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.
In the 2021-2022 school year, Dr. Shanouda will be teaching Introduction to Disability Studies (DBST 2001), which invites students to challenge dominant conceptions of disability and reimagine ideas around independence and capacity; and Mad Studies: Theory and Politics (WGST 3812), which challenges dominant discourses around mental health and highlights mad people’s history through the writings and stories of mad-identified people and scholars.