Lisa FarleyHow long have you been at York University?
I have been at York for quite a long time. I graduated from the Concurrent program in 1998 and then from the Master’s program in 2000. In 2007, I very happily returned to York where I’ve always felt at home.

What attracted you to a career in the Faculty of Education?
I love York’s Faculty of Education because of its history of welcoming into the field all sorts of questions and inquiries that recognize the complexity of human relationships and that do not always reflect traditional models of research. York is truly innovative for its capacity to invite and support new ideas in educational research. Students tell me this all the time. And I feel it too.

What is your area of research and how can it have an impact on society?
My area of research has shifted over the time of my tenure at York. I continue to be interested in the emotional qualities of representing and learning from history, broadly defined. Currently, I’ve begun to study conceptions of childhood in psychoanalytic theory and history for the way they symbolize the processes and obstacles of constructing a meaningful existence in relationship to difficult histories.

What is your educational and professional background?
I completed my Ph.D at OISE in 2005 and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa before returning to York in 2007.

If you had to give one piece of advice to students in our Faculty, what would it be?
The university is a big place. Hang out with students from across the disciplines. It’s amazing how many synergies you can cultivate and that will rejuvenate the questions you are asking of education.

What is one interesting fact about yourself that you would want people to know?
I spend summers in Newfoundland and I love to collect rocks, which is a perfect amalgam. In my office and at home, I have little piles of rocks of all shapes and sizes and colours that I like to arrange and hold when I’m writing.