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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Jamie Magnusson

Jamie Magnusson
Associate Professor

email: jamielynn.magnusson@utoronto.ca  
email: jamielynn.magnusson@utoronto.ca

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Dr. Jamie Magnusson's activism and scholarship on ‘urban poverty and rebel cities' examine militarized financialization in terms of urban development and social justice themes, with particular attention to BIPOC women, youth, and queer communities. She has recently written and presented on the political economy of sex work, domestic sex trafficking, surveillance capitalism, and the financialization of living systems. She is currently involved in documenting women's organizing and prefigurative politics within illegal economies.

Her community activism includes working with sex workers, youth who have been exploited in the sex industry, and working with lgbtq+ activists.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

Ph.D. University of Manitoba, Psychology, 1989
M.A. University of Manitoba, Psychology, 1984
B.A. (Honours), University of Manitoba, Psychology, 1982

Teaching Overview

Dr. Magnusson has taught the following courses at OISE:

Precarity and Dispossession: Urban Poverty and Rebel Cities

Queer Interventions: Community Tools for Adult Educators

Embodied Learning and Alternative Approaches to Community Development

Academic Capitalism: Higher Education with a Corporate Agenda

Higher Education: War, Conflict, and Terror

Radical Democratic Approaches to Policy Studies in Education

Representative Publications


Magnusson, J. (in press). Queer holistic pedagogies. In Miller, Nigh, Binder, Novak, Crowell (Eds.) The International Handbook for Holistic Education. London: Routledge.

Magnusson, J. (2018). Fractious Bodies and Rebel Streets. In S. Batacharya and R. Wong (Eds), Sharing breath: Embodied learning and decolonization. Athabasca University Press. 

Magnusson, J. (2016). Protest against threats to feminists at the University of Toronto. Resources for Feminist Research, 34 (3&4), 139-140. 

Gajardo, L., & Magnusson, J. (2016). Editorial. Resources for Feminist Research, 34 (3&4), 1-2. This editorial was written as an introduction to the inaugural online issue of RFR

Magnusson, J. (2015). Financialization. In S. Mojab (Ed.), Marxism and Feminism, London and New York: Zed Books (on financialization and the political economy of domestic sex trafficking)

Magnusson, J. & Shahrzad, M. (2015). War of gender games. In N. Taber (Ed.), Learning gendered militarism in Canada: A lifelong pedagogy of acceptance and resistance. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.

Abergel, E. & Magnusson, J. (2014). The art of (bio)surveillance: Bioart and the financialization of life systems. Topia, Special Issue "The Financialized Imagination", 30-31, 237-254.

Magnusson, J. (2013). Biosurveillance as a terrain of innovation in an era of monopoly financial capital. Policy Futures in Education 11(6), 745-754.

Magnusson, J. (2013). Precarious learning and labour in financialized times. Brock Journal of Education, Special Issue on The Impact of Globalization on Adult and Higher Education, 22(2), 69-83.

2018 Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations:

Magnusson, J. & Rezaei, S. (2018). Sex worker's social movements, community self-defence, prefigurative politics. Paper presented at the Historical Materialism Conference, Montreal, June 2018. 

Magnusson, J. & Grant, J. (2018). Gendered and racialized violence: Financialization, primary accumulation and global consolidation of illegal economies. Paper presented at the International Sociology Association conference, Toronto, July, 2018.

Magnusson, J. (2018). Criminalizing queer/trans BIWOC: Understanding capitalism’s production of illegal economies and ultra-right policing. Paper to be presented at Historical Materialism, London, UK, November, 2018. 

Research Grants and Contracts

Magnusson, J. & Turner, S. (2016). Police response to sexual violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. $106,976

Magnusson, J. (P.I.). (2014). SSHRC, Resources for Feminist Research, SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals Competition, $22,000

Magnusson, J. (P.I.) (2011). Resources for Feminist Research, SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals Competition, $67,800 (three year award)

Mojab, S., Magnusson, J., McCready, L. (2011). Society and Security. OISE Proposal Development Fund Competition. $10,000

Honours and Awards

1990 Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Dissertation Award: For the most outstanding Canadian dissertation.

Three of my students' theses have received thesis of the year awards from the following societies:
American Education Research Association, Queer Special Interest Group,
Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Philosophy
Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education

Professional Activities

Executive Positions:
Head, Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE) (2015-2018)
Program Coordinator, Adult Education and Community Development (2014-2016)
Director, Transformative Learning Centre (2015)
P.I. Resources for Feminist Research, current
Acting Head, Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE), 2013
Program Coordinator, Higher Education Program, 2007-2009
Applied Semiotics SIG, AERA, SIG Chair, 2005, 2006
Applied Semiotics SIG, AERA, Program Chair, 2003, 2004
Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, Elected member of the Executive Committee, 1993-1995
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Conference Coordinator, Annual Meeting, University of Manitoba, 1993

Editorial Positions:
Resources for Feminist Research, Editorial Board and Principal Investigator
Socialist Studies, Book Review Editor, 2005
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Co-Editor, 1996-1999
Instructional Evaluation and Faculty Development (AERA), Associate Editor, 1993

Other Information

When I'm not at OISE, I can be found in various community centres offering martial qigong and self-defense to sex workers and the LGBTQ community through a program I founded a few years ago called FIGHTING OUT. Fighting Out offers an opportunity to build community and participate in local grassroots organizing and in solidarity with global social movements.