B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (York)
- Canadian Social Problems: inequality, multiculturalism, heatlh, Aboriginal issues, immigration and refugee policy
- Romani Studies
- Qualitative Methods, especially Community-Based Research
Cynthia Levine-Rasky has supervised graduate students who have conducted research on the following topics: the international graduate student experience; Jewish day school curricular materials; aboriginal issues; representations of whiteness in Japanese culture; experiences of racialized female faculty members; women in the criminal justice system; and racial formation theory. She serves on examining committees for graduate students who wish to utilize qualitative research methods on issues related to racialization, immigrants and refugees, and on the intersections between race, class, gender, religion, language, and other axes of differentiation. She has an acute interest in community-based research on social justice themes. Until recently, her publishing activities have focused in critical whiteness studies. A monograph on the subject, Whiteness Fractured, was published in 2013 by Ashgate.
Prof. Levine-Rasky’s research now focuses on Romani Studies. A book on the subject, Writing the Roma (Fernwood 2016) is based on four years of ethnographic research at the Toronto Roma Community Centre from 2012-2015, an organization in which she remains involved. The books covers the history of the Roma in Canada, conditions in Europe from which Roma are fleeing and claiming refugee status in Canada, and community building in Toronto. With Hedina Tahirović-Sijerčić, Prof. Levine-Rasky is co-editor of Spectrum of the Blue Water: Romani Women in Canada (Inanna 2016). Other publications are in the planning stages. These include a book on the transnational practices of Canadian Roma to be co-edited with Prof. Arielle Dylan (Social Work, St. Thomas University) with whom Prof. Levine-Rasky is co-applicant on a 2016 SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
Prof. Levine-Rasky teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Inequality, Sociology of Health, and Applied Sociology. Among her teaching innovations is a public poster session organized for SOCY 233 and integration of students’ work with the annual undergraduate student conference, Inquiry@Queen’s. In 2009, a selection of her students’ posters from SOCY 233 was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Teaching Sociology. Prof. Levine-Rasky has been invited to speak about the innovative undergraduate assignment at the Cross-Faculty Teaching Forum on Inquiry-Based Learning. In addition, classroom speakers representing Immigrant Services of Kingston and Area (ISKA), Queen’s University Muslim Student Association, Native Students Association, African-Caribbean Students Association, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Social Planning Council/Room of Our Own, and the LGBTQ community have been invited to give presentations to her classes.
Editor of Working through Whiteness: International Perspectives (SUNY Press, 2002), and Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education (OUP, 2008), and co-author of Teaching for Equity and Diversity: Research to Practice (with Patrick Solomon, Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2003), Prof. Levine-Rasky has published chapters in Brock, Raby, and Thomas, eds. Power and Everyday Practice (Nelson Education Ltd, Toronto), and in Carr and Lund, eds. The Great White North? Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education in Canada (Sense Publishing, Netherlands) and in Lea, Carr and Lund, eds. Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness: Views from the Past and Present (New York: Peter Lang Publishers). Her work appears in the peer-reviewed journals, Cultural Studies < - > Critical Methodologies, Patterns of Prejudice, Social Identities, Canadian Journal of Education, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. In addition, Prof. Levine-Rasky's work appears in these magazines aimed at general readers: Canadian Dimension Magazine; Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees; Canada's History Magazine; and NOW Magazine. She has presented her work at the British Sociological Association, and at the Institute of Education (University of London), the New York University Department of Music, the Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, as well as at numerous conferences in Canada and the United States.