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Vannina Sztainbok


Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

My research brings an anti-racist feminist lens to the study of Latin American urban spaces. I am particularly interested in thinking about how “extra-discursive” or unconscious aspects of racial subjectivity connect to experiences of place, violence, and displacement, as well as the politics of resistance. I draw on multiple theoretical areas including anti-racist feminist theory, Black feminist thought, cultural geography, feminist post-structuralism, postcolonial studies, and psychoanalysis.

Research areas

anti-racist feminism, intersectionality, racial inequality in the Americas, race and psychoanalysis, race and space, Afro-Latin American studies, racism and anti-racism in the Southern Cone, narratives of violence

Academic History

Ph.D., University of Toronto - Sociology and Equity Studies in Education

MA, University of Toronto - Sociology and Equity Studies in Education

BSc, University of Toronto - Psychology

Teaching Overview

Graduate Courses

Special Topics: Trauma and Education
Race and Knowledge Production: Research Methods
Gender, Race and Nation in Latin American Contexts
Knowledge, Mind, and Subjectivity: Foucault and Education
Feminism and Post-structuralism in Education
Marginality and the Politics of Resistance
Modernity and Postmodernity in Social Thought and Education

Undergraduate Courses

Changing Family Life in Canada
Advanced Seminar on Issues in Contemporary Sociology: Debates in Citizenship Studies
Debates in Critical Race Feminist Theory
Gender and Work
Gendered Selves, Gendered Lives and Inequalities
Practicum in Quantitative Research Methods
Race and Ethnicity
Social Inequality
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Industry and Work

Representative Publications

 “Making terror intelligible: The scene of interrogation in writings from the Southern Cone.” Canadian Journal for Women and the Law, Special Issue: A tribute to the scholarship of Sherene Razack. with T. Macías (forthcoming in December, 2018)

“Exposing her Body, Revealing the Nation: The Carnival Vedette and the Symbolic Order.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 19(5), pp. 592-606., 2013.

“From Salsipuedes to Tabaré: Race, Space and the Uruguayan Subject.” In A. Hoffmann, & E. Peeren (Eds.), Representation matters: (re)articulating collective identities in a postcolonial world (pp. 175-192). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.

“National Pleasures: The Fetishization of Blackness and Uruguayan Autobiographical Narratives.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal, 3(1), pp. 61-84, 2008.

Rowsell, J., Sztainbok, V. and Blaney, J.  “Losing Strangeness: Using Culture to Mediate ESL Teaching.” Language, Culture and Curriculum, 20(2), pp. 140-154, 2007.


Honours and Awards

University of Toronto Scarborough Faculty Teaching Award Nomination, 2011
Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Nomination, University of Toronto, 2013
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2006
Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship, 2003-2005