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Abigail B. Bakan

Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto

Abigail B. Bakan is Professor in the Department of Social Justice in Education (SJE), at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), and cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. With Yasmeen Abu-Laban, she is co-author of Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race: Exploring Identity and Power in a Global Context.


  • 2013–2021
    Professor, OISE, University of Toronto
  • 1998–2013
    Professor, Queen's University
  • 1991–1998
    Associate Professor, Queen's University
  • 1985–1991
    Assistant Professor, Queen's University


  • 1984 
    York University, PhD, Political Science
  • 1978 
    York University, MA, Political Science
  • 1975 
    York University , BAH, Political Science


  • 2021
    The Israel/Palestine Racial Contract and the Challenge of Anti-Racism: Case Study of the UN World Conference Against Racism, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2020
    Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race, IB Tauris, Bloomsbury
  • 2020
    Going Flat: Breast Cancer, Mastectomy and the Politics of Choice, Imaginations
  • 2017
    Intersectionality and the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Atlantis
  • 2014
    Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theory, U of Toronto Press
  • 2012
    After 9/11: Canada, Israel/Palestine, and the Surveillance of Public Discourse, Canadian Journal of Law and Society
  • 2012
    Marxism, Feminism and Epistemological Dissonance, Socialist Studies
  • 2010
    Israel/Palestine, South Africa and the 'One-State Solution': The Case for an Apartheid Analysis, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Science
  • 2009
    Palestinian Resistance and International Solidarity: The BDS Campaign, Race and Class
  • 2005
    Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System, U of Toronto Press
  • 2002
    Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogues from the Left, McGill-Queen's U Press
  • 2000
    Employment Equity Policy in Canada: An Interprovincial Comparison, Status of Women Canada
  • 1990
    Ideology and Class Conflict in Jamaica: The Politics of Rebellion, McGill-Queen's U Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    UN as Knowledge Producer: World Conferences on Women, Racialized and Indigenous Peoples
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2011
    Debating Racism and Framing Anti-Racism: The Analytical and Policy Implications of UN World Conferences 2001-2009
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2000
    Employment Equity and the Backlash Effect: The Geography of Political Culture in BC and Ontario
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 1998
    Systemic Racism and Employment Equity Policy in Canada
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Society for Socialist Studies
  • International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • United Jewish People's Order
  • Independent Jewish Voices