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Kelly Fritsch, Co-director

Kelly Fritsch is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. As co-director of the Disability Justice & Crip Culture Collaboratory, she leads and supports projects that build disability culture, politics, and community, and that expand accessibility practices against ableism. She is co-author of We Move Together, a children’s book about disability culture, community, and accessibility, and co-editor of Disability Injustice: Confronting Criminalization in Canada and Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle. Her current book project, A Broken Politics for a Disabled World, takes up disability justice and crip culture as central to confronting forms of socioeconomic abandonment, marking a terrain of political struggle that can expand possible futures for disabled people, ecologies, and kin.

Fady Shanouda, Co-director

Fady Shanouda is an assistant professor in the Feminist Institute of Social Transformation at Carleton University and co-director of the Disability Justice & Crip Culture Collaboratory. 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.

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Jenn Bruce, Student member

Jenn is a PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Social Issues program at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Drawing from her own lived experience with disability and the non-profit sector, Jenn is researching how organizations in Canada mobilize disability justice from the inside. She is interested in how organizations can ‘prefigure’ their visions for the future in their day-to-day work and deepen their impact.

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Amanda Cannella, Student member

Amanda is a PhD student focusing on critical disability studies at the intersections of comic studies and the health humanities.

Conyer Clayton, Community member

Conyer Clayton (they/she) is a queer writer, editor, and arts educator whose multi-genre work often explores grief, disability, the climate crisis, and gender-based violence through a surrealist lens. They are the author of But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves. (Finalist for the Pat Lowther, Raymond Souster, Archibald Lampman, and ReLit Awards) and We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Winner of the 2021 Ottawa Book Award). They are the Nonfiction Editor for untethered magazine and a Poetry Editor for Augur, and guest edited CV2’s The Addiction Issue alongside Hannah Green. You can find their poetry and nonfiction in THIS Magazine, Room Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry 2023, filling station, The Capilano Review, and others. 

Melanie Coughlin, Contract Instructor member

Melanie teaches philosophy and religion at Carleton University. Her research focuses on the historical relationship between 20th century Japanese philosophy and European philosophy with a focus on how that history can inform issues we still struggle with today. She is a disability advocate, currently fighting for a centralized accommodation process for all CUPE 4600 members and safer rides through the ParaTranspo Customer Service Working Group.

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Andy Coyne, Student member

Andy is a trans non-binary AuDHDer interested in community building, radical imaginings, and collaborative unlearning. Currently working on a master’s in sociology at Carleton University, they are interested in embodied experiences of folk who came to the neurodiversity movement and ‘neurodivergent’ as socio-political identity during the lockdowns of the early COVID-19 pandemic. Andy is also a member of the governing body of the Autistic and Neurodivergent Liberation Front of Ottawa (ANLFO), a local neurodivergent self-advocacy organization.

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Kendal David, Student member

Kendal is a PhD student at Carleton University. She researches and writes about poverty and income supports by drawing on critical disability studies and critical discourse analysis.

Kate Ellis, Student member

Kate (they/them) is a queer, autistic PhD student in Communication at Carleton University. Their research interests are broadly in social media use for autistic community-building, questioning gendered presentations or ‘phenotypes’ of autism, and the intersections between transphobia and anti-autistic ableism. They have a background in Critical Disability Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies and are committed to doing research that centres community perspectives. In their free time, Kate loves to cook for their loved ones, rewatch Degrassi: The Next Generation, and play Stardew Valley.

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Natalie Hart, Community member

Natalie has degrees in Art History and Music Performance from Carleton University and the Jacobs School of Music and is currently studying American Sign Language. Given her background and lived experience as a queer person living with two chronic conditions, she takes a multidisciplinary approach to access and inclusion in museums and galleries. Her research interests include disability aesthetic in art and bringing visibility to stories of people with disabilities in museums and galleries. She currently works with the City of Ottawa Museums as an Education and Interpretation Program Officer.

Genevieve Hart, Student member

Genevieve is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work degree with a double minor in Disability Studies and Psychology. 


Keely Grossman, Student member

Keely is a Blind theorist and PhD student in Sociology.

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Kendra Guidolin, Student member

Kendra is a doctoral student, writer, and dancer based on the unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, carte blanche, Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2), Cosmonauts Avenue, and Arc Poetry Magazine online, among others. She writes mostly about the body.

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Kai Jacobsen, Student member

Kai is an MA student in Sociology at Carleton University. They are a neurodivergent trans researcher interested broadly in how normative discourses about queer and trans identities impact queer and trans people’s lives and wellbeing. More specifically, they are interested in how autistic trans people experience gender-affirming care readiness assessments. 

Sophie Jin, Student member

Sophie is a writer, researcher, and master’s student looking at long-term care beyond institutionalization. Their work on penal abolition, disability justice, and labour has appeared in Briarpatch, This, and the Monitor, among others, and they sat on the editorial collectives of the Prison Abolition and Disability Justice issues of Briarpatch Magazine.

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Rachel Jobson, Student member

Rachel is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Carleton University on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. She is a white, settler, queer, disabled and neurodivergent student researching the socio-legal construction of the nuclear family as the only sanctioned site of care outside of paid care work and institutionalization. She is particularly interested in how crip theorizing around interdependence and collective care intersects with family abolition and anti-carceral movements. She is a member of the CUPE 4600 Disability & Accessibility Caucus, and the Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Student Caucus. 

Amy Li, Student member

Amy is a Chinese Canadian disabled student who recently completed her undergraduate degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management, with a specialization in Social Policy. She is an incoming M.A. student in Sociology at Carleton University, and her studies will be supported by a SSHRC-Canada Graduate Scholarship. Her research interests include social policy, disability arts, experiences of Chinese diaspora, and care. She values community-building and believes in the importance of the arts in facilitating these connections. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting. 

Megan Linton, Student member

Megan 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 HarmCanadian Dimension and the CBC among others. 

michelle corinne liu, Student member

michelle is a Mad, non-binary, queer, deprofessional artist, writer, wannabe Dj and PhD student at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.  Their creative practice often involves sound, text, and performance.  Their research investigates abolition architectures, environmental justice and fugitive methods of being and knowing. 

Caitlin Manuel, Student member

Caitlin is a non-binary, queer, autistic researcher, and dedicated cat-parent.  They are a PhD student in Carleton’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with research interests in sex education, critical disability and mad studies, and sex work.

Caitlyn Rose, Student member

Caitlyn is an undergraduate student working towards her BA in Disability Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. She feels most at home when connecting with other disabled people or in a comfy chair with a book and her pets. Her research interests include disability arts, access, and care.

Adele Ruhdorfer, Student member

Adele is an emerging writer, researcher, and curator, with a creative practice centred on photographic, lens-based, digital media, and collage. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Art History at Carleton University, located on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. Drawing upon her own lived experiences as a neurodiverse and chronically ill person, she focuses on the embodied creative practices of disabled, mad, and sick artists in her research and curatorial practice. Her research complicates the definition of Disability Arts beyond a politics of visibility, to include non-representational, abstract, and immersive art. Focus is given to artists using an aesthetics of error in their lens-based, time-based, chance-based, digital media, and/or glitch art, highlighting how technological relationships extend their body’s capacity for creative expression, while remaining grounded in their embodied experiences and lived crip knowledge.


Former Members and Members on Leave

Lisanne Binhammer

Sarah Jama

Alex McLean

Jess Rocheleau