Dr. Leanne Taylor

Associate Professor (PhD), Department of Educational Studies

Contact for Availability for Graduate Advisement

Leanne Taylor

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 271
905 688 5550 x4965

Dr. Leanne Taylor (she/her), is an Associate Professor at Brock University. She is Chair of the Faculty of Education’s Equity and Social Justice Standing Committee (ESJC) and is affiliated with the Social Justice and Equity Studies Master’s program (SJES). She is the recipient of the Faculty of Education award for Teaching Excellence as well as Brock’s Distinguished Teaching Award. For the past 15+ years, Dr. Taylor has conducted research on anti-racism practices, policy, and programming and has designed and instructed courses on equity, social justice, power, and politics across undergraduate, graduate, and teacher education programs. An advocate of equity practice, Dr. Taylor has also conducted workshops for principals, superintendents, parents, students, and alumni in the Toronto and Niagara District School Boards – this is work close to her heart as a mother of a creative and curious ten year-old. She is also Editor in Chief of the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education. Her recent book, First Generation Student Experiences in Higher Education: Counterstories (Routledge, 2023, co-authored with Carl James) explores marginalized youth’s educational experiences in Canada. With this grounding, Dr. Taylor believes in educational leadership that makes space for difference, inspires new ideas, and prioritizes voices that are not always at the table.

  • 2021 Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2021 Brock University Faculty of Education Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Equity, diversity and activism in education
  • Antiracist praxis
  • Critical mixed-race theory
  • Sociology of Education
  • Access to postsecondary education
  • First generation students
  • Editor in Chief – Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education


James, C. & Taylor, L. (2023). First Generation Student Experiences in Higher Education: Counterstories. New York: Routledge.

 Selected Chapters and Articles

Taylor, L. (2022). Navigating shifting waters: Reflections from a critical anti-racist teacher educator. In J. Kitchen and L. Fitzgerald, & D. Tidwell (Eds.), Self-study and diversity III: Inclusivity and diversity in teacher education (pp. 210-235). Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004505216_011

Taylor, L. (2022). Education, covid-19, and the Canadian context: Meeting the needs of vulnerable students. In K. Tsujino (Ed.), School after COVID-19: Students, parents and teachers
in Japan and in the world. [Translated into Japanese].

Taylor, L. (2021). ‘I will treat all my students with respect’: The limits to good intentions. In C. James (Ed.), Colour matters: The experiences, education and aspirations of black youth (pp. 309-314). University of Toronto Press.

Kitchen, J. & Taylor, L. (2020). Preparing preservice teachers for social justice teaching: Designing and implementing effective interventions in teacher education. In C. Mullen (Ed.), Handbook of social justice interventions in education. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29553-0_70-1

Tilley, S. & Taylor, L. (2018). Qualitative methods and respectful praxis: Researching with youth. The Qualitative Report 23(9), 2184-2204

Taylor, L. (2017). Race, color and family: Exploring possibilities of school engagement. In C. Monroe (Ed.), Race and colorism in education (pp. 181-192). Routledge Research in Educational Equality and Diversity series.

Taylor, L. & James, C. (2015). Living up to expectations: 1.5 and 2nd generation immigrant students’ pursuit of university education. In G. Man and R. Cohen (Eds.), Engendering transnational voices: Studies in family, work, and identity (pp. 175-192). Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Taylor, L. (2014). Engaging teacher candidates in anti-homophobia discussions: Reflections on caution, care and commitment. In D. Gosse (Ed). LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of pride, courage and social justice in Canada (pp. 36- 42). Breakwater Books.

Mahtani, M.; Kwan-Lafond, D., & Taylor, L. (2014). Exporting Multiculturalism? Canadian Mixed Race Identities and Multicultural Policy. In R. King-O’Riain, S. Small, M. Song, P. Spickard & M. Mahtani (Eds). Global Mixed Race (pp.238- 262). New York University Press.

Mohan, E., Taylor, L., Venzant Chambers, T. T., Calore, J. (2013). Advancing educational leadership: Learning from multiracial literature. In L. Tillman & J. J. Scheurich (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity (pp. 227-247). Routledge.

James, C. & Taylor, L. (2013). “Talk to students about what’s really going on”: Researching the experiences of marginalized youth. In T. Kress, C. Malott and B. Porfilio (Eds.). Challenging Status Quo Retrenchment: New Directions in Critical Qualitative Research (pp. 147-167). Information Age Publishing.

McNeil, D. & Taylor, L. (2013). Radical love: A transatlantic dialogue about race and mixed race. The Asian American Literary Review. 4 (2), 15-26.

Taylor, L. (2012). A conversation with a Chinese ‘yardie’ about life as a Jamaican Canadian. In C. James and A. Davis (Eds.), Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Presence (pp. 191-207). Fernwood.

Cho, C. & Taylor, L. (2012). Re/mediating social justice education: Using on-line digital animation software to foster pre-service student engagement with equity issues. In S. Van Nuland & J. Greenlaw & (Eds.), Social Media and Teacher Learning (pp. 25-36). University of Ontario Institute of Technology E- Press.

James, C & Taylor, L. (2008a). Education will get you to the station: Marginalized students’ experiences and perceptions of merit in accessing university, Canadian Journal of Education. 31(3), pp. 567-590.

James, C. & Taylor, L. (2008b). Beating the odds and making their way in university: The case of three females of immigrant parents, Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. 39(2), pp. 221-244.

Taylor, L.; James, C.; & Saul, R. (2007). Who belongs: Exploring race and racialization  in Canada. In G. Fuji Johnson and R. Enomoto (Eds.), Race, Racialization and Antiracism in Canada and Beyond (pp. 151-178). University of Toronto Press.

Taylor, L. (2000). Black, white, beige, other? Memories of growing up different. In C.E. James (Ed.), Experiencing Difference (pp. 59-70). Fernwood Publishing.

  • EDUC 2P65: Teaching for change: Equity, diversity and inclusion in education
  • EDUC 5P00: Social justice, power and politics in education
  • EDUC 5P01: Introduction to social and cultural contexts in education: Developing a critical language
  • EDUC 5P11: Culture, identity and pedagogy: Advancing a lived curriculum
  • EDUC 5P17: Theoretical orientations in sociology and equity studies in education
  • EDUC 5Q97: culminating seminar in educational studies
  • EDBE 8P78: Equity, diversity and inclusion in Intermediate/Senior education