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Abigail Bakan, Chair, Department of Social Justice Education

Abigail Bakanabigail.bakan@utoronto.ca | 416-978-0400


Abigail Bakan is an outstanding social justice scholar with a strong record of successful post-secondary administrative experience, leadership skills and style that value intellectual leadership and collaboration. She was named Chair of the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto in 2013. The next year, in acknowledgement of social justice education as a growing area of concentration and research, she was instrumental in establishing it as the new Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, the first department of its kind in North America.

Professor Bakan earned her PhD at York University, and prior to joining OISE,  was Professor of Political Studies since 1998 and Head of the Department of Gender Studies (2011-2013)  Queen’s University.  Her academic record reflects a sustained, unique and intentional interdisciplinary approach with research interests in anti-oppression politics and a focus on the intersections of gender, race, political economy and citizenship.

Her scholarship, with clear connections to societal issues, has been funded regularly by SSHRC.  While continuing with her own outstanding work in the area of anti-oppression politics, with a focus on intersections of gender, race, class, political economy and citizenship, she has devoted time and energy to mentoring and supporting her students and colleagues.

Her research Her current research projects include: 1) theoretical reflections on gender, race and class; 2) theorizing anti-racism (with Enakshi Dua, York University); and 3) debating racism and framing anti-racism through a close study of the United Nations World Conferences Against Racism (WCAR) process, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta).