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Kelly Train


Full Sessional Contract Lecturer


B.A. (York University, Political Science), M.A. (University of Toronto/OISE, Education), Ph.D. (York University, Sociology)




416-979-5000 ext 4853

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Research Interests:

Race and Ethnicity; Diaspora; Immigration and Nation-Building; Jews; Whiteness; Feminism and Gender; Sociology of Families; Sociology of Work; Sexualities

Dr. Train’s research focuses on how the concept of authenticity is used to regulate notions of belonging and membership within Jewish community construction.  In particular, she explores the experiences of Arab and Indian Jews and how they negotiate their identities within the broader Jewish community in Toronto.   In 2010, Dr. Train was awarded the Dr. Stephen Speisman – Ontario Jewish Archives Award towards the funding of this research project.  She is currently working on a number of large projects, including a book exploring the marginalization of the voices of Sephardi, Mizrahi and Jewish women of colour within Jewish feminist thought, and a book examining the experiences of North African and Indian Jews in the Toronto Jewish Community.

Teaching Interests:
Sociology of Families, Feminism and Sociology of Sex, Gender Identities and Sexualities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Equity and Diversity, Introductory Sociology, Sociology of Work

Dr. Train’s pedagogical approach focuses around the application of sociological theory and methodology to how the study of society is relevant in students’ everyday lives and professional practice.  She practices inclusive learning by emphasizing a critical feminist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, queer perspective that interrogates common sense assumptions of race, class, gender, sex and sexuality, and highlights the subjugated knowledges, histories, experiences and contributions of women, racial, ethnic and religious minorities.

Community Activities:
Dr. Train is the Unit 1 Chief Steward for CUPE Local 3904, representing sessional and part-time Contract Lecturers at Ryerson University, and the former VP Campaigns for CUPE Local 3904.  Dr. Train was the Chief Negotiator for CUPE Local 3904 for the 2017-2021 Unit 1 Collective Agreement and a member of the bargaining committee for the 2014-2017 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.  She has been invited to act as a reviewer for a number of journal editorial boards, including Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Canadian Jewish Studies, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Education and Training Studies, Journal of Mundane Behavior and Social Problems, and has been invited to assess book proposals for scholarly publishers such as Pearson Education and Nelson Education, as well as grant proposals for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  She has been an active member of the Jews and Multiculturalism research working group since 2009, as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Research Centre at Ryerson University since 2014, and has been invited to speak at various scholarly and academic conferences as well as community organizations on issues of diversity (race, ethnicity, gender and sexualities) within the Toronto Jewish community.

Selected Publications & Presentations:


Train, Kelly Amanda.  Patriarchy and the “Other” in the Western Imagination: Honour Killings and Violence Against Women.  In Amina Jamal, Mandeep Kaur Mucina & Farrah Khan (eds.).  Honour/Shame Related Violence in Canada.  Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Negotiating New Territory: Indian Jewish Women in the Family in Toronto.”  Canadian Jewish Studies, 26(Fall 2018): 31-55.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “East Meets West: Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in Canada and the United States.”  In Barry Stiefel & Hernan Tesler-Mabe (eds.). Neither in Dark Speeches nor Similtudes: Reflections and Refractions Between Canadian and American Jews.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Well, How Can You Be Jewish and European? Indian Jewish Experiences in the Toronto Jewish Community and the Creation of Congregation BINA.”  American Jewish History, Special Issue on Jews of Colour, 100(1):1-23.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Breadwinner Role,” “Divorce Law,” “Household Labour,” and “Judaism and Families” in Constance Shehan (ed.).  The Encyclopedia of Family Studies.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Am I That Jew? North African Jewish Experiences in the Toronto Jewish Day School System and the Establishment of Or Haemet Sephardic School.”  Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education: Studies on Migration, Integration, Equity and Cultural Survival, Special Issue on Rethinking Jewish Education, 7(1):6-20.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Anti-Semitism,” “Canadian Minority Communities,” and “Immigration to Canada” in Carl Rollyson (ed.). The Twenties in America.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press Inc.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Immigration to Canada,” and “Jews in Canada” in Tandy Lewis (ed.).  The Thirties in America.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press Inc.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Immigration to Canada,” “Jews in Canada,” and “Refugees in North America” in Tandy Lewis (ed.).  The Forties in America.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press Inc.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Carving Out a Space of One’s Own: The Sephardic Kehila Centre and the Toronto Jewish Community.” In Cheryl Teelucksingh (ed.). Claiming Space: Racialization in Canadian Cities. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “As Long As It’s Not in My Backyard:  September 11th and Other Apocalyptic Events,” Journal of Mundane Behavior, 3(3):337-349.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  “Whiteness, White Otherness and Jewish Identity.” Journal of Mundane Behavior, 1(2):135-142.


Corsianos, Marilyn and Train, Kelly Amanda (eds.).  Interrogating Social Justice: Politics, Culture and Identity. Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars' Press, Inc.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  "The Crime of Authenticity: Regulating Boundaries of Identity Around Jewish Community Through the Image of Russian Jewish Criminality." In Marilyn Corsianos and Kelly Amanda Train (eds.).  Interrogating Social Justice: Politics, Culture and Identity.  Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars' Press, Inc., pp. 143-154.


Train, Kelly Amanda.  "AIDS, Race and the Construction of Jewish Community: Ethiopian Jews in Israel," Response: A Contemporary Jewish Review. (66):51-55.