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Rebick, Judy

Rebick, Judy





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From 2002 until 2010, Judy Rebick held the Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, having been appointed to it upon its creation.  The Chair – hosted jointly by the Department of Politics and Public Administration (Faculty of Arts), and the School of Social Work (Faculty of Community Services) – was made possible by a generous donation by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) – now Unifor – which wished to honour its long-time and influential policy analyst, Sam Gindin, by creating a hub of interaction between academics and social justice activists.  

In addition to her duties as the Gindin Chair, Judy was, for many years, the publisher of, Canada’s most popular independent news site. She is a long time activist in the women’s and social justice movements.

After leaving the Gindin Chair, Judy developed and taught an intensive mode version of POL601: Social Movements that Change the World.

Selected Publications:

  • Heroes in My Head, Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2018.
  • “Ethiopian PM questionable; G-whiz, summits keep on growing,” Toronto Star editorial, 20 June 2010, A12.
  • Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, Toronto: Penguin Group, 2009.
  • “Here’s a modest proposal: Grit-NDP-Green-Bloc accord,” Globe and Mail, 08 October 2008, A17.
  • “Another U.S. is Starting to Happen.” In World Social Forum: Challenging Empires, ed. Jai Sen and Peter Waterman, 304-314.  Montréal: Black Rose Books, 2008.
  • “Barack Obama is ‘our sister’s keeper’,” Globe and Mail, 04 February 2008, A13.
  • “20 years, 3 books, and 1 hero,”  Globe and Mail, 26 January 2008, D15.
  • “Celebrating a Victory for Women,” National Post, 26 January 2008, A22.
  • “Twenty years of freedom of choice,”, 26 January 2008.
  • “The Future of Feminism.” In Gendering the Nation State, ed. Yasmeen Abu-Laban. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006 (in press).
  • “Rebellion and Resistance.” In Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle , ed. Marjorie Anderson, 123.135. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2006.
  • Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution. Toronto: Penguin, 2005.
  • “The Political Impact of the Charter.” Supreme Court Law Review, Second Series 29 (2005): 85-91.
  • “The Next Challenge for Multiculturalism and Feminism: Participatory Democracy.” In Canadian Multiculturalism: Dreams, Realities, Expectations, ed. Mathew Zachariah, et. al. Edmonton: Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation, 2004.
  • “Inclusion and the Academy: Debating a Good Idea Freely.” In Academic Freedom and the Inclusive University, ed. Sharon E. Kahn and Dennis Pavlich. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2000.
  • “Democracy: What a Concept.” Journal of Canadian Studies 35:1 (Spring 2000): 115-124.
  • Imagine Democracy. Toronto: Stoddart, 2000.
  • Politically Speaking (with Kiké Roach). Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1996.

Spoken Languages:

English, French