Biography

Hello,

I am Dr. Agnès Berthelot-Raffard. I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University (Toronto, Canada).

I received my Ph.D. from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Montreal in 2012. My areas of specialization are Political Philosophy (social ethics) and Feminist Ethics. My doctoral dissertation highlights gender justice in families and examines the invisible work of caregiving. My dissertation explores how the recognition of someone living with a disability (or someone living with a chronic illness) and his/her caregiver could allow a just society. During my Ph.D., I have developed a strong specialization in critical health studies, disability and ageing studies. As a doctoral student, I was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University (sociology of ageing) and the Institute of Medical Sociology in Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany.

Currently, my research projects focus on Black Health Studies/Black Disability Studies. I am focusing on the impact of Anti-Black racism and racialization on all dimensions of health and well-being. I try to reflect on different modalities of racial justice and transnational challenges that affect people from the Black diaspora. 

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), my most recent project is on Black Students’ Mental Health. This project strengths the links between equity, mental health, and racialization. My work highlights how the white privilege and the « racial patriarchy » system in Canadian universities dismiss mental health’s fundamental rights. In order to sustain this project, I am the founder of the Black Students’ Mental Health Project-BSMHP, a non-profit organization dedicated to the social innovation for equity in Canadian universities and applied research about the connections between mental health and race.

My second project is entitled « An Intersectional Approach to Black and Indigenous Women’s Health in Ontario and Quebec. ». On the same subject, as principal investigator, I am also working with a community partner in Quebec on Black women’s reproductive health. We are trying to highlight the Black women’s experiences in Quebec’s public health system (limited to the gynecology and obstetrics) regarding racial bias. 

As a philosopher, I have also published some papers in political philosophy, social ethics, ethics of knowledge, and feminist philosophy. I am particularly proud to have created the first and only accredited university course in the francophone world devoted entirely to Black Feminist thought (in 2017 at Montreal, Quebec). 

I define myself as a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary researcher. So browse through this website to find out more about my work and myself, and stay tuned for more news and updates.

I define myself as a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary researcher. So browse through this website to find out more about my work and myself, and stay tuned for more news and updates.