Denis Rancourt is a former professor of physics at the University of Ottawa. Rancourt is widely known for his confrontations with his former employer, the University of Ottawa, over issues involving his grade inflation and “academic squatting,” the act of arbitrarily changing the topic of a course without departmental permission.

On his website,, you can learn about him, and find his main articles and interviews in science, public policy and social theory.

He writes about medicine, COVID-19, individual health, climate change, geopolitics, civil rights, political theory, sociology … and has written over 100 peer-reviewed-journal articles in technical areas of science and technology.

He obtained BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in physics.  He held post-doctoral research positions at prestigious institutions in France and The Netherlands, before being a physics professor and lead scientist at the University of Ottawa for 23 years.

He is an experienced self-represented litigant at several levels of court and in many administrative tribunals, in both Ontario and Quebec.  He has been a volunteer Researcher with the Ontario Civil Liberties Association ( since 2014.