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Lauren Bialystok
Assistant Professor

email: lauren.bialystok@utoronto.ca  

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

My background is in philosophy and my interests include ethics and education, feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, and women's health and sexuality. Currently I am working on social justice education in the liberal state and Ontario's new sex education curriculum.

Academic History

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Toronto
B.A. Philosophy and German, University of Pennsylvania

Teaching Overview

I teach topics in ethics and education. Courses include:
Liberalism and its Critics
Identity and Education
Contemporary Ethical Issues in Education
Applied Ethics in Higher Education

Representative Publications

“My Child, My Choice?  Mandatory Curriculum, Sex, and the Conscience of Parents.” Educational Theory (Forthcoming).

“Different and Unequal:  Rethinking Justice in Intimate Relationships.”  Desire, Love, and Identity: A Textbook for the Philosophy of Sex and Love.  Ed. Gary Foster.  Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press Canada, 2017, 286-295.

"Should Teachers Be Authentic?"  Ethics and Education 10.3 (2015): 313-326.

"Transgender Inclusion in Single-Sex Competition: The Case of Beauty Pageants."  Social Theory and Practice 42.3 (2016): 605-635. 

"Respect without Recognition:  A Critique of the OCSTA's 'Respecting Difference' Policy."  Paideusis: Canadian Journal of Philosophy of Education 22.1 (2014):8-18http://journals.sfu.ca/paideusis/index.php/paideusis/article/view/403

Making it Better:  Gender-Transformative Health Promotion.  Eds. Greaves, Pederson, and Poole.  Canadian Scholars Press:  Toronto, 2014.  (Contributor) 

"Authenticity and the Limits of Philosophy."  Dialogue:  Canadian Philosophical Review 53.2 (June 2014):271-298.

"Politics without 'Brainwashing': A Philosophical Defence of Social Justice Education." Curriculum Inquiry 44.3 (June 2014): 413-440.

Bialystok, L.  “Refuting Polonius:  Sincerity, Authenticity, and ‘Shtick.’” Philosophical Papers 40.2 (July 2011): 207-231.


“Empty Schools Campaign Denies Children Essential Education.”  The Canadian Progressive. October 8, 2015.  http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2015/10/08/lauren-bialystok-empty-schools-campaign-denies-children-essential-education/

 “Home Birth: Dispatch from a Convert.” Canadian Medical Association Journal Blogs.  May 21, 2015.  http://cmajblogs.com/home-birth-dispatch-from-a-convert/#more-2116

 “Think Ontario’s Sex Ed Curriculum Infringes Parents’ Rights?  Think Again.” Huffington Post.  September 13, 2015.  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/misha-abarbanel/sex-ed-curriculum-protest_b_8123292.html

  “Home Birth Is a Feminist Act.”  This Magazine (January-February 2015): 10-11.

Research Grants and Contracts

2016 Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, “Touchy Subject: Investigating Aims and Values in Ontario’s Controversial 2015 Sex Education Update”

2013 Co-Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant, “Teaching and Learning High School Philosophy in Ontario Schools”

2013 Connaught New Researcher Fellowship (University of Toronto) “Refining the Authenticity Discourse in Education”

Honours and Awards

Fall 2015 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Ethics (University of Toronto)

Professional Activities

Editorial Board, Philosophical Inquiry in Education (book review editor)

Program Chair of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society annual conference 2016, 2017

Board of Consulting Editors, Canadian Journal of Education