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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Deborah Barndt

Technology in Practice

University   York University
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Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 22626
Office Location   HNES 271
Office Hours   TBA


B.A., Comprehensive Social Studies and French (Otterbein College); M.A., Social Psychology (Michigan State); Ph.D., Sociology (Michigan State)


Deborah Barndt is Associate Professor in Environmental Studies and Coordinator of the Community Arts Practice Certificate Program. At the graduate level, she teaches Popular Education for Social Change and Cultural Production Workshop: Image-Based. Deborah has advised students on such topics as popular education, global and local food systems, participatory communication, art and activism, and women's narratives. Deborah recently completed a five-year research project, "Tracing the Tomato from Mexican Field to Canadian Table: Women Workers in Globalized Food Production," funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is currently an advisor to a CURA-supported project, Sustainable Toronto, as well as to a participatory resource management project in Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua. Deborah is a member of the North American Alliance for Popular Education, the Latin American Studies Association, the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Research Interests

Popular education and social movements; Media analysis; Photographic methods for participatory research/education/action; Cultural production; Community development; Women, globalization, and food.

Selected Publications

Just Doing It: Popular Collective Action in the Americas. (ed. with Gene Desfor and Barbara Rahder). Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2001.

"Naming, making and connecting: The pedagogical possibilities of photo story production" Pat Campbell and Barbara Burnaby (editors). Participatory Practices in Adult Education. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., 2001.

Women Learning the NAFTA Food Chain: Women, Food, and Globalization (editor) (Toronto: Sumach Press, 1999) - Winner of Independent Publishers' Award.

"Bio/cultural diversity and equity in post-NAFTA Mexico (or Tomasita Comes North While Big Mac Goes South)" in Jay Drydyk and Peter Penz (eds.) Global Justice, Global Democracy, Society for Socialist Studies, Feinwood Publishing, 1997, 55-70.

"Crafting a 'Glocal' Education: Focusing on Food, Women, and Globalization," Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol.22, 1, Fall/Winter 1997, 43-51.

"Free trade offers 'free space' for connecting across borders," in R. Keil, G.R. Wekerle, and D.V.J. Bell (eds.), Local Places in the Age of the Global City. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1996.

"Tracing the trail of Tomasita the tomato: popular education around globalization," Alternatives, Issue on Free Trade, Fair Trade, and Community Economic Development. Waterloo: University of Waterloo, 1996.

English at Work: Teacher's Guide. American edition adapted by Centre for Workforce Education, Laubach Literacy International. Syracuse: New Readers Press, 1991.

To Change This House: Popular Education Under the Sandinistas. Toronto: Between the Lines. Co-published by the Jesuit Centre and Doris Marshall Institute for Education and Action, 1991.

Naming the Moment: Political Analysis for Action. Toronto: Jesuit Centre, 1989.



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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan