Kelly Fritsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, unceded Algonquin territory (Ottawa). As a feminist disability studies scholar and crip theorist, her research focuses on the generative frictions of disability. Fritsch is cross-appointed to the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute of Political Economy.
Fritsch is co-editor of Disability Injustice: Confronting Criminalization in Canada (2021, UBC Press) and Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016, AK Press). She is co-author of We Move Together, a children’s book engaging community-based practices of disability justice, accessibility, and disability culture, with accompanying pedagogical tools for educators. She is currently working on a crip theory monograph for UBC Press’ Disability Culture and Politics Series.
Fritsch has co-edited special journal issues of Somatechnics, Feminist Formations, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and Studies in Social Justice. She currently sits on the Editorial Board of the open access journal Disability Studies Quarterly. Between 2015–2018, she served as Associate Editor of Research for Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal.
She is co-Principal Investigator on the New Frontiers in Research Fund project Frictions of Futurity and Cure in Transplant Medicine: Re-Thinking Central Challenges Through Feminist/Crip Science and Technology Studies. This project reconceptualizes the central challenges of heart, liver, and kidney transplantation to recast deeply held assumptions, standard practices, and foundational principles of transplant medicine. Interdisciplinary qualitative approaches based on narrative, ethnographic methods, as well as arts epistemologies and research-creation inform the development of feminist/crip materialist responses to the central challenges of transplant.
She regularly teaches courses in critical disability studies and social theory and supervises a wide range of students interested in disability; crip and queer theory; deinstitutionalization; disability justice; accessibility; sociology of health, illness, and medicine; feminist science and technology studies; political economy; biopolitics and necropolitics; gender and sexuality; social and political theory; and social movements.
Fritsch completed her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto.