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Luann Good Gingrich

School of Social Work

Associate Professor
Deputy Director, Centre for Refugee Studies
 
Office: 850 York Research Tower
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20028
Emailluanngg@yorku.ca
 
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Luann Good Gingrich is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her research focuses on social exclusion/inclusion at the nexus of transnational migration, labour markets, social policy, and human services. She studies the dynamics of social exclusion for groups made differently marginal (including immigrants and refugees, low-value workers in Canada’s temporary visa programs, women migrating alone in Central America, and ethno-culturally distinct populations) toward informed policies and practices of social inclusion. Integrating theory development and empirical research, her work pays special attention to the function of extraordinarily uneven global systems in the ordinary and everyday realities of making a life “on the move”.

Good Gingrich is a member of Transnational Social Support, an international research network, and is on the editorial board for the international journals Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal and the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

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Research Interests

Social Exclusion/Inclusion; Immigration/Migration Studies; Social Policy, Social Welfare and Human Services; Mennonites from Mexico

Selected Publications

Good Gingrich, L. (in press) . “To stay true to what we’ve been taught…" Protecting cultural heritage in the context of migratory livelihoods. International Migration.

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. (2012) . The intersecting dynamics of social exclusion: Age, gender, race and immigrant status in Canada’s labour market. Canadian Ethnic Studies 44(3), 121-145.

Good Gingrich, L. (2011) . Negotiating double binds of in-between: A gendered perspective of formal and informal social supports in transnationality. In A. Chambon, W. Schroer & C. Schweppe (Eds.), Transnational social support (pp. 89-107). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Good Gingrich, L. (2010) . The symbolic economy of trans-border governance: A case study of subjective exclusion and migrant women from Mexico. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 29(1), 161-184.

Good Gingrich, L. & Preibsch, K. (2010) . Migration as preservation and loss: The paradox of transnational living for Low German Mennonite women. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(9), 1499-1518.

Current Research Projects

  • The dynamics of social exclusion and inclusion for immigrants and racialized groups in Canada   more...
  • Theorizing “choice” and voluntary social exclusion: A study of transnational livelihoods and women from Mexico   more...
  • Homemaking across borders: Stories of making a Dietsche life  more...
  • Insights from Canada’s settlement industry: Exploring agency data on temporary residents  more...
  • Women’s work in a border town: A community-based pilot project with Central American migrant women in southern Mexico  more...

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Book Chapters

Good Gingrich, L. (2011) . Negotiating double binds of in-between: A gendered perspective of formal and informal social supports in transnationality. In A. Chambon, W. Schroer & C. Schweppe (Eds.), Transnational social support (pp. 89-107). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Good Gingrich, L. (2003) . Theorizing social exclusion: Determinants, mechanisms, dimensions, forms, and acts of resistance. In W. Shera (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on anti-oppressive practice (pp. 3-23). Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press, Inc./Women’s Press.

Journal Articles

Good Gingrich, L. (in press) . “To stay true to what we’ve been taught…" Protecting cultural heritage in the context of migratory livelihoods. International Migration.

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. (2012) . The intersecting dynamics of social exclusion: Age, gender, race and immigrant status in Canada’s labour market. Canadian Ethnic Studies 44(3), 121-145.

Good Gingrich, L. (2010) . The symbolic economy of trans-border governance: A case study of subjective exclusion and migrant women from Mexico. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 29(1), 161-184.

Good Gingrich, L. & Preibsch, K. (2010) . Migration as preservation and loss: The paradox of transnational living for Low German Mennonite women. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(9), 1499-1518.

Good Gingrich, L. (2010) . Single mothers, work(fare), and managed precariousness. Journal of Progressive Human Services 21(2), 107-135.

Good Gingrich, L. (2008) . Social exclusion and double jeopardy – The management of lone mothers in the market-state social field. Social Policy and Administration, 42, 379-395.

Good Gingrich, L. & Lightman, E. (2006) . Striving toward self-sufficiency: A qualitative study of mutual aid in an Old Order Mennonite community. Family Relations, 55, 175-189.

Good Gingrich, L. & Lightman, E. (2004) . Mediating communities and cultures: A case study of informal helpers in an Old Order Mennonite community. Families in Society, 85(4), 511-520.

Good Gingrich, L. (2003) . Social exclusion as an individual kind – A categorical point of view. Canadian Review of Social Policy, Fall/Winter 52, 93-115.

Good Gingrich, L. (2003) . Constructing identity and drawing lines: The textual work of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act. Journal of Canadian Studies, 37 (4), 151-170.

Conference Papers

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. March 2012. The intersecting dynamics of social exclusion: Age, gender, race and immigrant status in Canada’s labour force. The 14th National Metropolis Conference. Toronto, Ontario.

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. October 2012. Applying an Economic Exclusion Index: Trends and dynamics for immigrants and racialized groups in Canada. Canadian Research Data Centre Network Conference. Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Good Gingrich, L. October 2010. “Choice,” social inclusion, and transnational livelihoods. Latin American Studies Association Confernece. Toronto, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. June 2009. Social exclusion, trans-border regulation, and migrant women from Mexico. 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM 12). University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Kimber, M. & Good Gingrich, L. October 2009. Localizing crime and mental illness in a global agenda: Policy analysis for practical change. 15th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. Vancouver, British Columbia.

Good Gingrich, L. May 2009. Redefining and defending family in transnationality. German-Canadian Symposium on Transnational Social Support. University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2008. Double jeopardy, social exclusion, and lone mothers in the market-state social field. Panel entitled “Approaches to Economic Security in Canada: Challenges, Possibilities, and Strategies”. Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network. Quinn Business School in University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2008. Double jeopardy, social exclusion, and lone mothers in the market-state social field. Panel entitled “Approaches to Economic Security in Canada: Challenges, Possibilities, and Strategies”. Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network. Quinn Business School in University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Good Gingrich, L. March, 2008. The management of lone mothers – Workfare, precarious lives, and double jeopardy. Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, Missouri.

Good Gingrich, L. & Preibisch, K. November, 2007. Women entredeux the sacred and the secular. “Women, religion, and development”, Conference of the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. November, 2006. The commodification of human rights. Conference of the American Public Health Association. Boston, MA.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2006. Migration, fieldwork, and survival. International Association for the Study of Forced Migration 10th Biennial Conference. York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. May, 2006. Forced migration, confrontation, and women’s work. Conference on Women, Immigration, Transnational Migration and Public Policy sponsored by the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies for the Maritimes and the Feminist Public Policy Project. Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Good Gingrich, L. October, 2005. Contradiction, confrontation, and meanings of work. 10th International Karl Polanyi Conference, Social Policy Forum sponsored by the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy. Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2005. Acculturating social inclusion. Multicultural Days – An International Perspective. Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. February, 2005. Women’s work. Conference of the Association for Research on Mothering. York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2003. Common sense and symbolic violence: The empirical study of social exclusion. Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work at the Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2003. Social exclusion – Kind or process? Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. October, 2003. Informal helping networks in the Old Order Mennonite community. “Diversity Matters” Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. May, 2002. Theorizing social exclusion: Determinants, mechanisms, dimensions, forms, and acts of resistance. Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work at the Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

Book Reviews

Good Gingrich, L. (2008) . Research as resistance – Critical, indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches, by Leslie Brown and Susan Strega (Eds.). Social Work Education, 27 (1), 115-116.

Research Reports

Good Gingrich, L. and Snyder, P. (1997) . A mother’s garden – Planting seeds of hope. A learning resource. A Peer Nutrition Workers’ Training Manual. Published by Oracle Design Group, Waterloo, Ontario.

Public Lectures

May 2010. Guest lecture: Gender, social exclusion, and transborder regulation. Social Policy Research Centre, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

May 2010. Women’s care work: The feminization, criminalization, and commodification of forced migration. 2010 International Symposium on Transnational Organization of Care. National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.

January 2009. Women and migration: Reflections on a learning tour with Mennonite Central Committee. Presentation for the Plautdietsch (Low German) radio station De Brigj, Aylmer, Ontario.

January, 2008. Women entredeux the sacred and the secular: A consideration of gender, religion and transnational livelihoods. Social Work Brown Bag Research Seminar, School of Social Work, York University.

June, 2008. (With K. Preibisch and M. Peters.) Understanding the effects of migration on Low German Mennonite women and their families. Annual Networking Day for Professional Service Providers of Low German Mennonite Families, Aylmer, Ontario.

April, 2007. The management of lone mothers – Precarious work, commodified meaning, and “fighting back”. Social Work Annual Research Symposium. York University, Toronto, Ontario.

June, 2006. Understanding expressions of self-imposed social exclusion. Annual Networking Day for Professional Service Providers of Low German Families, Aylmer, Ontario.

June, 2004. Social exclusion of Low German families: Theory and its realities.


Luann Good Gingrich is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her research focuses on social exclusion/inclusion at the nexus of transnational migration, labour markets, social policy, and human services. She studies the dynamics of social exclusion for groups made differently marginal (including immigrants and refugees, low-value workers in Canada’s temporary visa programs, women migrating alone in Central America, and ethno-culturally distinct populations) toward informed policies and practices of social inclusion. Integrating theory development and empirical research, her work pays special attention to the function of extraordinarily uneven global systems in the ordinary and everyday realities of making a life “on the move”.

Good Gingrich is a member of Transnational Social Support, an international research network, and is on the editorial board for the international journals Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal and the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.


Good Gingrich's research interests and teaching expertise include:

  • The analysis of social dynamics defined by migration, gender, religion, ethnicity, race, and wealth on the nature and dimensions of social inclusion
  • Formal and informal processes of social division and social support in transnational – even supra-national – social environments
  • The paradoxes of voluntary social exclusion, “choice”, and social inclusion in contexts of migratory livelihoods
  • “Women’s work” in globalized, polarized, de-socialized, racialised and feminized labour markets
  • Emerging forms of diaspora, particularly for Dietsche Mennonites from Latin America
  • The intersections between ideas, material realities and subjective experience of policy systems and social programs

Area of Specialization

Social Policy, Social Services, and Social Work; Transnational/Migration Studies


Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor of Science, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Eastern Mennonite University


Research Interests:

Social Exclusion/Inclusion; Immigration/Migration Studies; Social Policy, Social Welfare and Human Services; Mennonites from Mexico

Current Research Projects

  • The dynamics of social exclusion and inclusion for immigrants and racialized groups in Canada
    Summary: 
    SSHRC – Immigration and the Metropolis Program

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

  • Theorizing “choice” and voluntary social exclusion: A study of transnational livelihoods and women from Mexico
    Summary: 
    SSHRC - Standard Research Grant

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

  • Homemaking across borders: Stories of making a Dietsche life
    Summary: 
    D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

  • Insights from Canada’s settlement industry: Exploring agency data on temporary residents
    Summary: 
    SSHRC – Insight Development Grant

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-Investigator

  • Women’s work in a border town: A community-based pilot project with Central American migrant women in southern Mexico
    Summary: 
    LA&PS Seed Grant for International Collaborations

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Good Gingrich, L. (in press) . “To stay true to what we’ve been taught…" Protecting cultural heritage in the context of migratory livelihoods. International Migration.

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. (2012) . The intersecting dynamics of social exclusion: Age, gender, race and immigrant status in Canada’s labour market. Canadian Ethnic Studies 44(3), 121-145.

Good Gingrich, L. (2011) . Negotiating double binds of in-between: A gendered perspective of formal and informal social supports in transnationality. In A. Chambon, W. Schroer & C. Schweppe (Eds.), Transnational social support (pp. 89-107). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Good Gingrich, L. (2010) . The symbolic economy of trans-border governance: A case study of subjective exclusion and migrant women from Mexico. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 29(1), 161-184.

Good Gingrich, L. & Preibsch, K. (2010) . Migration as preservation and loss: The paradox of transnational living for Low German Mennonite women. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(9), 1499-1518.

All Publications

Book Chapters

Good Gingrich, L. (2011) . Negotiating double binds of in-between: A gendered perspective of formal and informal social supports in transnationality. In A. Chambon, W. Schroer & C. Schweppe (Eds.), Transnational social support (pp. 89-107). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Good Gingrich, L. (2003) . Theorizing social exclusion: Determinants, mechanisms, dimensions, forms, and acts of resistance. In W. Shera (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on anti-oppressive practice (pp. 3-23). Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press, Inc./Women’s Press.

Journal Articles

Good Gingrich, L. (in press) . “To stay true to what we’ve been taught…" Protecting cultural heritage in the context of migratory livelihoods. International Migration.

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. (2012) . The intersecting dynamics of social exclusion: Age, gender, race and immigrant status in Canada’s labour market. Canadian Ethnic Studies 44(3), 121-145.

Good Gingrich, L. (2010) . The symbolic economy of trans-border governance: A case study of subjective exclusion and migrant women from Mexico. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 29(1), 161-184.

Good Gingrich, L. & Preibsch, K. (2010) . Migration as preservation and loss: The paradox of transnational living for Low German Mennonite women. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(9), 1499-1518.

Good Gingrich, L. (2010) . Single mothers, work(fare), and managed precariousness. Journal of Progressive Human Services 21(2), 107-135.

Good Gingrich, L. (2008) . Social exclusion and double jeopardy – The management of lone mothers in the market-state social field. Social Policy and Administration, 42, 379-395.

Good Gingrich, L. & Lightman, E. (2006) . Striving toward self-sufficiency: A qualitative study of mutual aid in an Old Order Mennonite community. Family Relations, 55, 175-189.

Good Gingrich, L. & Lightman, E. (2004) . Mediating communities and cultures: A case study of informal helpers in an Old Order Mennonite community. Families in Society, 85(4), 511-520.

Good Gingrich, L. (2003) . Social exclusion as an individual kind – A categorical point of view. Canadian Review of Social Policy, Fall/Winter 52, 93-115.

Good Gingrich, L. (2003) . Constructing identity and drawing lines: The textual work of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act. Journal of Canadian Studies, 37 (4), 151-170.

Conference Papers

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. March 2012. The intersecting dynamics of social exclusion: Age, gender, race and immigrant status in Canada’s labour force. The 14th National Metropolis Conference. Toronto, Ontario.

Lightman, N. & Good Gingrich, L. October 2012. Applying an Economic Exclusion Index: Trends and dynamics for immigrants and racialized groups in Canada. Canadian Research Data Centre Network Conference. Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Good Gingrich, L. October 2010. “Choice,” social inclusion, and transnational livelihoods. Latin American Studies Association Confernece. Toronto, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. June 2009. Social exclusion, trans-border regulation, and migrant women from Mexico. 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM 12). University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Kimber, M. & Good Gingrich, L. October 2009. Localizing crime and mental illness in a global agenda: Policy analysis for practical change. 15th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. Vancouver, British Columbia.

Good Gingrich, L. May 2009. Redefining and defending family in transnationality. German-Canadian Symposium on Transnational Social Support. University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2008. Double jeopardy, social exclusion, and lone mothers in the market-state social field. Panel entitled “Approaches to Economic Security in Canada: Challenges, Possibilities, and Strategies”. Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network. Quinn Business School in University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2008. Double jeopardy, social exclusion, and lone mothers in the market-state social field. Panel entitled “Approaches to Economic Security in Canada: Challenges, Possibilities, and Strategies”. Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network. Quinn Business School in University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Good Gingrich, L. March, 2008. The management of lone mothers – Workfare, precarious lives, and double jeopardy. Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, Missouri.

Good Gingrich, L. & Preibisch, K. November, 2007. Women entredeux the sacred and the secular. “Women, religion, and development”, Conference of the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. November, 2006. The commodification of human rights. Conference of the American Public Health Association. Boston, MA.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2006. Migration, fieldwork, and survival. International Association for the Study of Forced Migration 10th Biennial Conference. York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. May, 2006. Forced migration, confrontation, and women’s work. Conference on Women, Immigration, Transnational Migration and Public Policy sponsored by the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies for the Maritimes and the Feminist Public Policy Project. Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Good Gingrich, L. October, 2005. Contradiction, confrontation, and meanings of work. 10th International Karl Polanyi Conference, Social Policy Forum sponsored by the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy. Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2005. Acculturating social inclusion. Multicultural Days – An International Perspective. Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. February, 2005. Women’s work. Conference of the Association for Research on Mothering. York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2003. Common sense and symbolic violence: The empirical study of social exclusion. Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work at the Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Good Gingrich, L. June, 2003. Social exclusion – Kind or process? Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. October, 2003. Informal helping networks in the Old Order Mennonite community. “Diversity Matters” Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

Good Gingrich, L. May, 2002. Theorizing social exclusion: Determinants, mechanisms, dimensions, forms, and acts of resistance. Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work at the Congress of Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

Book Reviews

Good Gingrich, L. (2008) . Research as resistance – Critical, indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches, by Leslie Brown and Susan Strega (Eds.). Social Work Education, 27 (1), 115-116.

Research Reports

Good Gingrich, L. and Snyder, P. (1997) . A mother’s garden – Planting seeds of hope. A learning resource. A Peer Nutrition Workers’ Training Manual. Published by Oracle Design Group, Waterloo, Ontario.

Public Lectures

May 2010. Guest lecture: Gender, social exclusion, and transborder regulation. Social Policy Research Centre, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

May 2010. Women’s care work: The feminization, criminalization, and commodification of forced migration. 2010 International Symposium on Transnational Organization of Care. National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.

January 2009. Women and migration: Reflections on a learning tour with Mennonite Central Committee. Presentation for the Plautdietsch (Low German) radio station De Brigj, Aylmer, Ontario.

January, 2008. Women entredeux the sacred and the secular: A consideration of gender, religion and transnational livelihoods. Social Work Brown Bag Research Seminar, School of Social Work, York University.

June, 2008. (With K. Preibisch and M. Peters.) Understanding the effects of migration on Low German Mennonite women and their families. Annual Networking Day for Professional Service Providers of Low German Mennonite Families, Aylmer, Ontario.

April, 2007. The management of lone mothers – Precarious work, commodified meaning, and “fighting back”. Social Work Annual Research Symposium. York University, Toronto, Ontario.

June, 2006. Understanding expressions of self-imposed social exclusion. Annual Networking Day for Professional Service Providers of Low German Families, Aylmer, Ontario.

June, 2004. Social exclusion of Low German families: Theory and its realities.