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Faculty of Community Services

Ken Moffatt


BES (Planning), MSW, PhD


416-979-5000, ext. 6215

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Ken Moffatt is the editor of Troubled Masculinities; Reimaging Urban Men published by University of Toronto Press in 2012. Troubled Masculinities explores the gender construction of marginalized men through text and art.

He is also the author of University of Toronto Press imprint, A Poetics of Social Work that explores the roots of social work epistemology during the development of the profession in 1920s-1930s with particular emphasis on the limiting influence of technological and scientific thought.

Moffatt is the principal investigator for the current SSHRC-funded project, Unsettling the Classroom: Social Work Education in the Context of New Managerialism.

He is currently working on a manuscript about reflective practice and postmodern thought in the social work classroom.

He is interested in cultural studies, postmodern theory, reflective practice community practice, gender studies as well as symbol creation and meaning making in the context of global neo-liberalism.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Poststructuralism and practice.
  • Cultural studies and social welfare.
  • Reflexivity and subjectivity.
  • The nature of community practice in a local and global context.

Research projects:

  • Project: Unsettling the classroom: Social work education in the context of new managerialism.
  • Year: 2015.
  • Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Funding received: $136,482.
  • Funded by: SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Current Courses:

  • SK 8101: Critical Perspectives on Marginalization
  • SWP 335: Power, Resistance and Change
  • SWP 31: Social Work Practice

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed publications


  • Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Todd, S., Panitch, M., Parada, H. (2017). Academic Leadership in the Context of Neo-liberalism: The Practice of Social Work Directors. Canadian Social Work Review. 34(1).
  • Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Aslett, J. (2016). ‘Essential Cogs in the Innovation Machine’: The Discourse of Innovation in Ontario Educational Reform. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. 38(4)317-340.    
  • Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., Mucina, M. & Williams D. (2015). Performativity Culture in Universities: Social Work Fabrications. British Journal of Social Work, 45(2), 511-526.
  • McGrath, S., Moffatt, K., George, U., Lee, B. and Lagios, A. (2012). Disciplining Community Agencies: The Pressure to Partner. Canadian Social Work Review. 29 (1). 5-23.
  • Moffatt. K., Carranza, M., Lee, B., McGrath, S., George, U. (2012). Collective Trauma as a Personal/ Social Concern for Persons within Marginalized Communities. The International Journal of Community Diversity. 12 (4), 61-80.
  • Moffatt, K. and Todd, S. (2011). Introduction to Forum on Gender and Sexualities. Canadian Social Work Review 28(1).


  • Moffatt, K. (Ed.). (2012). Troubled Masculinities, Redefining Urban Men. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Parada, H., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K. and Homan, M. (2011). Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World (First Canadian Edition). Toronto: Nelson Education.

Book chapters:

  • McGrath, S., Lee, B., Moffatt, K., Carranza, M., Lagios, A. (2015). Collective Trauma as a Personal /Social Concern for LGBTTSQ persons. In by B. O’Neill, T. Swan and N Mule (eds.). LGBTQ People and Social Work: Intersectional Perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. 213-232.
  • Wehbi, W., Preston, S., and Moffatt. K. (2015). Introducing art Into the social work classroom: tensions and possibilities In J. Gingras, P Robinson, J., Waddell & J. Cooper (Eds.) Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (In Press).
  • Moffatt, K. (2012). “Dancing without a floor: The artists’ politic of queer club space” In Troubled Masculinities: Redefining Urban Men. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, edited by K. Moffatt.
  • Moffatt, K. (2012). ‘Instruction in the Art of the Masculine, the Art of Daryl Vocat’. In Troubled Masculinities”: Redefining Urban Men. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, edited by K. Moffatt.
  • Moffatt, K. (2012). ‘Introduction’ In Troubled Masculinities: Redefining Urban Men. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Edited by K. Moffatt.
  • Sirotich, F., Martin, S., Ruhinda, S., Vaz, J., and Moffatt, K. (2012). ‘Yearning to break silence: Reflections on the functions of male silence.’  In Troubled Masculinities: Redefining Urban Men. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, edited by K. Moffatt.
  • Moffatt, K. (2011). Sexualities; Sexual Orientation; Sexual Preference; Trans; Transsexual; Transvestite; Transphobia; Queer Theory; LGBTTQI, Glossary of Terms for Anti- Oppressive Policy and Practice, B. Lee, S. Sammon & G. Dumbrill (eds.). Toronto: CommonAct Press.

Catalogue publications:

  • Carveth, N., Panitch, M. and Moffatt, K. (2015) Resonating Voices Catalogue for Resonating Voices event, Ryerson, June.
  • Moffatt, K. and Bain, H. with McLeod, S. (2014) Catalogue for Troubling Masculinities Show, Ryerson, February.
  • Moffatt, K. and Bain, H. (2014). Curatorial Statement, catalogue for Troubling Masculinities Art Show.

Position Currently Held:

Jack Layton Chair, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services, Professor, School of Social Work

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Office details

  • Office location: EPH-218, Eric Palin Hall

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