2013 Winner of the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence
*The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) was established under an Act of Parliament in 1882 as the
senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. Carl James, an Antiguan-
Barbudan has now joined this elite group.
in the Faculty of Education, and in the Graduate Programs of Sociology and Social Work at York
University. As director of YCEC, lames serves as a catalyst for mobilizing research, promoting
university/school/community partnerships, and advancing public discussions that address educational
and social issues. He holds a PhD in Sociology and was once the Affirmative Action Officer for the
A former youth worker, his research interests include educational and occupational access and equity
for marginalized youth; schooling matters of second-generation suburban area students; and the
complementary and contradictory nature of sports in the schooling and educational attainments of
racialized students. Though known for his support, mentorship and supervision of students, lames
also works with educators, social service workers, and community agency workers in professional
lames is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in equity and cultural studies. He has
studied settlement issues of international immigrants in Sweden, and remains an active Caribbean
Studies scholar conducting research and writing about the social, political, religious and educational
issues of the region. He appropriately uses the insights gathered to inform his work about Caribbean
Canadians. lames is currently conducting research with Prof. Andrea Davis comparing youth
experiences with violence in Jamaica and Toronto.
Prior to receiving the above two awards, lames has received many other academic and community
awards, including: Prime Minister's Special 25th Anniversary Independence Award - recognizing the
contributions of Antiguans abroad (2006), the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, City of
Toronto (2008), and the African Canadian Achievement Award for educational success (2009).
A prolific writer-authored and co-authored 18 books-- his work advocates equity and anti-racism
and seeks to address the effects of various types of oppression. He has been published in Swedish and
French. His most consistent international work has been at Uppsala University in Sweden where for
17 years he has been teaching classes in multicultural education to Swedish and international students,
and in 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University for his work in equity,
muIticultural and social justice education.
Carl, born in Jennings, Antigua, was a student at Cedar Hall School and Princess Margaret School. His
mother is Milderine Tonge, and he has one sister Dome, also a university graduate. Carl's son Kai
holds a PhD in aerospace engineering and is currently a post-doctorate Research Scientist at Columbia
University, New York. The pursuit of learning continues.