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Kari Dehli

Kari Dehli
Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-0506

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

Dr. Dehli's research and teaching interests include feminist and anti-racist studies in education, post structuralism and cultural studies, education policy and state formation, critical approaches to power, language and subjectivity. Funded research projects on media education and parental involvement in education reform.

Dr. Dehli retired on January 1, 2014

Academic History

Ph.D., University of Toronto, Education Theory (OISE), 1988
M.A., University of Toronto, Education Theory (OISE), 1984
Grunnfag, University of Oslo, Institute of Pedagogy, 1982
B.A., University of Toronto, Sociology, 1976

Teaching Overview

Dr. Dehli has taught the following courses at OISE:
SES/HSJ 1912 Foucault and Research in Education
SES 1992 Feminism and Post-structuralism in Education
SES 1904 Sociological Theory in Education
SES 1956 Social Relations of Cultural Production in Education
SES 2999 Projects and Interventions in Urban Education

Representative Publications


Spencer, B. Dehli, K.& Ryan, J. with Gariepy, K. (eds.) (2012) Canadian Education: Governing Practices and Producing Subjects, Sense Publishing.

Rousmaniere, K., Dehli, K. & de Coninck-Smith, N. (Eds.) (1997)   Discipline, Moral Regulation and Schooling: A Social History, Garland Press, History of Education Series.

Bannerji, H., Carty, L., Dehli, K., Heald, S. & McKenna, K. (1990) Unsettling  Relations: The University as a Site of Feminist Struggle, Toronto: Women’s Press.

Chapters in books

Dehli, K. (2010). Toward a New Surivalism? Neo-liberal Government of Graduate Education in Ontario. In Jill Blackmore, Marie Brennan and Lew Zipin (Eds.) Re-positioning University Governance and Academic Work (pp. 86-100), Sense Publishers.

Dehli, K (2008). Race, Parents and the Organization of Education Policy Discourse in Ontario.

In Cynthia Levine-Rasky (Ed.) Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education (pp. 323-337).. Oxford University Press.

Dehli, K. (2008). Coming to Terms: Methodological and Other Dilemmas in Research. In K. Gallagher (Ed.) The Methodological Dilemma: Critical and Creative Approaches to Qualitative Research (pp. 46-66). New York: Routledge.


Research Grants and Contracts

2009-2012 Contested subjects: media education in policy, politics and practice, SSHRC Standard Research Grant (Principal Investigator) $125,436.00.
2007 Best Practices in Parental Involvement. Ontario Ministry of Education (Co-investigator on team with Joseph Flessa, TPS, Principal Investigator), $25,000.
2007 Exploring Pedagogy in Media Education Classrooms (SSHRC), $3,000.
2006-2008 Media Literacy Project. Canadian Council on Learning, (Co-investigator, Mark Lipton (PI), and Megan Boler), $40,000.

Professional Activities

Conference Papers and Proceedings:
2012 "Making, remaking or unmaking a curriculum subject? Local genealogies of media studies." Paper presented to Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Waterloo, May.
2011 "A video recording can duplicate any key teacher": promoting technology to Ontario schools in the 1960s." Paper presented to the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society, Auckland, New Zealand, December.
2011 "Framing subjects through key concepts? Media education and neo-liberal governance." Paper presented to European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Berlin, September.
2011 "Gendered histories: the contested terrain of media technology in education." Paper presented to Division H (History) annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, April.
2011 "Methodology and Relevance: Governing Education Research in Neoliberal Times." Paper presented to Symposium on Qualitative Methods and Democratic Practice in Education, annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, April.
2010 "Picturing pity and learning whiteness: The pedagogy of missionary photographs." Paper presented to biennial conference of the Canadian History of Education Association, York University, November.
2010 "This could be dangerous:" feminist media education and neoliberal politics of (in)tolerance, paper presented to Canadian Women's Studies Association, Concordia University June.

Invited Papers, Workshops and Seminars:

2011 "Making, remaking or unmaking a curriculum subject? Local genealogies of media studies in Ontario and Victoria." Invited presentation to Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, November 24.
2010 Panel presentation for Collaborative Program on Education Policy (March)
2007 "Political Subjectivity With or After Foucault?" Paper presented to 'Agency after Foucault' OISE/UT, April 14-15.

Editorial Boards:

1994-present Pedagogy, Culture and Society (formerly Curriculum Studies: A Journalof Educational Discussion and Debate). Regular reviews of manuscripts.
2002-2008 Gender and Education. Member of international advisory board. Regular reviews of manuscripts.