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Lauren Bialystok

Lauren Bialystok
Assistant Professor

phone: 416-978-0412
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
Introduction to Philosophy of Education
Gender and Education

Representative Publications

“Ontario Health and Physical Education Teachers’ Views of the Aims of Sexuality Education.”  Canadian Journal of Education. (In press.)

“My Child, My Choice?  Mandatory Curriculum, Sex, and the Conscience of Parents.” Educational Theory 68.1 (2018): 11-29. Doi: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/edth.12286

Bialystok, L. and Kukar, P. “Authenticity and Empathy in Education.” Theory and Research in Education 16.1 (2018): 23-39.

Bialystok, L. and Wright, J.  “’Just Say No’: Public Dissent over Sexuality Education and the Canadian National Imaginary.”  Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01596306.2017.1333085

“Philosophy across the Curriculum and the Question of Teacher Capacity.” Journal of Philosophy of Education 51.4 (2017): 827-836.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9752.12258/full

“Authenticity in Education.” The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.  Ed. George Noblit.  Oxford University Press, 2017. http://education.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.001.0001/acrefore-9780190264093-e-168

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

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

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

"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.

In the Media




Web-based and magazine publications:

"A Full Woman: What a Trans Beauty Queen Can Teach Us about Beauty Standards and Gender Identity." Beauty Demands.  November 6, 2017. http://beautydemands.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/a-full-woman-what-trans-beauty-queen.html
“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.


Watch Lectures on YouTube

"Education as Ethics"
Early Career Faculty Colloquium
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
March 5, 2013
"Navigating the Land Mines of Social Justice Education"
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
Geneva, Switzerland
October 6, 2017














Research Grants and Contracts

See "Touchy Subject: Sexuality Education in Ontario Schools" research website: https://laurenbialystok.wixsite.com/touchysubject

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

2018 OISE Distinguished Contributions to Teaching

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

Professional Activities

Co-Editor, Philosophical Inquiry in Education (book review editor)

Review Board, Educational Theory

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

Board of Consulting Editors, Canadian Journal of Education