Carla Rice

Carla Rice
Professor, FRHD
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x54942
Macdonald Institute, Room 149

Research description: Dr. Carla Rice is a Canada Research Chair in Feminist Studies and Social Practice in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph, and the founder and academic director of The Re•vision Centre for Art and Social Justice (formally Project Re•Vision, see A leader in the field of body image within Canada, she is a founding member and former director of innovative initiatives such as the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and the Body Image Project at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Currently, Dr. Rice is carrying out research in conjunction with her Partnership Grant “Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life” (see that seeks to centralize culturally, cognitively, affectively, and physically diverse artist practitioners as members of communities whose voices and self-representations have been marginalized from mainstream social discourses, cultural landscapes and art institutions across our province and country. Dr. Rice founded Project Re•Vision and the Revisioning Differences Media Arts Laboratory (REDLAB), an assemblage of cutting-edge arts-based research projects and a state-of-the-art media-lab, which seek to explore how communities can use arts-informed research to advance social inclusion and justice by challenging stereotypes.

Dr. Rice conducts research in the fields of critical psychology, equity education, gender and sexual development, and women’s health which spans three major areas of focus: diverse women’s narratives of embodiment in the passage to womanhood; arts-­‐based inquiry into the experiences of people with disabilities and bodily differences in social and professional encounters; and qualitative research into the body as an equity issue in school settings. Her scholarship offers critical commentary on, and ethical interventions into, debates about contemporary bodies –  looking at related social problems such as: the obesity epidemic, early puberty, the sexualization of girls, racism and colourism, and cultural and medical representations of diseased, disabled, and physically different bodies. Dr. Rice has a growing number of academic articles she has published respected national and international journals including Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Qualitative Research in Psychology; Canadian Review of Sociology; Canadian Journal of Disability Studies; Feminist Studies; Social and Personality Psychology Compass; Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society; Gender & Education; Family Process; and Qualitative Health Research to name a few. This research ranges from feminist, poststructuralist, and critical race and disability studies perspectives on eating, weight, and embodiment problems (debates about eating disorder etiology; effects of sexual, racial, medical, and colonial trauma on embodiment; race, class, and colonial dimensions of obesity prevention discourses and programs; controversy about ‘healthy eating’ and ‘healthy weights’ messages and BMI surveillance in health and physical education curricula; and the effects of body-­‐based harassment) to responding to the symbolic and social exclusions of children and adults living with bodily differences (developing public health and health education interventions, curricula, and public policy to promote inclusion and equity).  She has also recently published the second edition of her successful text Gender and Women Studies, with over 60% new content, and has two other books – The Aging/Disability Nexus and Thickening Fat: Fat Bodies, Intersectionality, and Social Justice – forthcoming.

Dr. Rice’s scholarship has appeared in national and international refereed journals, book chapters, and books. She is widely cited by critical scholars working in the fields of obesity, eating disorders, and body image disparagement. Using the knowledge generated through her clinical and research activities, she has co-­‐authored many popular and professional resources and her work has been translated into French, Spanish, and Farsi. The list below highlights some of her more recent books, articles and book chapters:


Aubrecht, K. Kelly, C. & Rice, C. (Eds.) (Forthcoming). The Aging/Disability Nexus. British Columbia: UBC Press.

Rinaldi, J., Friedman, M., and Rice, C. (Eds.) (Forthcoming). Thickening Fat: Fat Studies, Intersectionality and Social Justice. Press: Routledge


Rice, C. and Mundel, I. (Under development). The Embodied and the Embedded: Collective Encounters in MultiMedia Storytelling for Social Change. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Hobbs, M. and Rice, C. (Eds.) (Authors alphabetical). (2018). Gender and Women’s Studies: Critical Terrain. 2nd Edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’/Women’s Press.

Rice, C., (2014). Becoming Women: The Embodied Self in Image Culture. Toronto: UT Press, 378 pages

Hobbs, M. and Rice, C. (Eds.) (Authors alphabetical). (2013). Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada: Critical Terrain. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’/Women’s Press, 700 pages


Journal Articles:

Rinaldi, J, Rice, C., Lind, E, & Kotow, C. (under review). Failure to Launch: 1P1F Airline Policy and the Drawbacks to the Fatness-as-Disability Legal Argument. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

Rinaldi, J, Rice, C., Lind, E, & Kotow, C. (under review) Mapping the Circulation of Fat Hatred. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

Douglas, P., Rice, C., & Siddiqui, A. (under review). Living dis/artfully with and in illness. Medical Humanities.

