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Kelly Fritsch

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Degrees:PhD (York)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2617
Office:A706 Loeb

Areas of Interest

Disability studies; crip and queer theory; accessibility; sociology of health, illness, and medicine; feminist science and technology studies; political economy; biopolitics; affect; cultural studies; gender and sexuality; social and political theory; social movements.

Professor Fritsch is currently accepting graduate students working in any of these areas.


Prior to joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Kelly Fritsch earned her Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at York University (2015) and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto (2015-2018). Her research broadly mobilizes crip, queer, and feminist theory to engage disability, health, technology, risk, accessibility, and social justice. Fritsch is also cross-appointed to the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute of Political Economy.

Fritsch’s current research projects include developing the emerging field of crip technoscience by taking up community accessibility and the production, circulation, and politics of enhancement, adaptive, and assistive technologies; a critical examination of how neoliberal economic policies and practices, as well as economies of war, imperialism, and colonialism impact disabled communities and disability politics; collaborative projects engaging with the practices of personalized medicine and their relation to spectral forms of risk and social control; and collaborative projects engaging the governance of disability and concomitant resistance through disability justice practices. She is also working collaboratively on a disability justice focused children’s book.

Select Recent Publications

Fritsch, Kelly and Anne McGuire. 2019. “Risk and the Spectral Politics of Disability.” Body & Society.

Hamraie, Aimi and Kelly Fritsch. 2019. “Crip Technoscience Manifesto.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 5(1): 1-33.

McGuire, Anne and Kelly Fritsch. 2019. “Fashioning the ‘Normal’ Body.” In Power and Everyday Practices edited by Deborah Brock, Aryn Martin, R. Raby, and Mark Thomas, 79-99. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2019. “Ramping Up Canadian Disability Culture.” In The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture, edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky, 265-272. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2019. “Governing Lives Worth Living: The Neoliberal Biopolitics of Disability.” In Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times, edited by Deborah Brock, 38-62. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2019. “The Trouble with Engineering Inclusion: Disabled Mothering at the limit of Enhancement Technology.” In Motherhood and Social Exclusion, edited by Christie Byvelds and Heather Jackson, 147-160. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Recent Courses

• SOCI 5005 Recurring Debates in Social Theory
• SOCI 5806 Critical Disability Studies
• SOCI 3430 Collective Action and Social Movements
• SOCI 3210 Critical Disability Studies