Carl E. James (Co-director)
Carl E. James is Professor of Education and Sociology and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora at York University. He teaches courses in urban education, adolescents and schooling, and foundations of education. His research interests include: inter-relationship of race, ethnicity, class, gender and citizenship in identity/identification constructions; educational and occupational access and equity for marginalized youth; schooling matters of second-generation suburban students, and the complementary and contradictory nature of sports in the schooling and educational attainments of racialized students. His publications include: Life at the Intersection: Community, Class and Schooling (2012); Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Culture (2010); and Race in Play: The Socio-Cultural Worlds of Student Athletes (2005), profiled as SSHRC winning research, “Dropping the Ball” (March 2005). Additional scholarly contributions appear in journals such as Urban Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Canadian Journal of Education, Interchange, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Pedagogy, Culture and Identity.
Committed to evidenced-based policies and actions, Dr. James has extensive experience in youth studies, action research, and community work. He is widely recognized for his advocacy work in addressing issues and concerns related to Black and other racialized communities within a framework of equity, inclusivity, and social justice. In 2012, Dr. James was elected Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada.