Merle Jacobs

Department of Equity Studies

Associate Professor

Office: Atkinson College, 426
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 44012
Emailmerlej@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.merleajacobs.com

Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

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Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

Degrees

PhD Sociology, York University
MA Sociology, York University
BA Sociology (Hon), York University

Professional Leadership

2011-12 Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Equity Studies 2010- 12 Chair, Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 2010-11 Coordinator Human Rights and Equity Degree 2010-11 Coordinator Race Ethnicity and Indiginaty Degree 2009 Associate Professor, Department of Equity Studies 2009-11 Coordinator Social Science Degree

Community Contributions

2013- Member and BOD - Canadian Friends of Burma 2010- 2012 Member, Central LIHN IHSP Health Equity Advisory Network 2007- 09 Chair, The Marcus Garvey Centre for Leadership and Education 2008 Governance Committee, York Central Hospital 2006 Quality and Performance management Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - 06 Community member, Strategic Planning Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - Director, Oasis Outreach Centre 2004 - Director, Immigrant Community Development Agency

Research Interests

Health , Sociology , women, political economy

Current Research Projects


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Junior Faculty Fund

All Publications

Books

Women's Work:Racism Revisited. APF Press

Visano, L. A & Merle Jacobs. Social justice and human rights: inequalities relating to health status. APF Press

Visano, L. A & Merle Jacobs. Social justice and human rights: inequalities relating to health status. APF Press

Social Dislocation, Trauma, and The Lived Experience. (Ed) Toronto: APF Press

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications. ( Second Edition - forthcoming June)

Women’s Work: Racism and Trauma. Toronto: APF Press (pages 164)

Critical Reading in Health (Ed) Toronto: APF Press.

The Cappuccino Principle: Health, Culture and Social Justice in the Workplace. Ontario: de Sitter Publication (pages 231)

Justice Health and Culture (Ed) Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global (Ed) Ontario: Thomson Nelson.

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Sociology: Families and Social Change. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Intersections: Readings in Sociology. Customized Reader Canada: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Is Anyone Listening?: Women, Work, and Society (Ed)Toronto: Women’s Press.

Book Chapters

Understanding Bureaucracies in Canadian Society: Global Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. McCauley. Ontario, de Sitter Publications

Equity and Work in The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario, de Sitter Publications

Disordered Eating: Culture Matters. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 183-212) . Toronto: APF Press.

Race is a determent of health. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Justice, Health and Culture. (pp 36 – 46) . Ontario:Thomson Nelson.

Nursing, A Pink Collar Ghetto? From Semi-Professional to Professional. In Merle Jacobs & Stephen Bosanac (Eds) ‘The Professionalization of Work.’ (pp 123-143). Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

Social Determinants of Health: A roadmap to Social Justice. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. (pp 235-252) . Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Creating Understanding from Research: Staff Nurses’ Views on Collegiality. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘Is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 295-314). Toronto:Women’s Press.

Undertaking Advocacy. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 336-344). Toronto: Women’s Press

Race is a determent of Health in Canada. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 49-72) . Toronto: APF Press.

Research Reports

Implementing Accountability For Equity And Ending Racial Backlash (Eds) Hagey, R., Jacobs. M., Turrittin J., Prudy, M., Lee, Ruth., Cooper Brathwaite A., & Marianne Chandler. Toronto: Canadian Race Relation Foundation.

Approach To Teaching

I teach because I believe that education above all else is the means to creating equality of conditions and opportunity. In a classroom, there is an unequal distribution of power. Students who believe they have little influence are unlikely to feel committed. This dissatisfaction can decrease participation. With this in mind, I encourage students to ask questions and challenge what they hear. I encourage analytical discourse, self-reflection, and dialogue based on knowledge

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2017 AP/HREQ3962 3.0  Trauma, Social Dislocation and Human Rights LECT  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/HREQ1930 6.0  Health and Equity LECT  


Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada


Employment equity for racial minorities and aboriginal people: including Social Justice, Setup and Backlash, Nursing and collegiality Vicarious trauma when working in helping professions; race as a category Burmese refugees in Toronto: Trauma in ethnic women, social justice and human rights, relocation, and ties with Burma/ related activist groups in Canada

Degrees

PhD Sociology, York University
MA Sociology, York University
BA Sociology (Hon), York University

Professional Leadership

2011-12 Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Equity Studies 2010- 12 Chair, Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 2010-11 Coordinator Human Rights and Equity Degree 2010-11 Coordinator Race Ethnicity and Indiginaty Degree 2009 Associate Professor, Department of Equity Studies 2009-11 Coordinator Social Science Degree

Community Contributions

2013- Member and BOD - Canadian Friends of Burma 2010- 2012 Member, Central LIHN IHSP Health Equity Advisory Network 2007- 09 Chair, The Marcus Garvey Centre for Leadership and Education 2008 Governance Committee, York Central Hospital 2006 Quality and Performance management Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - 06 Community member, Strategic Planning Committee. York Central Hospital 2004 - Director, Oasis Outreach Centre 2004 - Director, Immigrant Community Development Agency

Research Interests:

Health , Sociology , women, political economy

Current Research Projects


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Junior Faculty Fund

All Publications

Books

Women's Work:Racism Revisited. APF Press

Visano, L. A & Merle Jacobs. Social justice and human rights: inequalities relating to health status. APF Press

Visano, L. A & Merle Jacobs. Social justice and human rights: inequalities relating to health status. APF Press

Social Dislocation, Trauma, and The Lived Experience. (Ed) Toronto: APF Press

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications. ( Second Edition - forthcoming June)

Women’s Work: Racism and Trauma. Toronto: APF Press (pages 164)

Critical Reading in Health (Ed) Toronto: APF Press.

The Cappuccino Principle: Health, Culture and Social Justice in the Workplace. Ontario: de Sitter Publication (pages 231)

Justice Health and Culture (Ed) Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global (Ed) Ontario: Thomson Nelson.

The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Sociology: Families and Social Change. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Intersections: Readings in Sociology. Customized Reader Canada: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Is Anyone Listening?: Women, Work, and Society (Ed)Toronto: Women’s Press.

Book Chapters

Understanding Bureaucracies in Canadian Society: Global Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. McCauley. Ontario, de Sitter Publications

Equity and Work in The Professionalization of Work (Eds) with Stephen Bosanac .Ontario, de Sitter Publications

Disordered Eating: Culture Matters. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 183-212) . Toronto: APF Press.

Race is a determent of health. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Justice, Health and Culture. (pp 36 – 46) . Ontario:Thomson Nelson.

Nursing, A Pink Collar Ghetto? From Semi-Professional to Professional. In Merle Jacobs & Stephen Bosanac (Eds) ‘The Professionalization of Work.’ (pp 123-143). Ontario: de Sitter Publications.

Social Determinants of Health: A roadmap to Social Justice. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) A Reader in Social Justice: Local and Global. (pp 235-252) . Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Creating Understanding from Research: Staff Nurses’ Views on Collegiality. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘Is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 295-314). Toronto:Women’s Press.

Undertaking Advocacy. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) ‘is anyone listening? Women, Work and Society.’ (pp 336-344). Toronto: Women’s Press

Race is a determent of Health in Canada. In Merle Jacobs (Ed) Critical Readings in Health. (pp 49-72) . Toronto: APF Press.

Research Reports

Implementing Accountability For Equity And Ending Racial Backlash (Eds) Hagey, R., Jacobs. M., Turrittin J., Prudy, M., Lee, Ruth., Cooper Brathwaite A., & Marianne Chandler. Toronto: Canadian Race Relation Foundation.


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
I teach because I believe that education above all else is the means to creating equality of conditions and opportunity. In a classroom, there is an unequal distribution of power. Students who believe they have little influence are unlikely to feel committed. This dissatisfaction can decrease participation. With this in mind, I encourage students to ask questions and challenge what they hear. I encourage analytical discourse, self-reflection, and dialogue based on knowledge


Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2017 AP/HREQ3962 3.0  Trauma, Social Dislocation and Human Rights LECT  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/HREQ1930 6.0  Health and Equity LECT