Sherene H. Razack

Dr. Sherene H. Razack is a scholar with an international reputation whose expertise lies in the area of Critical Race, Gender, and Citizenship Studies in Education. Her research has focused on education for social change. Her work has particularly addressed sexual and racial violence, and the role such violence plays in maintaining white supremacist, patriarchal and capitalist social orders. She achieved her doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto in 1989. Apart from two years spent as an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montréal, she has been a faculty member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at University of Toronto for the past 24 years. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Social Justice Education.

Dr. Razack’s publications include five single-authored and three edited books, and numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent publications include: Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror (co-edited with Suvendrini Perera, University of Toronto Press, 2014). Dr. Razack has been invited to present her work across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Underpinning Dr. Razack’s scholarly research is a methodology that is based on the idea that systems of domination rely on each other. The idea of interlocking systems of oppression (how patriarchy, colonialism and white supremacy come into operation through each other) is one of her most important contributions to theory and practice. This methodological and theoretical intervention was first developed in Looking White People in the Eye (University of Toronto Press, 1998) and continues to be the contribution for which she is most widely known. Related areas of research include: racial and sexual violence against Indigenous and racialized peoples; the geopolitical and gendered dimensions of the ‘War on Terror’; the racial and patriarchal logic of humanitarian interventions; gender and militarism; and anti-violence feminist interventions in law.