Associate Vice-President (Research) Bio

Dr. Claudia Malacrida
Associate Vice-President (Research)
Office: B632, University Hall
Phone: 403-329-2738
Fax: 403-382-7185




Dr. Claudia Malacrida took up the Associate Vice-President (Research) role on January 1, 2016, moving from her position as Professor and Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier I) in Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. Malacrida completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master of Arts (Sociology) at the University of Calgary, followed by a PhD in Sociology (2001) at the University of Alberta. She held simultaneous SSHRC and Killam (honorary) postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary, joined the University of Lethbridge as an assistant professor in 2002, and was promoted to full professor in Sociology in 2011, serving as Chair of the Sociology department from 2010 to 2015.

Dr. Malacrida is the author of several books on disability, health and the body, including Mourning the Dreams: Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Early Infant Death (Left Coast Press), Sociology of the Body: a Reader (Oxford University Press), Cold Comfort: Mothers, Professionals and ADHD (University of Toronto Press), and A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta’s Eugenic Years (University of Toronto Press). Her research is focused on two streams. The first examines historical eugenics and current efforts to control disabled people's sexuality and reproduction. The second examines the cultural, practical and moral context that inform women’s childbirth experiences.

In her role as Associate Vice-President (Research), Dr. Malacrida reports to the Vice-President (Research), and works with grant facilitators, the Director of Centres and Institutes, the University-Industry Liaison Officer, and other staff in the Office of Research and Innovation Services to ensure that faculty needs are supported as they strive to advance the research agenda at the University of Lethbridge as it fulfills its mission as Alberta’s Destination University.