating the Value of a Liberal Arts Degree with Students, College & University – Journal of the AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers): Volume 87, No. 3, Winter; pp 35 – 40.   

(2010)  Disability Attitudes, Cultural Conditions & the Moral Imagination, The Paradox of Disability:  Responses to Jean Vanier and L’Arche Communities from Theology & the Sciences, p75-93; Ed. H. Reinders; Eerdmans Press. http://eerdmans.com/shop/product.asp?p_key=9780802865113

(2010) Grief and Caregiver Turnover in Non-Familial Communities: Left behind but not bereft. (with C. MacMillan) Ed.: Darcy Harris; in Counting our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life. Routledge Press; (pp. 103-116).

(2009)  Multi-national Review of English Disability Studies Degrees and Courses, Disability Studies Quarterly; vol. 29, no.3; 55 pages. with T. Smith (R.A).   http://www.dsq-sds.org/issue/view/41 

(2008)  Connectivity, Representation and Opportunity On-line, (new media review), Journal on Developmental Disabilities, vol.14, No. 3; p102-108.  http://www.oadd.org/index.php?page=143

(2004)  Anthropology and Disability Review, in Encyclopedia of Disability, edited by J. Bickenbach, Queen’s University. Sage Publishers

(2003)  Story-telling it like it is: How narratives teach, in Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma, V. Raoul et al Eds. Waterloo, ON: WLU Press: pgs. 159-69 http://info.wlu.ca/~wwwpress/index.shtml

(2003)  Sharing Power and Negotiating Power Inequities in Care-giving Relationships, Journal on Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 10, No. 1 Ontario Association of Developmental Disabilities (OADD).

(2003)  Policy Approaches to Framing Social Inclusion and Social Exclusion: An International Overview; Roeher Institute, York University: 52 pages. (for Cameron Crawford)

(2002)  Negotiating Mutuality and Agency in Care-giving Relationships with Women with Intellectual Disability, with Tanya Lewis, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp 173-193.

(1999)  Translating Transformation into Something Real (Rites of Passage), Pathways: Ontario Journal for Outdoor Education, Vol. 12, No. 1 Sept.-Nov; pp 26-30.

(1996)  Gendered Conversational Rituals on the Internet: Getting heard is based on more than simply what you say, Anthropologica, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1.

(1994)  Cause Related Marketing: Ethical practice or exploitative procedure? with P. Cunningham, The Philanthropist, Vol. 12, No. 2. 


(2014) Feed the Deed: how one student started a viral kindness revolution, Reader's Digest. (Interview as expert on altruism and volunteering)

(2012) Lost in Translation after Graduation? Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education. 5 pages; April 17th.  http://www.academicmatters.ca/2012/04/lost-in-translation-after-graduation/

(2010) The Science of Being Nice, Reader’s Digest, (interview) December; p66 - 73.

(2008)  Beyond Our Imaginations; 5 part Reflection series, Food for the Heart: L’Arche Canada Commons,

(2007)  The Role of Mutuality in Being and Becoming Human, Letters of L’Arche  December, no.123; 16-20. With John Sumarah.

(2009)  Caring in Hamilton, MonkeyBiz.ca, (interview). http://www.monkeybiz.ca/index.php?post_id=101

(2009)  Cultural Shifts: Wireless laptops in the classroom, Culture, (CASCA newsletter) May; pgs 3-4

(2008) The Anthropology of L’Arche Report. With John Sumarah for Jean Vanier and L’Arche International.

Altruism & Service Learning in Canada; 2-issue Interview with P. Cushing for A Human Future (L’Arche Canada Foundation Publication).