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Rachel La Touche

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Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Email: rachellt@yorku.ca


Dr. La Touche received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University (2017) and joins York University’s Social Science Department as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. Her current research centres on questions of inequality, mental health and organizations, including a recently completed collaborative project for the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) interrogating the socio-psychological impact of student evaluations of teaching (SETs) on faculty across Canada. In addition, she boasts an international, interdisciplinary, and award-winning teaching portfolio, and is an accredited instructor in research methods and teaching pedagogy. Her commitment to accessible and engaged teaching approaches have been recognized by numerous awards and invited speaking engagements. She looks forward to joining the vibrant teaching culture at York University and is eager to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, curriculum, and supervision, alongside continued publication in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).​

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“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being” – Toni Morrison​

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Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1140 9.0 A Self, Culture and Society LECT
Winter 2021 AP/SOSC1000 6.0 M Introduction to Social Science LECT
Winter 2021 AP/SOSC1009 6.0 M Introduction to Social Science (ESL) LECT



Dr. La Touche received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University (2017) and joins York University’s Social Science Department as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. Her current research centres on questions of inequality, mental health and organizations, including a recently completed collaborative project for the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) interrogating the socio-psychological impact of student evaluations of teaching (SETs) on faculty across Canada. In addition, she boasts an international, interdisciplinary, and award-winning teaching portfolio, and is an accredited instructor in research methods and teaching pedagogy. Her commitment to accessible and engaged teaching approaches have been recognized by numerous awards and invited speaking engagements. She looks forward to joining the vibrant teaching culture at York University and is eager to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, curriculum, and supervision, alongside continued publication in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).​

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“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being” – Toni Morrison​


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1140 9.0 A Self, Culture and Society LECT
Winter 2021 AP/SOSC1000 6.0 M Introduction to Social Science LECT
Winter 2021 AP/SOSC1009 6.0 M Introduction to Social Science (ESL) LECT