Cynthia Levine-Rasky

Associate Professor

B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (York)
Cross appointed with Gender Studies and Faculty of Education
Office: Macintosh-Corry Hall, Room D520
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74485

Research Areas

  • Canadian Social Problems: inequality, multiculturalism, health, immigration and refugee policy
  • Qualitative Methods, especially Community-Based Research
  • Romani Studies
  • Intersectionality

Cynthia Levine-Rasky has supervised graduate students who have conducted research on the following topics: immigrant settlement services; Afghan women; Turkish women; The Disappeared in Argentina; the international graduate student experience; Jewish day school curricular materials; Indigeneity; 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. Exploration of life writing (eg. memoir, blogs, auto-ethnography) as arts-based research is the newest of Prof. Levine-Rasky’s interests. Prospective graduate students for whom this resonates are invited to contact her.

Until recently, Prof. Levine-Rasky’s publishing activities have focused in critical whiteness studies. A monograph on the subject, Whiteness Fractured, was published in 2013 by Ashgate. Her recent research on Romani Studies culminated in a book on the subject, Writing the Roma: Histories, Policies, and Communities in Canada (Fernwood 2016), based on four years of ethnographic research at the Toronto Roma Community Centre, 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 A Romani Women’s Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water (Inanna 2016). Co-editor with Lisa Kowalchuk, We Resist: Defending the Common Good in Hostile Times (McGill-Queen’s University Press) is in progress. Other books are in the planning stages.

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 MethodologiesPatterns of PrejudiceSocial Identities, Canadian Journal of Education, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, and Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. In addition, Prof. Levine-Rasky's work appears in these magazines aimed at general readers: Canadian Dimension; Refuge; Canada's History Magazine; and NOW.  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.


I particularly welcome applicants to undertake graduate work inqualitative research methods including community-engaged research. This could involve substantive questions on race, racialization, ethnic identity and ethnic groups, immigration and immigrant/refugee groups, intersectionality, whiteness and critical whiteness studies, anti-racism activism, and the rise of white supremacist groups. Other possibilities are social inequality as well as the sociology of health.

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