Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Alana Butler

Alana Butler

Assistant Professor
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BSc, B.Ed., MA (Toronto), PhD (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)

Assistant Professor of At-Risk Learners and Student Success

Research Interests

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and practices from k-12 to higher education
  • At-risk children/youth and their educational attainment
  • ‘Race’, culture, and gender studies in education
  • Immigration and settlement studies
  • Multicultural education
  • Qualitative research methodology
Alana Butler is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 2015, she completed a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a specialization in Learning, Teaching, and Social Policy. She has 15 years of teaching experience in a range of settings that includes preschool, ESL, secondary school, adult literacy, and university. In 2011, she was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada for her study of Black student experiences in U.S. and Canadian higher education. From 2015-2016, she was a research collaborator on a SSHRC funded study entitled ‘Can We Talk About Race?’ Confronting Colour-blindness in Early Childhood Education’ at Ryerson University. Her current research agenda focuses on at-risk children and their families in elementary and secondary school settings.
Selected Publications

Berman, R., Butler, A., Daniel, B., McNevin, M., and Royer, N. (2017). Nothing, or Almost Nothing, to Report: Early Childhood Educators and Discursive Constructions of Colorblindness. The International Critical Childhood Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 6, no 1, 52-65.

Mirchandani, K. and Butler, A. (2013). “Beyond Inclusion and Equity.”  In A. Konrad, P. Prasad, & J. Pringle (Eds.) Handbook of Workplace Diversity (pp.475-488). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Butler, A. (2013). Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora by Karen Flynn. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 45, 3, 159-161.

Butler, A. (2010). Inclusive Schooling and Minority Education: Reflecting on Challenges and Opportunities. In G. Dei (Ed.) Learning to Succeed: The Challenges and Possibilities of Educational Achievement for All ​ (pp.217-248).  Youngstown, New York: Teneo Press.

Butler, A. (2010). Adolescent Ethnic and Racial Identity Development. Cornell University Family Life Development Center Act For Youth Development Program. http://www.actforyouth.net/resources/n/n_ethnic_racial_identity/

Butler, A. (2010). Adolescent Identity Development. Cornell University Family Life Development Center Act for Youth Development Program. http://www.actforyouth.net/resources/n/n_adol_identity/