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Kathryn Underwood

Professor, Early Childhood Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University

Kathryn Underwood's work focuses on equity and disability issues in early childhood studies, as well as in education, care and intervention social policy and practice. Her work takes up critical disability theory as a starting point for understanding how society responds to and constructs childhood through social institutions. Dr. Underwood's research has spanned work in family-school relationships, special education policy, and inclusive early childhood education and care policy, both in Canada and internationally. She has been involved with over 20 research projects, with funding from government, the not-for-profit sector, and private foundations.


  • –present
    Professor, Ryerson University


  • 2006 
    University of Toronto, PhD Curriculum, Teaching and Learning