Dr Kelly Fagan Robinson

Institution: Department of Social Anthropology

Specialism: Medical Anthropology

Dr Kelly Fagan Robinson is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Medical Anthropology Subject Manager and Lecturer for the Health, Medicine & Society MPhil and in the Department of Social Anthropology. Her Leverhulme project, entitled 'Communication Faultlines on the Frontlines', aims to test the limits of communicating need and desert of support between people who have little common ground. Her work covers a broad base of anthropological and interdisciplinary research in semiotics, language, and epistemic dissonances within health and disability spaces in the UK and internationally.

Kelly earned her PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London. Her doctoral research, supported by an ESRC/AHRC Multidisciplinary Studentship for research combining public policy and heritage, focused on deaf-centred listening practices with an emphasis on narrative techniques in professional performance and in everyday instances of testimony. Her subsequent research continues to employ multimodal methodological approaches combining text, image and film to unpack the social relations that contribute to categories of personhood such as ‘disabled’ or ‘at-risk’. She seeks to understand how such classifications inform knowledge-making within systems of public care and support, specifically how embedded perceptions of social or bodily alterity contribute to epistemic injustice within institutional settings.

Kelly has worked on these research questions across: British conceptualisations of cancer-risk on the CRUK ‘Elusive Risks’ pilot project; on an Alliance for Cancer Early Detection skills exchange with University of Manchester which explores the translatability of evidence across academic disciplines; and through lecturing and researching disability and public policies in Brazil as an associate on the British Academy Advanced Newton Fellowship project 'Living with Disabilities'. Kelly holds a degree-level NVQ6 in British Sign Language.


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2021-2024)

Department of Social Anthropology (https://www.socanth.cam.ac.uk/directory/dr-kelly-fagan-robinson)

Health, Medicine, and Society MPhil (https://www.hms.hps.cam.ac.uk/directory/Kelly-Fagan-Robinson)

International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED/CRUK) (https://www.earlydetectioncambridge.org.uk/aced)

Max Planck–Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change (http://maxcam.socanth.cam.ac.uk/index.php/media/)

Social Morphologies Research Unit (SMRU) (https://spacestudios.org.uk/events/morphologies-invisible-agents)