Rice, C. & Harrison, E. (Under review). Doing justice to intersectionality in social science research.

Rice, C., Dion, S., Mundel, I., & Fowlie, H. (forthcoming). Re/Turning the Gaze: Unsettling settler logics through first-person narrative filmmaking. Feminist Studies.

Viscardis, K., Pileggi, V., Rice, C., Underhill, A., Changfoot, N., & Chandler, E. (Forthcoming). Difference within and without. Qualitative Health Research.

Rice, C., Pendleton Jiménez, K., Harrison, E., Robinson, M., Rinaldi, J., LaMarre, A., & Andrew, J. (forthcoming). Bodies at the intersection: Reconfiguring intersectionality through queer women’s complex embodiments. Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Mitchell, G., Rice, C., and Pileggi, V. (forthcoming). Co-Emergence: An art-full dance of inquiry into artists’ experiences of making art. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Chandler, E., Changfoot, N., Rice, C., et al (forthcoming, 2018). Cultivating disability arts in Ontario. Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 40(2). 

Rice, C. (forthcoming, 2018). The spectacle of the child woman: Troubling girls in/and the science of early puberty. Feminist Studies.

Rice, C. & Mundel, I. (2018). Multimedia storytelling methodology: Notes on access and inclusion in neoliberal times. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Rice, C. & Mundel, I. (2018). Storymaking as methodology: Disrupting dominant stories through multimedia storytelling. Canadian Review of Sociology. 55(2):211-231. doi: 10.1111/cars.

Rice, C., LaMarre, A., Changfoot, N., and Douglas, P. (2018). Making spaces: Multimedia storytelling as reflexive, creative praxis. Qualitative Research in Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1442694

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Liddiard, K., Rinaldi, J., & Harrison, E. (2016). The pedagogical possibilities for unruly bodies. Gender & Education, 30(5), 663-682. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1247947.

Riley, S., Evans, A., Elliott, S., Rice, C., & Marecek, J. (2017). A critical review of postfeminist sensibility. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11(11), 1-12. DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12367

Douglas, P., Rice, C., & Kelly, C. (2017). Cripping care: Care pedagogies and practices. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 13 (4). 3-11.

Lind, E., Kotow, C., Rice, C., Rinaldi, J., LaMarre, A., Friedman, M., & Tidgwell, T. (2017). Re-conceptualizing temporality in and through multi-media storytelling: Making time with Through Thick and Thin. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 1-12.

Rinaldi, J., Rice, C., LaMarre, A., McPhail, D. & Harrison, E. (2017). Fatness & Failing Citizenship. Somatechnics. 7(2), 218-233.

Sutherland, O., LaMarre, A., & Rice, C. (2017). The primacy of discourse in the study of gender in family therapy. Family Process. Online early view. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12294.

LaMarre, A. & Rice, C., (2017). Hashtag recovery: #EatingDisorderRecovery on Instagram. Social Sciences, Special Issue “Pedagogies of Health: The Role of Technology”

Sutherland, O., LaMarre, A., Rice, C., Hardt, L. (2017). New sexism in couple therapy: Turning to membership categorization analysis for help. Family Process. Online early view. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12292

Pileggi, V., Holliday, J., LaMarre, A., De Santis, C., Tetro, M., Jeffrey, N. & Rice, C. (2017). Becoming scholars in an interdisciplinary, feminist learning context. Feminist Teacher 26 (1), 29-52.  

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Rinaldi, J., Liddiard, K., Changfoot, N., Mykitiuk, R. & Mundel, I. (2017). Imagining disability futurities. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 32(2), 213-229.

LaMarre, A., Rice, C., & Jankowski, G. (2017). Eating disorder prevention as biopedagogy. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 6(3), 241-254.

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Liddiard, K., Rinaldi, J., & Harrison, E. (2016). The pedagogical possibilities for unruly bodies. Gender & Education, 30(5), 663-682. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1247947.

Rinaldi, J., Rice, C., LaMarre, A., Pendleton Jiménez, K., Harrison, E. Friedman, M., McPhail, D., Robinson, M. & Tidgwell, T. (2016). “Through Thick and Thin”: Storying queer women’s experiences of taking up and resisting idealized body images and expected body management practices. Psychology of Sexualities Review (PoSR), 7 (2), 63-77.

