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Queen's University

Cynthia Levine-Rasky

B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (York)
Associate Professor

Cynthia Levine-Rasky

Office: Mac-Corry D520
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74485

Cross-appointed with Gender Studies and Faculty of Education

Research Areas

  • Canadian Social Problems:  inequality, multiculturalism, Aboriginal issues, immigration and refugee policy
  • Race, Racialization, and Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Intersectionality and Power Relations
  • Qualitative Methods

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 submit MA theses and PhD dissertations on the issues related to racialization in education and other social institutions. Her publishing activities have focussed in critical whiteness studies; a monograph on the subject, entitled 'Whiteness Fractured,' is in progress for University of British Columbia Press for 2013.

Most recently, Prof. Levine-Rasky's research has turned toward an ethnographic project on the Canadian Roma community. In August, 2011, she was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Research Grant for her project, “Web Space/Community Space: Developing Qualitative Research for Canadian Roma through Digital Media” for the development of a website designed to collect narrative data posted by Romani users. The IDG-funded project is one component of a planned trajectory of research on the Canadian Romani people. Working collaboratively with Roma community leaders and advisors, Prof. Levine-Rasky's proposed research will explore the diversity within the Canadian Romani community in Toronto and surrounding municipalities, to determine the quality of their integration into Canadian society, and to convey the rich texture of their lives in Canada. A multiply layered ethnography will be produced that combines the subjective with the social, the individual with the structural, and the present with the historical. This proposed study is an early step in strengthening research agendas on immigrants and refugees, especially those groups who are vulnerable on the basis of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.

Prof. Levine-Rasky teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Race and Racialization, and in Qualitative Methods. Among her teaching innovations are the integration of lecture with the first annual Anti-Racism Conference established by Committee Against Race and Ethnic Discrimination (CARED) of the Alma Mater Society. Classroom speakers are invited from groups such as 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. Every year, Prof. Levine-Rasky organizes a public poster session for SOCY 233 and has been invited to speak about the innovative undergraduate assignment at the Cross-Faculty Teaching Forum on Inquiry-based Learning. In addition, Prof. Levine-Rasky integrates students’ work with the annual undergraduate student conference, Inquiry@Queen's. In 2009, a selection of her students' work from SOCY 233 was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Teaching Sociology.

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). Her work appears in the peer-reviewed journals,Social Identities, Canadian Journal of Education, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Review of Education Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Prof. Levine-Rasky has presented her work at the British Sociological Association, and at the Institute of Education (University of London), as well as at numerous conferences in Canada and the United States.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000