The Project Someone team warmly welcomes Dr. Leslie Touré Kapo, our incoming research associate and community advisor. Dr. Kapo will be contributing to Landscape of Hope by mobilizing community organizations in Black and racialized communities of Montreal. He will also be developing workshops for the Innovative Social Pedagogy project with Employment and Social Development Canada.
Dr. Kapo’s research interests lie in urban studies, youth studies, critical race theory, and gender and sexuality. He explores the impact of racialization processes on the everyday life of youth in low-income and immigrant neighbourhoods. His expertise in research and project management largely stems from his experience as a youth and social worker in France and Quebec. He received his master’s degree in sociology from Université de Perpignan via Domitia, and completed his PhD with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS). Dr. Kapo’s dissertation explored the everyday and ordinary life of young racialized Montrealers. This ethnography followed 28 young racialized Montrealers between Fall 2015 and Spring 2018 and shed light on undermined dynamics such as stigmatization, islamophobia, racism and ordinary violence. His dissertation was awarded Best thesis 2020-2021 by the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of INRS, as well as the Best thesis award 2021 in Humanities and Social Sciences of the Association des doyennes et des doyens des études supérieures au Québec.
Text courtesy of Leslie Touré Kapo