Erica Lawson

MA, PhD (OISE, University of Toronto)
Undergraduate Chair, Associate Professor - Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Office: Lawson Hall 3234
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86941


Mothering and motherhood; feminist and critical race theories; grief and violence, particularly as they impact the lives of African Canadians

Recent Publications

Lawson, Erica S. (2018). “Bereaved Black Mothers and Maternal Activism in the Racial State.” Feminist Studies, 44(3): 713-735.

Huff, S., Debbie Laliberte Rudman; Lilian Magalhães & Erica Lawson (2018). “Africana Womanism: Implications for Transformative Scholarship in Occupational Science,” Journal of Occupational Science, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2018.1493614. Published online August 9th, 2018; pp 1-13.

Patricia Hamilton, Erica Lawson, Crystal Gaudet, Jennifer Chisholm, Jaspreet Kaur & Susan Abercromby (2018) At the intersection of idealized youth and marginalized almost adulthood: how girls negotiate young motherhood in London, Ontario, Journal of Youth Studies, 21:9, 1182-1197, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2018.1451628. Published online March 15th, 2018.

Lawson, Erica (2017). How Women Bring about Peace and Change in Liberia.” The Conversation

Lawson, Erica. 2013. Precautionary Measures: Caribbean-Canadian Mothers, Daughters, and Sex Education. In Dorsia Smith Sliva and Simone A. James Alexander (eds.), Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering, 118-128. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press. (Book chapter).

Lawson, Erica. 2013. "Disenfranchised Grief and Social Inequality: Bereaved African Canadians and Oppositional Narratives about the Violent Deaths of Friends and Family Members. Ethnic and Racial Studies (published online 24 May 2013).

Lawson, Erica. 2013. The Gendered Lives of Seven Jamaican Women in Canada: A Story about ?Here? and There in a Transnational Economy. Feminist Formations, 25(1): 138-156.

Verwaayen, Kim, Erica Lawson and Charmaine Crawford. 2013. Learning Exchanges: Searching Global Feminist Possibilities for Real Reciprocity in Study Away Opportunities for Students. British Journal of Arts and Social Sciences. (Open Access Journal). (30%) 

Lawson, Erica. 2012. "Single Mothers, Absentee Fathers, and Gun Violence in Toronto: A Contextual Interpretation." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 41(7):805-828.

Lawson, Erica. 2012. "Feminist Pedagogies: The Textuality of the Racialized Body in the Feminist Classroom." Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, & Social Justice, 35(2): 107-117.