Kelly Fritsch, Director
Kelly Fritsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University and director of the Disability Justice & Crip Culture Collaboratory. As a feminist disability studies scholar and crip theorist, her work mobilizes social and cultural theory, arts-based research, and everyday hacking and tinkering to explore the generative frictions of disability politics and culture. She is co-author of We Move Together, a children’s book engaging community-based practices of accessibility and desiring disability, and co-editor of Disability Injustice: Confronting Criminalization in Canada and Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle.
Fady Shanouda, Member
Fady Shanouda is an Assistant Professor in the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University. 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. He is also host of Disability Saves the World podcast.
Megan Linton, Member
Megan Linton is a disabled deinstitutionalization researcher, writer and advocate based in Unceded Algonquin Territory. Her research and advocacy focuses on contemporary forms of institutionalization and the possibilities of abolition. She works collaboratively with the Joint Task Force on Deinstitutionalization and the Disability Justice Network of Ontario. She has written for Winnipeg Police Cause Harm, Canadian Dimension and the CBC among others.
Amy Li, Member
Amy Li is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University. She is concentrating in Social Policy and minoring in Disability Studies. Her research interests include: social policy, social welfare, disability policy, disability arts, and social justice. She values community-building and believes in the importance of the arts in facilitating these connections. In her free time, she enjoys painting and reading.
Lisanne Binhammer, Member
Lisanne Binhammer is a digital product designer and educator. She is a passionate builder, maker, and tinkerer with a drive to build better (more humane) technologies for our future selves. Currently, she is doing her MA at Carleton in Anthropology with a specialization in digital humanities. Her research looks at the intersections between autistic girlhood and the slow violence of corrective technologies, as well as the possibilities as afforded by virtual reality platforms for autistic girls.
Jess Rocheleau, Member
Jess Rocheleau (she/they) is a neurodiversity advocate and PhD researcher in Sociology at Carleton University. She is passionate about disability justice, accessibility, and intersectional community-based participatory research and technology design. Jess earned a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction in 2019, where their research focused on Autistic and non-autistic teenagers’ privacy attitudes and behaviours on social networking sites. For her PhD research, Jess hopes to shed light on the systems of power, privilege, and oppression that are preventing Autistic adults from safely engaging in self-advocacy online, and to recommend community-led solutions that can enable Autistic self-advocates to not only survive but also thrive, online and offline.
Colleen Young, Member