Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Alana Butler

Alana Butler

Assistant Professor of At-Risk Learners and Student Success
613-533-6000 x 75298

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

Assistant Professor of At-Risk Learners and Student Success

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.

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
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/