Hi, I'm Warren. I hold a doctorate in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy at Carleton University. My broad research interests include Youth Cultures, Social Citizenship, Neoliberalism, Gentrification, Race and Ethnicity, Anti-Colonialism, and Masculinity.
My dissertation research, supervised by Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly, focused on how first and second-generation young Canadian African and Caribbean Black (ACB) men experience youth employment training programs in Ontario and Quebec. This work engaged the theoretical framing of Franz Fanon as a way to encapsulate how Canadian social norms - emerging from Canada’s existence as a settler-colonial nation-state and its long history of racial discrimination - continue to affect the social development of young ACB men. It draws on phenomenology to understand the social experiences of ACB male youth and their use of employment training programs, while considering the intersubjective ideologies from other people (youth workers, employers, etc.) and how they impact young Black men. Both theoretical approaches supported the understanding of how to better support young ACB men and their socio-economic development while challenging the misconceptions of Black masculinity in Canada.
I have dedicated much of my academic and professional career to helping Black youth overcome social barriers in educational institutions and in the Ontario judicial system, which has inspired my work and research. I have strong ties to many Canadian communities, specifically youth-centered organizations, such as Trails Youth Initiatives.
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