Dr. Erica S. Lawson

Erica S. Lawson (“Erica”) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at The University of Western Ontario.


Erica completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT).


Erica teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in gender and feminism and has a track record of working in the areas of critical race and equity studies

She has worked as a Social Scientist as well as a Consultant in collaboration with community-based organizations, school boards, and government ministries to address racial and other forms of discrimination through public policy. In this 

capacity, she has conducted research, written reports, and drafted policies informed by anti-racism theory and practice to shape responses to issues such as, a) policing and criminal justice, b) the Safe Schools Act, c) Africentric Education in Ontario, and d) HIV/AIDS, health, and equity


Erica is well versed in inter-sectional forms of oppression in social life and how these are used to institutionalize power and privilege.

Erica provides qualitative, exceptional research/consultation on issues, not limited to, discrimination, harassment and workplace violence, and the intersection and impact of these issues within systems, institutions, and organizations, and upon groups and individuals.


Erica has been part of the MIT team since 2009.

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