Thomas Abrams

Killam Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: 902-494-6390
Mailing Address: 
Room 2026, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Critical health studies
  • Disability studies
  • Social theory
  • Body and embodiment


  • BA Hons, MA, PhD (Carleton)
  • PDF (OISE / Toronto)

Research Interests

I am a sociologist specializing in disability studies and sociological theory. I am working on two projects as of late.  The first is theoretical, exploring how disability studies can use social theory to reframe disability as a culturally organized, meaningful way of life, exceeding mere embodied deficit.  This project initially employed the thought of philosopher Martin Heidegger, more recently that of Spinoza, Deleuze and Guattari.

My second project falls under the critical rehabilitation sciences.  As part of an interdisciplinary research team, I am exploring how young men’s experiences of rehabilitation are shaped by dominant logics of choice and independence—and how they could be otherwise.  This project builds on both my theoretical work, and personal experience of muscular dystrophy.

Selected Publications