Carl James

Dr. Carl James

Professor, Faculty of Education & Sociology, York University, Toronto, ON. Born: Antigua.

Dr. Carl James has been teaching at York University, in the Faculty of Education since 1993. He is also cross-appointed to the Graduate Program in Sociology and Social Work. A full Professor since 2003, he is currently the Director of York centre for Education and Community. Prior to this,  Dr. James was the Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology. He has also been the Visiting Course Director, Department of Teacher Training at the University of Uppsala in Sweden since 1997.

Career: Instructor, Sheridan College (1987-93); Coordinator, Tanzania Project, Sheridan College (1989-92); Course Director, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto (1992-95 and 1997).

Community: A former youth worker, Dr. James is recognized for his work in Toronto’s marginalized communities, and for his work, nationally and internationally, in research on equity as related to race, class, gender and citizenship.

Honours: Including African Canadian Achievement Award (Education); Pride News Magazine (2009); William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, City of Toronto (2008); New Pioneer Award, Skills for Change (March 2006); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); President’s Award of Excellence in Teaching, Sheridan College (1991).

Works (selected): Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity & Culture, 4th edition (2010); Race in Play: Understanding the Socio-Cultural Worlds of Student Athletes (2005); Opportunity & Uncertainty: Life Course Experiences of the Class of ‘73 (2000); Editor: Possibilities and Limitations: Multicultural Policies and Programmes in Canada (2005); Talking about Identity: Encounters in Race, Ethnicity & Language (2001); Experiencing Differences (2000). Articles in: Intercultural Education; Pedagogy, Culture & Society; International  Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Canadian Women’s Studies Journal; Canadian Journal of Education; Urban Education; Journal of Eastern Caribbean StudiesRace, Ethnicity and Education.

Education: Honourary Doctorate, Education Uppsala University (2006); PhD, Sociology (1986); Masters of Arts, Sociology (1980).

Favourite quotes? 1) “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin  2) “Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be the heroes.” – African proverb (Kenyan and Zimbabwean version)  3) “It is what we think that we know already that often prevents us from learning.” – Claude Bernard

What inspires you? The need to know and learn – understanding that coming to “know” involves a process of learning. In this process, one grapples with complex and contextual relations, as well as the varying interpretations, meanings and understandings that are rooted in a person’s diverse biographical experiences.