Claudia Malacrida is the associate vice-president, Research, at the University of Lethbridge, and is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in disability studies and the sociology of the body. She is the author of five books on disability/body issues, and many articles, chapters and papers on reproductive justice, eugenics and institutionalization, motherhood, and medicalization.
Malacrida sits on the boards of the Alberta Gambling Research Institute and the Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research, and is director of research policy for the board of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also a member of the steering committee for the University of Alberta Integrated Health Institute, and a representative to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research networks.
Malacrida was a panel member of the 2016-17 Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science. She served as chair of the University of Lethbridge’s Sociology Department from 2011 to 2015, was the founding coordinator of an interdisciplinary graduate program in cultural, social and political thought, and held a Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair at the university. She has also been on the editorial boards of Disability & Society, and Qualitative Health Research.
Malacrida received a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of arts in sociology from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Alberta. She held Killam (honorary) and SSHRC postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary.