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Rai Reece

Dr. Rai Reece

Assistant Professor
EducationHonours BA (York University), MES (York University), PhD (York University, Women’s Studies)
Phone416-979-5000 x556154

Areas of Expertise:

Canadian Black feminism; critical race theory; anti-Black racism, punishment &  misogynoir; critical feminist criminology; community-based ethnography; prison health; equity as social praxis; abolition & activism


Dr. Rai Reece is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist. Her work examines how carceral processes in Canada are organized and maintained by historical and contemporary narratives and practices of colonial violence specific to anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. More broadly, her work explores the intersection of punishment and misogynoir as legally and socially enacted via governance and white settler capitalism. A central feature of her work explores how community-based ethnographic pedagogy can be a tool for social activism and the limitations to that praxis. She received the '100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women' Award in 2020 and the Humber College Research Excellence Award in 2018.

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Recent Publications:

Reece, R. Under review. A Reflection on Racial Injustice and (Black) Anticipatory Grief Compounded by COVID-19. The Journal of Concurrent Disorders.

Reece, R. and J. Moritz. Forthcoming. One Seed at a Time: Evaluating the Impact of the Horticulture Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program on the Lives of Incarcerated Women. Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education.

Knight, M., R.N. Ferguson and R. Reece. 2021. “It’s Not Just about Work and Living Conditions”: The Underestimation of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Black Canadian Women. (external link, opens in new window)  Social Sciences 10: 210.

Reece, R. 2020.  (PDF file) Carceral Redlining: White Supremacy is a Weapon of Mass Incarceration for Indigenous and Black Peoples in Canada (external link)  (Policy Brief, Issue 68). Toronto: Yellowhead Institute. 

Gillies, K, E. Lam, T. Law, R. Reece, A. Sterling and E. van der Meulen. 2019. “Understanding the Work in Sex Work: Canadian Contexts” in Working Women in Canada: An Intersectional Approach (external link)  (pp. 359-379), edited by L. Nichols. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

van der Meulen, E., R. Reece and S. Ka Hon Chu. 2018. Building Dialogue on Prison Health: Improving Access to Harm Reduction in Federal Prisons. (external link)  Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 60(3): 299-313.

van der Meulen, E., R. Reece, and S. Ka Hon Chu. 2018. Rebuttal to the Correctional Service of Canada’s Response. (external link)  Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 60(3): 318-320.

Reece, R. 2016. “Gendering Justice: Exploring Community-based Options for Women and Girls” in Diversity, Justice, and Community: The Canadian Context (external link)  (pp. 229-247), edited by B. Daniel. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.