Cynthia Levine-Rasky, PhD
What does a sociologist do?
A lot of things. As a university professor, I teach undergraduate students, write books and articles, give presentations, supervise graduate students, and do various administrative tasks. But my dedication to community work has taken me well beyond these activities. I have organized events, written grant applications, attended protests, and advocated on behalf of vulnerable people.
Of all of my activities, one of the most gratifying is writing because writing, as part of a research process, is an act of endless learning. I do not restrict myself to academic writing, although in my job, scholarly output has to be sustained and intense. Apart from that, I have published in magazines and newspapers, and intend on doing more of that over time. I seem to derive more pride from my writing for general readers than I do from writing for other academics.
In addition to the pleasures of writing, I have discovered the rewards of community-engaged research. In 2011, I became involved in what is sometimes called 'community-based qualitative research.' I hope to continue in that direction for the rest of my professional career, and beyond.
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Refugees now, settlers then: A history of the Roma in Canada. In press for 2017. Canada’s History Magazine.
I successfully nominated Ronald Lee for an Honorary LLD at Queen’s University, for fall convocation in 2013. Prof. Julianna Beaudoin was my co-signatory.
As a research consultant to the following lawyers and law firms, I have provided research and opinion reports relating to country conditions for Romani refugee claimants.