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Doreen Fumia

Dr. Doreen Fumia

Professor Emeritus
EducationPhD (University of Toronto, Sociology and Equity Studies)

Areas of Expertise:

anti-poverty organizing; precarious employment; lesbians & aging; equity in education


Dr. Fumia’s career was notable for her commitment to combining her scholarship with her activism. She taught, conducted research and was active in community organizing in pursuit of equity issues. As a long-time Co-chair of the community council at the Triangle Program, a TDSB publicly funded school program for LGBTT2SQ+, the former Jack Layton Chair (Ryerson), the RFA Equity Issues Chair and VP internal and the Co-Chair on the Equity Committee at the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Dr. Fumia worked to make education a more diverse and hospitable experience for students, staff and faculty. Her recent research projects include using photography (photovoice) as a way to tell stories of aging lesbians and those living in rural communities.

Selected Publications:

Fumia, D. 2014. “Intellectual Debates, Testimonials, and Changing Social Values: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada” in Canadian Families (pp. 208-226), edited by D. Cheal and P. Albanese. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Fumia, D. 2012. “Desiring and Doing Equity: The Triangle Program for LGBTIQ2S” in PDF fileBeyond the Queer Alphabet: Conversations on Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality, opens in new window, edited by M. Smith and F. Jaffer. Teaching Equity Matters e-book series.

Fumia, D. 2012. LGBT Women and Aging. G-Scene Magazine (Brighton, UK).

Fumia, D. 2011. Filling the Gaps Through Story telling: Human Geography and Social Belonging., external link, opens in new window Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Project Newsletter 3(1).

Fumia, D. 2011. “Lesbians” in Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, external link, edited by M. Zeiss Stange, C.K. Oyster and J.E. Sloan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fumia, D. 2009. Divides, High Rise and Boundaries: A Study of Toronto's Downtown East Side Neighbourhood., external link Ethnologies 32(2): 257-289.

Fumia, D. 2009. “’I Do’ Belong in Canada: Same Sex Relationships and Marriage” in Canadian Families Today, 2nd ed. (pp. 167- 182), edited by D. Cheal. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Fumia, D. 2009. “Lesbian Mothering” in Encyclopedia of Motherhood, external link, edited by A. O’Reilly. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bhandar, D., D. Fumia and Z. Newman (eds.). 2008. Special Issue: Decolonizing Spaces. Resources for Feminist Research/Documentation sur la Recherché, Volume 33(1/2). 

Dehli, K. and D. Fumia. 2008. “Teachers’ Informal Learning, Identity and Education ‘Reform’, external link” in Learning through Community: Exploring Participatory Practices (pp. 143-168), edited by K. Church, N. Bascia and E. Shragge. Dordrecht, NL: Springer.