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Leila Angod

Assistant Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Office:1324 Dunton Tower

Dr. Leila Angod (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Childhood and Youth Studies Program at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University.

Her research mobilizes anti-racist and decolonial theories and methodologies to pursue two research trajectories: (1) how schooling discourses, policies, and practices invite young people to live racial orders; and (2) how youth research can create the conditions to contest and subvert these racial orders.

In seeking to understand and intervene in the making of a specifically Canadian iteration of white supremacy, Dr. Angod uses interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to examine the interlacing of structural, affective, and subject-making processes. In so doing, she centres anti-Black racism, settler colonialism, and imperialism as foundational to theorizing Canadian racial and colonial orders. Her research reveals how young people, and especially BIPOC youth, navigate the imbrication of race, class, and gender to negotiate Canadian national belonging and global citizenship.

Dr. Angod holds a doctorate in the Sociology of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She is a recipient of the Racialized and Indigenous Faculty Alliance’s inaugural Research Grant in 2021. Dr. Angod was a 2020-2021 Lillian Robinson Scholar at Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute and has held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Bielefeld University in Germany and OISE/UT. She is affiliated with OISE/UT’s Youth Research Lab and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.

Both of Dr. Angod’s manuscripts-in-progress analyze race at Canadian elite schools. Her young adult novel mobilizes speculative fiction to centre magic and BIPOC girls. Her scholarly manuscript deploys ethnographic and archival data to demonstrate how elite school histories, policies, and programs become sites for the ordering of humanity through the attribution of racial difference.

Dr. Angod’s research and teaching draw from over a decade of experience collaborating with young people. Community- and arts-based approaches are integral to her work. She is a former secondary school teacher, co-principal investigator of a youth participatory action research study at a Toronto school, and co-founder of in:cite, a youth-led, online journal for youth research, art, and activism.

Cross Appointment

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Research Interests:

  • Critical race theory
  • Black and race radical theory
  • Black, Indigenous, and women of colour feminisms
  • Decolonial methodologies
    • Arts-based methods
  • Sociology of education
    • Elite schools
    • Global citizenship
    • Volunteer abroad
  • Critical youth studies
    • Youth participatory action research
    • Youth activism
  • Speculative fiction and futures


  • Youth Culture and Activism (CHST 3203)
  • Race, Childhood, and Youth (CHST 3205)

Select Publications:

Angod, L. (2022). Accountability in ethnographic research: Researching the making of White/Northern subjects throughout anti-Black racism while Brown. In Macías, T. (Ed.), Unravelling research: The ethics and politics of research in the social sciences. Fernwood.

Angod, L. (accepted). Learning to enact Canadian exceptionalism: The failure of voluntourism as social justice education. Equity & Excellence in Education. 

Angod, L. (abstract accepted). “Especially if you’re a girl, especially if it has to do with social justice”: When youth participatory action research amplifies the racism and gender-based discrimination under study. Children & Society. Special Issue: Conceptualising and Researching Child and Youth Activism.

Angod, L. & Mahrouse, G. (2020, June 27). Is now the time to celebrate unity in Québec? Canadian Dimension.

Angod, L., and Gaztambide-Fernández, R. (2019). Endless land, endless opportunity: The coloniality of elite boarding school landscapes in Germany, the United States, and Canada. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik (Journal for Pedagogy), 65(2), 227–241.

Gaztambide-Fernández, R., and Angod, L. (2019). Approximating whiteness: Race, class, and empire in the making of modern elite/white subjects. Educational Theory, 69(6), 719–743.

Angod, L. (2016). Youth participatory action research at University of Toronto Schools: Co-constructing knowledge and communities for social justice. Research Brief, 7(Summer) (pp. 4–9). Centre for Urban Schooling, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Angod, L. (2015). The unruly curricula of the ruling classes [Editorial]. Curriculum Inquiry, 45(5), 427–436.


Want to know more about Dr. Leila Angod? Please check out her interview with the IIS.

Dr. Leila Angod Interview