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Shelley Z. Reuter, PhD

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology


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, received tenure and promotion to Associate in 2007, and promotion to Professor in 2019. 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, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Women's Studies International Forum. Dr. Reuter's current research looks at "wellness" promotion and responsibilization in the context of campus student health clinics and university Employee Assistance Programs. She is also doing research on  motherhood and childlessness: Reuter has written on reproductive decision-making and is currently researching the experiences of mothers who voluntarily choose to live apart from their children. Dr. Reuter teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including such courses as Contemporary Theory (402), Contemporary Feminist Thought (476), Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine (321 & 648), and Motherhood and Childlessness (498).

Call for Research Participants

Understanding the Lived Experiences of


Mothers Who Voluntarily Choose to Live

Apart From Their Children

I am a sociologist lookingto speak with mothers who voluntarily elected to stop living with their minor children, and who are willing to participate in a confidential and non-judgmental interview about their experiences.If this topic relates to you and you wish to contribute to this research,please consider participating in my study. Participants need to have voluntarily stopped living with their children at least one year ago and need to have triedliving with their child(ren) for a time prior to acting on this decision.

Participation will entail 1 or 2 confidential interviews, in English, lasting approximately 1.5-2 hours. For more information about the study and/or to participate, please email Shelley Z. Reuter,Professor of Sociology, at


This project has been approved by Concordia University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any questions or concerns related to ethics compliance, please contact Ms. Monica Toca (Manager,Research Ethics, Office of Research), at

514.848.2424 x. 2425 (


Testing Fate: Tay-Sachs Disease and the Right to be Responsible

Narrating Social Order

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