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Kelly Fritsch

Assistant Professor

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

Areas of Interest

Critical disability studies; disability justice; crip, queer, and feminist theory; crip technoscience; accessibility; feminist science and technology studies; political economy.

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


Kelly Fritsch is a critical disability studies scholar and crip theorist. She is director of the Disability Justice & Crip Culture Collaboratory, a research lab bringing together disabled scholars, artists, designers, and activists working at the convergence of crip and disability arts, technoscience, design, access, and justice at Carleton University.

Fritsch is co-author of We Move Together, a children’s book engaging community-based practices of accessibility and desiring disability, with an accompanying open-access learning guide which features lesson plans, discussion prompts, printable templates, and activities for use by primary school educators and community groups. She is also co-editor of Disability Injustice: Confronting Criminalization in Canada and Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle.

She is co-Principal Investigator on the New Frontiers in Research Fund project Frictions of Futurity and Cure in Transplant Medicine, a mixed methods project that probes sociological and philosophical themes in transplant medicine, entangling medical utility and technoscientific possibility with the lived experience of heart, liver, and kidney transplant recipients.

Fritsch is cross-appointed to the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute of Political Economy. She regularly teaches courses in critical disability studies and social theory and supervises a wide range of students interested in disability; crip, queer, and feminist theory; deinstitutionalization, carceral ableism, and abolition; disability justice; accessibility; health, illness, and medicine; feminist science and technology studies; and political economy.

Prior to joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2018, Fritsch completed her Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at York University and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto.

Select Publications


Fritsch, Kelly, Jeffrey Monaghan, and Emily van der Meulen, eds. Forthcoming 2022. Disability Injustice: Confronting Criminalization in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Fritsch, Kelly, Anne McGuire, and Eduardo Trejos. 2021. We Move Together [children’s book]. Chico, CA: AK Press.

Fritsch, Kelly, Clare O’Connor, and AK Thompson, eds. 2016. Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle. Chico, CA: AK Press. 576 pp.

Select Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Fritsch, Kelly and Anne McGuire. 2019. “Risk and the Spectral Politics of Disability.” Body & Society. 25(4): 29-54.

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.

Recent Courses

• SOCI 5401/WGST 5901 Critical Disability Studies
• SOCI 5005 Recurring Debates in Social Theory
• SOCI 3006/WGST 3812 Thinking the Social: Theories and Approaches (Crip Theory)
• SOCI 3060/DBST 3060 Critical Disability Studies
• SOCI 3430 Collective Action and Social Movements