Dave Holmes
Dave Holmes
Full Professor

2002 Ph.D. Nursing Université de Montréal
1998 M.Sc. Nursing University of Montréal
1991 B.Sc. Nursing University of Ottawa

LEE 415F
613-562-5800 ext. 8341


Professor Dave Holmes holds the University Research Chair in Forensic Nursing. After completing his BSc (Ottawa, 1991), MSc (Montreal, 1998) and PhD (Montreal, 2002) in nursing, he completed a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in health care, technology and place at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work (2003). To date, Professor Holmes has received funding from CIHR and SSHRC to be a principal investigator for research on risk management in the fields of public health, psychiatric nursing, and forensic nursing. Most of his work, comments, essays, analyses, and research are based on the poststructuralist works of Deleuze, Guattari, and Michel Foucault.

His works have been published in top-tier nursing, criminology, sociology, and medical journals. Professor Holmes has published over 190 articles in peer reviewed journals and 55 book chapters. He has served as co-editor of Critical Interventions in the Ethics of Health Care (Routledge – April 2009), Abjectly Boundless: Boundaries, Bodies and Health Care (Routledge – January 2010), (Re)thinking Violence in Health Care Settings: A Critical Approach (Routledge – December 2011), Power and the Psychiatric Apparatus (Routledge – March 2014), Critical Approaches in Nursing Theory and Nursing Research: Implications for Nursing Practice (V&R Unipress – May 2017) and Radical Sex between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines (Routledge – September 2017). He has presented at several national and international conferences and has been appointed an honorary visiting professor in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.


Professor Holmes is not currently accepting new students for thesis supervision.

Research interests

  • Critical Theory
  • Epistemology
  • Law and Ethics
  • Qualitative Designs and Methods
  • Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing in Corrections
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Sociopolitical Aspects of Nursing


See website for all publications.