Naomi Adelson

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Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation Toronto, Ontario naomi.adelson@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6700

Bio/Research

As a professor, established researcher, and seasoned academic administrator, Naomi brings to Ryerson her experience advancing research excellence and innovation in a respectful, inclusive and empowering work environment.

She recently served as associate dean, research to the Faculty of L...


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Bio/Research

As a professor, established researcher, and seasoned academic administrator, Naomi brings to Ryerson her experience advancing research excellence and innovation in a respectful, inclusive and empowering work environment.

She recently served as associate dean, research to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and prior to that was chair of the Department of Anthropology, both at York University. Naomi began her academic career by obtaining her diplomes d’etudes collegiales as a registered nurse. She then went on to complete her bachelor of arts in the humanities from McGill University, her master of arts in anthropology from McMaster and her PhD in anthropology from McGill University.

As a medical anthropologist, Naomi's theoretical interest is founded on the critical study of the body and health in relation to the naturalization and medicalization of social and historical inequalities. Naomi has been conducting research in collaboration with the northern James Bay Cree (Iiyiyu’ch) and in association with the Cree Board of Health since the late 1980s. Her most recent project focuses on the social and political context of medical care to the Cree through the Cold War years. Her publications include Being Alive Well: Health and the Politics of Cree Well-Being (University of Toronto Press), “The Embodiment of Inequity: Health Disparities in Aboriginal Canada” (CJPH) and “Discourses of Stress, Social Inequities, and the Everyday Worlds of First Nations Women in a Remote Northern Canadian Community” (Ethos).


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