Team – FDSC
The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) at Ryerson University draws on creative fashion mediums to collect, extend, analyze and share research to fuel diversity & social change.
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Ryerson University Management Committee

Founding Director and Chair of The School of Fashion

Ben Barry

Using arts and design methodologies, Dr. Barry's research explores the experiences of people—especially of those who are marginalized due to race, body type, and other axes of identity—when engaging with fashion images and clothing.

Associate Professor

Alison Matthews David

Dr. Matthews David's most recent research looks at how clothing physically harmed the health of its makers and wearers by transmitting contagious disease, leaching chemical toxins, and causing accidents, including entanglement and fire.
Colleen Shindler Lynch

Designer, illustrator and Assistant Professor

Colleen Schindler-Lynch

Colleen teaches Fashion Illustration, Accessory and Textile Design at Ryerson

Associate Professor

Robert Ott

Robert's ethnographic research explores the resurgence of craftsmanship in fashion systems.

Designer and Associate Professor

Sandra Tullio-Pow

Using a human-centered design approach, Dr. Tullio-Pow works on projects which improve the quality of life for those with unique body shapes and special needs.

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the MA Fashion program

Kimberly Wahl

Dr. Wahl's current research examines intersections between academic Feminism and the histories and theories of fashion, from the late nineteenth century to the present.
FDSC Research Assistants

Founding FDSC Research Assistant, MA Graduate

Michel Ghanem

Michel's graduate research looks at madness as represented through fashion on contemporary television.
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Editorial Assistant for the Fashion Studies Journal, PhD Candidate

Jaclyn Marcus

Jaclyn’s research focuses on intersections between fashion and literature. Jaclyn is passionate about fashion’s ability to positively impact both individuals and society as a whole.
Graduate Student Research Associates

Riley Kucheran (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg) is a Two-Spirit Ojibway PhD student.

Riley Kucheran

Riley's research looks at the role of clothing in colonization and how Indigenous fashion design can act as a mobilizer of cultural and economic resurgence.
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MA Fashion Candidate 2019, Ryerson University

Romana Mirza

Romana's research explores diversity in fashion through modesty and the influences that impact a woman's right to choose how to present herself to the world.