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Fady Shanouda

Assistant Professor

Degrees:PhD, Public Health Sciences (University of Toronto); MA, Critical Disability Studies (York University); BA Hons, Anthropology and Law & Society (York University)

Fady Shanouda (he/him) is a Critical Disability Studies scholar whose research examines disabled and mad students’ experiences in higher education. His scholarly contributions lie at the theoretical and pedagogical intersections of Disability, Mad, and Fat Studies and include socio-historical examinations that surface the interconnections of colonialism, racism, ableism/sanism and fatphobia. He has published scholarly articles on disability/mad-related issues in higher education, Canadian disability history, the anti-fat bias in medicine, and community-based learning.

Dr. Shanouda is committed to research that simultaneously impacts academic thought and individuals in the community. To achieve this goal, he created and hosts the podcast Disability Saves the World which invites activists, scholars, and artists to speak about how they envision crip/mad/fat thought, activism, and art can save the world. He conducts this research diversely-positioned as a disabled, fat, POC, immigrant and settler who is living, working and creating on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, and very soon, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

Courses taught: DBST 2001 Disabling Society; DBST 3002 Mad Studies; WGST 3812 Fat Studies

Research areas of interest: Disability, Mad, and Fat Studies

Selected Publications:

  1. Shanouda, F. (forthcoming). The Fatmisia and Sanism across the Digital Mental Health Landscape. In LeFrançois, B. A., Menzies, R., Reaume, G., & Abdillahi, I. (Eds.), Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies. Second Edition. Canadian Scholars.
  2. Shanouda, F. (forthcoming). Fat and Mad Bodies: Under, Out of, and Beyond Control. In Taylor, A., Ioannoni, K., Meerai, S., Evans, C., Scriver, A., Friedman, M. (Eds.), Fat Studies in Canada: (Re)Mapping the Field. Inanna Publications.
  3. Shanouda, F. & Langdon, T. (forthcoming). Section 6: Intersectionality: Black-abundance, Fat-revolt, and Crip-desire: Intersectionality as Interference in the Life and Death of Rohan Garfield Salmon. In Rioux, M., Addlaka, R., Erevelles, N. & Morrow, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Disability Studies. Springer.
  4. Shanouda, F. and Spagnuolo, N. (2020). Neoliberal methods of disqualification: A critical examination of disability-related educational supports in Canada. Journal of Education Policy. 36(4), p. 530-556.
  5. Snyder, S., Pitt, K., Shanouda, F., Voronka, J., Reid, J., and Landry, D. (2019). Unlearning through Mad Studies: Disruptive pedagogical praxis. Special Issue, Disability as Meta Curriculum: Epistemologies, Ontologies, and Transformative Praxis. Curriculum Inquiry. 49(4), p. 485-502.


  1. Co-Applicant, Mapping the Gaps in Graduate Student/Faculty Mental Health Praxis in Ontario (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2021-2021).
  2. Principal Investigator, Student, Staff, and Faculty Distress and Suicidality within the Neoliberal University. (Carleton University Research Development Grants, SSHRC Explore Early Career Researcher Grants, 2021)
  3. Principal Investigator, Student Suicides at Canadian Universities. (Racialized and Indigenous Faculty Alliance (RIFA), Carleton University, 2021).