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Shelley Z. Reuter, PhD

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Office: S-H 1125-19 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2174
Website(s): Testing Fate: Tay-Sachs Disease and the Right to be Responsible


PhD, Queen's University

Research interests

Shelley Z. Reuter was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in 2003, and received tenure and promotion to Associate in 2007. Prior to joining Concordia University, she was a faculty member at Memorial University of Newfoundland and at Queen’s University, where she also earned her PhD (2001). She has done qualitative research in the historical sociology of medicine and particularly the production of medical knowledge in relation to disease and cultural classifications such as "race" and gender. She is the author of Testing Fate: Tay-Sachs Disease and the Right to be Responsible (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Narrating Social Order: Agoraphobia and the Politics of Classification (University of Toronto Press, 2007) and a joint editor, with Katja Neves-Graça, of a special issue on Genes and Society of the Canadian Review of Sociology (2007). She has also published articles in Economy & Society, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Women’s Health & Urban Life, and Sociology of Health & Illness. Dr. Reuter's new research looks at "wellness" promotion and responsibilization in the context of campus student health clinics and university Employee Assistance Programs. A third area of interest is in motherhood and childlessness; Reuter is completing a project on childlessness and reproductive decision-making and beginning a new study of mothers who leave their children. Dr. Reuter teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels,including such courses as Contemporary Theory (402), Feminist Theories (476), Sociology of Knowledge (406) and Medicine and Society (321 & 648). In addition to her research and teaching, she has been active in the Concordia University Faculty Association for over a decade.  


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