Professor Profiles

Sara Carpenter

Sara Carpenter

Assistant Professor


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Sara received her PhD from the Adult Education and Community Development program at OISE/University of Toronto. She has worked as an adult educator in both community organizations and higher education. Her research interests are informed by her work with refugee and migrant populations as well as feminist, anti-poverty, and immigrant rights campaigns, particularly with young adults. Currently, Sara’s research focuses on state intervention in community organizations via funding and policy instruments.


  • Marxist Feminist theories of state, civil society, democracy, and social reproduction
  • Young adults, precarity, and social crisis
  • Politics of not-for-profit sector, civil society, and NGOs
  • Reproductive labor in not-for-profit sector
  • Capitalism, neoliberalism, and imperialism
  • Marxist and feminist critical pedagogies and popular education


  • Ontario's Project for Precarious Youth: Policy and Practice in Community Settings
  • Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and ‘Regenerative Possibilities
  • Young Women and the Impacts of Community Violence: Exploring Possibilities for Renewal, Resistance, and Reclamation in the Community