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Director – Dr. Carl James

carl_jamesDr. Carl James, Director of the York Centre for Education and Community, has been a member of the Faculty of Education since 1993 and is cross-appointed with the graduate programs in the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work. He was formerly the Affirmative Action Officer at York University.

A former youth leader and community worker, he has extensive experience with critical ethnography, phenomenology, action research and government and institutional policy analysis. Dr. James is widely recognized for his work in ethnically and racially diverse communities and for his role, nationally and internationally, in research around equity and identity as related to race, class, gender, racialization, immigration and citizenship.

Dr. James is known for his mentorship and is engaged in professional development with social service workers, community agencies and educators. On an international level, he has been working with teacher educators, teachers and teacher-candidates since 1997 at Uppsala University and Sodertorn University College in Stockholm. In January 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden for his contribution to social equity and anti-racism education

In 2006, Carl James received the New Pioneers Award for his outstanding achievements and contributions to Canadian society and in 2008 he was awarded Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations. His publications include Making It: Black Youth, Racism and Career Explorations in the Big City (1991); Experiencing Difference (2000); the co-edited volume, Talking About Identity: Encounters in Race, Ethnicity, and Language (2001); Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Identity (1991, 2003 and 2010); Race in Play: The Socio-Cultural Worlds of Student Athletes (2005); Possibilities and Limitations: Multicultural Policies and Programs in Canada (2005); Race and Well-being: The Lives, Hopes and Activism of African Canadians (2010); Life at the Intersection: Community, Class and Schooling (2012).

Research Interests

Carl James’ extensive background in youth work and community development informs his recent work on educational programs that are responsive to the particular needs, experiences, interests and aspirations of young people living in inner sub-urban contexts. He is particularly engaged in exploring avenues for making education more reflective of community interests, concerns and values, and on enhancing educational and occupational access and equity for marginalized youth.

Scholarly Interests

Equity in education related to ethnicity, race, social class, and gender; anti-racism and multicultural education; urban education; youth and sport; practitioner research; community development (social work); immigrant settlement; immigration and minority issues in Sweden; and social and educational issues in the Caribbean.