Sutherland, O., LaMarre, A., Rice, C., Hardt, L., & Jeffrey, N. (2016). Gendered patterns of interaction: A Foucauldian discourse analysis of couple therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 38(4), 385-399.

LaMarre, A. & Rice, C., (2016). Embodying critical and corporeal methodology: Digital storytelling with young women in eating disorder recovery. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17, (2). Art. 7,

Thorpe, J., Boon, S., Hurst, R., Johnston, K., Latimer, H., Lovrod, M., Rice, C., & Trotz, A. (2016). Reflections on the intro course: A pedagogical toolkit. Atlantis: A Woman’s Studies Journal, 37 (2), 54-67.

Chaplick, A. Mykitiuk. R. & Rice, C. (2015). Beyond normative ethics: Ethics of disability arts research. Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health. 1(3), 373-382.

LaMarre, A. & Rice, C. (2015). Normal eating as counter-cultural: Prescriptions and possibilities for eating disorder recovery. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. 25(2): 136-149. doi: 10.1002/casp.2240.

Rice, C. (2015). Re-thinking fat: From bio- to body becoming pedagogies. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies (Special Issue on Biopedagogies and/of Public Health) 15(6), 387-397.

Ferrari, M., Rice., C., & McKenzie, K. (2015). Retracing African, Caribbean, and European (ACE) Pathways Project: Digital storytelling. Psychiatric Services, 66(5), 556-559.

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Harrison, E. Ferrari, M., & Liddiard, K. (2015). Project Re•Vision: Disability at the edges of representation. Disability & Society, 30(4), 513-527.

Chandler, E. & Rice, C. (authors alphabetical) (2013). Alterity in/of happiness: Reflecting on the radical possibilities of unruly bodies. Health Culture and Society, 5(1), 230-248.

Hobbs, M. & Rice, C. (authors alphabetical) (2011/2012). Reading Women’s and Gender Studies in Canada: A review of recent introductory textbooks. Canadian Woman Studies, 29, (1), 201-208. 

Hobbs, M. & Rice, C. (authors alphabetical) (2011/2012). Rethinking Women’s Studies: Curriculum, pedagogy, and the introductory course. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale, formerly Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal / Revue d'etudes sur les femmes, 35 (2), 139-149. 

Rice, C. (2011). Editorial: Gendering Bodily Difference. 10th Anniversary Issue on Bodily Difference. Radical Psychology: A Journal of Psychology, Politics and Radicalism.

Book Chapters:

LaMarre, & Rinaldi, J., & Rice, C. (in press). Thickening eating distress: Embodiment, eating distress, & the “event-ness” of intersectional identity. Rinaldi, J., Friedman, M., and Rice, C. (Eds.) (Under development). Thickening Fat: Fat Studies, Intersectionality and Social Justice. New York: Routledge.

Rice, C. & Changfoot, N., (in press). Aging with and into disability: Futurities of new materialisms. Aubrecht, K. Kelly, C. & Rice, C. (Eds.) (Under development). The Aging/Disability Nexus. British Columbia: UBC Press.

Sage, M. Singer, J., LaMarre, A. & Rice, C. (in press). Digital Storytelling: Tools, Techniques, and Traditions. In L. Goldkind and P. Freddelino (Eds.) Digital Social Work: Cases across fields of practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rice, C., & Chandler, E. (in press). Disability and Media. G. Goggin, K. Ellis, & B. Haller (Eds.). Routledge Companion to Disability and Media. New York: Routledge.

Hobbs, M. & Rice, C. (authors alphabetical) (2018). Mapping the terrain of Gender and Women’s Studies. Gender and Women’s Studies: Critical Terrain, 2nd edition (pp. xvii-xxix). Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholar’s Press/Women’s Press (Revision)

Rice, C. (2018). In the mirror of beauty culture. In M. Hobbs and C. Rice (Eds.), Gender and Women’s Studies: Critical Terrain. 2nd Edition (pp. 390-410). Toronto: Women’s Canadian Scholar’s Press, Inc. (Revision)

Rice, C., LaMarre, A, & Mykitiuk, R. (2018). Cripping the ethics of disability arts research. Catriona Macleod, J. Marx, P. Mnyaka, G. Treharne (Eds.) Handbook of ethics in critical research: Stories from the field (pp 257-272). London: Palgrave.

