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Merle Jacobs

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Department of Equity Studies

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Equity Studies

Office: Room 330 Atkinson Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 44012
Email: merlej@yorku.ca
Primary website: www.merleajacobs.com


Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

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Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

Degrees

PhD Sociology, York University
MA Sociology, York University
BA Sociology (Hon), York University

Professional Leadership

2011-12 Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Equity Studies 2010- 12 Chair, Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 2010-11 Coordinator Human Rights and Equity Degree 2010-11 Coordinator Race Ethnicity and Indiginaty Degree 2009 Associate Professor, Department of Equity Studies 2009-11 Coordinator Social Science Degree

Community Contributions

2013- Member and BOD - Canadian Friends of Burma 2010- 2012 Member, Central LIHN IHSP Health Equity Advisory Network 2007- 09 Chair, The Marcus Garvey Centre for Leadership and Education 2008 Governance Committee, York Central Hospital 2006 Quality and Performance management Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - 06 Community member, Strategic Planning Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - Director, Oasis Outreach Centre 2004 - Director, Immigrant Community Development Agency

Research Interests

Health , Sociology, women, political economy

Current Research Projects


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    Funders:
    Minor Research Grant

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    Funders:
    Junior Faculty Fund
Books

Publication
Year

Women's Work:Racism Revisited. APF Press

2013

Visano, L. A & Merle Jacobs. Social justice and human rights: inequalities relating to health status. APF Press

2013

Social Dislocation, Trauma, and The Lived Experience. (Ed) Toronto: APF Press

2011

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications. ( Second Edition - forthcoming June)

2010

Women’s Work: Racism and Trauma. Toronto: APF Press (pages 164)

2008

Critical Reading in Health (Ed) Toronto: APF Press.

2008

The Cappuccino Principle: Health, Culture and Social Justice in the Workplace. Ontario: de Sitter Publication (pages 231)

2007

Justice Health and Culture (Ed) Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2007

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global (Ed) Ontario: Thomson Nelson.

2006

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

2006

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2006

Sociology: Families and Social Change. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2006

Intersections: Readings in Sociology. Customized Reader Canada: Pearson Custom Publishing.

2005

Is Anyone Listening?: Women, Work, and Society (Ed)Toronto: Women’s Press.

2002

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Understanding Bureaucracies in Canadian Society: Global Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. McCauley. Ontario, de Sitter Publications

2010

Equity and Work in The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario, de Sitter Publications

2010

Disordered Eating: Culture Matters. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 183-212) . Toronto: APF Press.

2008

Race is a determent of health. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Justice, Health and Culture. (pp 36 – 46) . Ontario:Thomson Nelson.

2007

Nursing, A Pink Collar Ghetto? From Semi-Professional to Professional. In Merle Jacobs & Stephen Bosanac (Eds) ‘The Professionalization of Work.’ (pp 123-143). Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

2007

Social Determinants of Health: A roadmap to Social Justice. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. (pp 235-252) . Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2006

Creating Understanding from Research: Staff Nurses’ Views on Collegiality. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘Is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 295-314). Toronto:Women’s Press.

2002

Undertaking Advocacy. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 336-344). Toronto: Women’s Press

2002

Race is a determent of Health in Canada. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 49-72) . Toronto: APF Press.


Research Reports

Publication
Year

Implementing Accountability For Equity And Ending Racial Backlash (Eds) Hagey, R., Jacobs. M., Turrittin J., Prudy, M., Lee, Ruth., Cooper Brathwaite A., & Marianne Chandler. Toronto: Canadian Race Relation Foundation.

2005

Approach to Teaching


I teach because I believe that education above all else is the means to creating equality of conditions and opportunity. In a classroom, there is an unequal distribution of power. Students who believe they have little influence are unlikely to feel committed. This dissatisfaction can decrease participation. With this in mind, I encourage students to ask questions and challenge what they hear. I encourage analytical discourse, self-reflection, and dialogue based on knowledge



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HREQ4650 3.0 M Equity In The Workplace SEMR


Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

Degrees

PhD Sociology, York University
MA Sociology, York University
BA Sociology (Hon), York University

Professional Leadership

2011-12 Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Equity Studies 2010- 12 Chair, Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 2010-11 Coordinator Human Rights and Equity Degree 2010-11 Coordinator Race Ethnicity and Indiginaty Degree 2009 Associate Professor, Department of Equity Studies 2009-11 Coordinator Social Science Degree

Community Contributions

2013- Member and BOD - Canadian Friends of Burma 2010- 2012 Member, Central LIHN IHSP Health Equity Advisory Network 2007- 09 Chair, The Marcus Garvey Centre for Leadership and Education 2008 Governance Committee, York Central Hospital 2006 Quality and Performance management Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - 06 Community member, Strategic Planning Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - Director, Oasis Outreach Centre 2004 - Director, Immigrant Community Development Agency

Research Interests

Health , Sociology, women, political economy

Current Research Projects


    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    Minor Research Grant

    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    Junior Faculty Fund

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Understanding Bureaucracies in Canadian Society: Global Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. McCauley. Ontario, de Sitter Publications

2010

Equity and Work in The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario, de Sitter Publications

2010

Disordered Eating: Culture Matters. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 183-212) . Toronto: APF Press.

2008

Race is a determent of health. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Justice, Health and Culture. (pp 36 – 46) . Ontario:Thomson Nelson.

2007

Nursing, A Pink Collar Ghetto? From Semi-Professional to Professional. In Merle Jacobs & Stephen Bosanac (Eds) ‘The Professionalization of Work.’ (pp 123-143). Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

2007

Social Determinants of Health: A roadmap to Social Justice. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. (pp 235-252) . Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2006

Creating Understanding from Research: Staff Nurses’ Views on Collegiality. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘Is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 295-314). Toronto:Women’s Press.

2002

Undertaking Advocacy. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 336-344). Toronto: Women’s Press

2002

Race is a determent of Health in Canada. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 49-72) . Toronto: APF Press.


Books

Publication
Year

Women's Work:Racism Revisited. APF Press

2013

Visano, L. A & Merle Jacobs. Social justice and human rights: inequalities relating to health status. APF Press

2013

Social Dislocation, Trauma, and The Lived Experience. (Ed) Toronto: APF Press

2011

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications. ( Second Edition - forthcoming June)

2010

Women’s Work: Racism and Trauma. Toronto: APF Press (pages 164)

2008

Critical Reading in Health (Ed) Toronto: APF Press.

2008

The Cappuccino Principle: Health, Culture and Social Justice in the Workplace. Ontario: de Sitter Publication (pages 231)

2007

Justice Health and Culture (Ed) Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2007

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global (Ed) Ontario: Thomson Nelson.

2006

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

2006

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2006

Sociology: Families and Social Change. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

2006

Intersections: Readings in Sociology. Customized Reader Canada: Pearson Custom Publishing.

2005

Is Anyone Listening?: Women, Work, and Society (Ed)Toronto: Women’s Press.

2002

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Implementing Accountability For Equity And Ending Racial Backlash (Eds) Hagey, R., Jacobs. M., Turrittin J., Prudy, M., Lee, Ruth., Cooper Brathwaite A., & Marianne Chandler. Toronto: Canadian Race Relation Foundation.

2005

Approach to Teaching


I teach because I believe that education above all else is the means to creating equality of conditions and opportunity. In a classroom, there is an unequal distribution of power. Students who believe they have little influence are unlikely to feel committed. This dissatisfaction can decrease participation. With this in mind, I encourage students to ask questions and challenge what they hear. I encourage analytical discourse, self-reflection, and dialogue based on knowledge



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HREQ4650 3.0 M Equity In The Workplace SEMR