Faculty & Staff


Karen D. Schwartz
Research Facilitator (Social Sciences and Humanities)

Office: 500E Tier Building
Phone: 204-474-9512
Email: Karen.Schwartz@umanitoba.ca

2011: Ph.D. (Education) – University of Manitoba
2006: M.A. (Disability Studies) – University of Manitoba
1998: B.A. (History) – University of Manitoba
1986: LL.B. – University of Manitoba

Areas of Specialization:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Disability theory

Research Interests:

  • Issues facing people with intellectual disabilities
  • Disability Studies
  • Social constructionism
  • Human rights
  • Discourse analysis
  • Qualitative research methods

Selected Publications:

Schwartz, K.D., Lutfiyya, Z.M. & Hansen, N. (2013). Dopey’s legacy: Stereotypical portrayals of intellectual disability in Disney’s classic animated films (pp. 179-194). In J. Cheu (Ed.). Drawing on difference: Critical essays on diversity in Disney entertainment. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Kaufert, J., Schwartz, K., Wiebe, R., Derksen, J., Lutfiyya, Z. M., & Richert, M. A. (2013). “Making ‘ethical safe space’ in the translation of contested knowledge: The role of community debate in defining end-of-life decision ethics”. Palliative and Supportive Care, 11(2).

Schwartz, K.D. & Lutfiyya, Z.M. (2012). In Pain Waiting to Die: Everyday Understandings of Suffering. Palliative and Supportive Care, 10(1), 27-36.

Schwartz, K.D. (2010). “We can’t close it yet”: How discourse positions people with intellectual disabilities. Critical Disability Discourse, 2. Retrieved from https://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/cdd/article/viewFile/23852/28104

Lutfiyya, Z.M. & Schwartz, K.D. (2010). Applying the dignity conserving model of care to people with intellectual disabilities at end of life. In S.L. Friedman & D.T. Helm (Eds.), End of life care for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (pp. 201-217). Washington: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Kaufert, J., Wiebe, R., Schwartz, K.D., Labine, L., Lutfiyya, Z.M., Pearse, C. (2010). End-of-life ethics and disability: Differing perspectives on case-based teaching Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy, 13(2), 115-126.

Schwartz, K.D. (2009). Widening notions of personhood: Stories and identity. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 37(1&2), 1-27.

Schwartz, K.D. & Lutfiyya, Z.M. (2009). “What lay ahead…”: A media portrayal of disability and assisted suicide. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 9(1), 27-38.

Schwartz, K.D. (2009). A way with words and images: Suggestions for the portrayal of people with disabilities. [Review of Government of Canada brochure]. The SRV Journal, 4(1), 49-51.

Lutfiyya, Z.M., Schwartz, K. & Hansen, N. (2008). False images: Re-framing the end-of-life portrayal of disability in the film Million Dollar Baby. In S. Shapshay, (Ed.), Bioethics at the movies (pp. 279-299). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.