Pileggi, V. & Rice, C., Stead, S., & Atkinson, K., (2018). Resistance in relationship: Mothers’ armoring of their adolescent daughters living with facial differences. In S. Pashang, N. Khanlou & J. Clarke, (Eds.) Today’s youth and mental health: Hope, power and resilience. (pp. 247-263). Springer.

Rice, C. (2018). Volatile bodies and vulnerable researchers: The risks of embodiment research. S. Batacharya & R. Wong, (Eds.) Sharing Breath:Embodiment, Pedagogy and Decolonization. Edmonton: AU Press.

Rinaldi, J., LaMarre, A. & Rice, C. (2016). Recovering bodies: The production of the recoverable subject in eating disorder treatment regimes. J. Coffey, S., Budgeon, and H. Cahill (Eds.). Learning Bodies – The body in youth and childhood studies (pp. 157-172). New York: Springer.

Rice, C. & Watson, E. (2016). Girls and sexting: The missing story of sexual subjectivity in a sexualized and digitally-mediated world. J. Coffey, S., Budgeon, and H. Cahill (Eds.). Learning Bodies –The body in youth and childhood studies. New York: Springer.

Rice, C., Chandler, E. & Changfoot, N. (2016). Imagining otherwise: The ephemeral spaces of envisioning new meanings. C. Kelly & M. Orsini (Eds.). Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, culture and disability activism in Canada. (pp. 54-75). Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press.

Rice, C. (2016). Through the mirror of beauty culture. N. Mandell, and J. Johnston. (Eds.). Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality 7th Edition (pp. 147-174). Toronto: Pearson Canada, Inc.

LaMarre, A., Rice, C. & Bear, M. (2015). Unrecoverable? Prescriptions and possibilities for eating disorder recovery. N. Khanlou and B. Pilkington. (Eds.) Women's Mental Health: Resistance and Resilience in Community and Society (pp. 145-160). New York: Springer.

Rice, C. (2015). Revisioning fat: From enforcing norms to exploring possibilities unique to different bodies. In W. Mitchinson, J. Ellison, and D. McPhail, (Eds.) Obesity in Canada: Historical and Critical Perspectives (pp. 419-440). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Rice, C. (2013). Exacting beauty: Exploring women’s body projects and problems in the 21st century. In M. Hobbs and C. Rice (Eds.), Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada: Critical Terrain. (pp. 390-410). Toronto: Pearson Canada, Inc. (Reprint)

Rice, C. (2013). Imagining the other? Ethical challenges of researching and writing women’s embodied lives. In C. Hughes (Ed.) Researching Gender: Fundamentals of Applied Research. London: Sage. (Reprint)

Hobbs, M. and Rice, C. (authors alphabetical) (2013). Mapping the terrain of Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada. Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada. (pp. xvii-xxix). Toronto, Ontario Canada: Canadian Scholar’s Press/Women’s Press.

Rice, C., Zitzelsberger, H., Porch, W., & Ignagni, E. (2011). Creating community across disability and difference. D. Driedger, (Ed.), Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader (pp. 259-272).  Toronto: Inanna Publications Inc.

Rice, C. (2011). Becoming the fat girl: Acquisition of an unfit identity. In V. Zawilski (Ed.), Inequality in Canada: A Reader on the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class (2nd Edition) (pp. 211-230). Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press (Reprint).

Dr. Rice contributes to progressive scholarship and social change through initiating and conducting interdisciplinary, community and university based research collaborations, influencing education and health policy and practice, and changing media representations of girls, women, and people living with disabilities and physical differences. Over the last 10 years, her focus has shifted from understanding impacts of the “body beautiful” on diverse women’s body perceptions to analyzing the effects of cultural messages about the abject fat, disabled, and anomalous body on those who embody differences. Using innovative arts-­‐informed approaches, she carries out research projects that create opportunities for women with differences to represent themselves in their own words and images, and that seek to engage diverse audiences in re-considering commonly held, harmful assumptions. Since coming to the University of Guelph, she has established the Re•visioning Differences Media Arts Centre (REDMAC), a mobile media and expressive arts laboratory that puts new media technologies into the hands of marginalized communities as a way of understanding the efficacy of the arts in shifting stereotypes, as well as founding and directing The Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice.