Photo by Renoir Gauvin. 2020. 

Graduate Student & Researcher


Research Interests | Visual Anthropology, Critical Disability Studies, Digital Ethnography, Sensory Ethnography, Accessibility and Public Space, Community Based Research, Public Engagement and Knowledges, Feminine Subjectivities within Religious Landscapes.


Pronouns | she, her, hers

      University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus | Syilx Okanagan Nation


Madelaine is a MA graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program, (Community Engagement, Social Change, and Equity theme) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. As an ethnographer and anthropologist, Madelaine studies the intersections of visual, material, and digital culture with an emphasis on sensory knowledges and community-based methods. Her current research "The Collective Margins: Curating Inclusion within Emerging Digital Landscapes" addresses critical gaps in digital accessibility by seeking to understand how individual users and governing institutions are collaborating to develop, improve, and encourage more equitable access and practices for people with disabilities within digital environments.


Madelaine completed her Bachelor of Arts degree (2020) with a major in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Her work and research is influenced by her previous experience in the early education field supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as speech, language, and developmental delays. Her anthropological undergraduate research titled The Enabled Environment: Understanding Bathrooms as Sensory Inclusive Public Spaces," (Supervisors: Dr. Fiona P. McDonald and Dr. Christine Schreyer, Faculty of Community, Culture, and Global studies at UBC, Okanagan) focused on accessibility and public policy applications, with an emphasis on less visible disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder. This project is an ongoing collaboration with the Okanagan Regional Library and continues to actively respond to federal and provincial accessibility legislation in Canada today. 

Madelaine is a graduate researcher at the Collaborative + Experimental Ethnography Lab and is associated with the Institute for Community Engaged Research at UBC, Okanagan. She is also an active member of the Canadian Anthropological Society (CASCA), and the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

In her free time, you can find Madi in her kitchen with her cat Sage, their many plants, and sourdough on her hands. 

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