Rashelle Litchmore

Rashelle Litchmore

Assistant Professor of Human Development

Joined Connecticut College: 2019

B.Sc., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Guelph
Ph.D., University of Guelph


Ethnic and Racial Identity

Social Policy


Discursive Psychology

Applied Social Psychology


Qualitative Methods

Rashelle Litchmore teaches Introduction to Human Development and Child and Family Social Policy. She is a critical cultural psychologist who draws on interdisciplinary research and techniques. She utilizes a variety of qualitative methods, including phenomenology, ethnography, and discursive psychology to study race, culture, identity and social policy.

Her research examines the social, political and economic contexts of education policy development, and how these broader contexts shape the educational experiences of ethnic and racial minority young people. This includes attention to teacher narratives and practice, and how these are shaped by broader policy contexts. She has studied the complex and contextually bound identity performance of Black Canadian adolescents, as well as how broader social discourses on race, culture, education and gender restrict and enable identity claims, and educational experiences. Rashelle has also conducted research with Muslim-Canadians, including Muslim-Canadian women’s phenomenological experiences with the hijab. 


Prior to her appointment at Connecticut College, Rashelle served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Anti-Racism Directorate in the Government of Ontario, Canada. In this role she co-developed the province’s first Anti-Black Racism Strategy (ABRS), and provided policy advice for addressing systemic barriers faced by racialized and Indigenous peoples in the education, child welfare, justice and health sectors. Rashelle has also worked in community and post-secondary settings to create opportunities for access to post-secondary education and to support the learning of First Generation, Black, racialized and Indigenous students in Ontario. In these roles she has trained and mentored undergraduate students in tutoring and mentoring middle and high school students in the community. Rashelle has also served as President of the Board of Taibu Community Health Centre, the only health center dedicated understanding, addressing, and alleviating Black health disparities in Canada.

Rashelle is a reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology, Theory and Psychology, and the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.


Litchmore, R.V.H., & Safdar, S. (2016). The meanings of hijab: Views of Canadian Muslim women. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. 19, 198-208. doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12141

Litchmore, R. V. H., Safdar, S., & O’Doherty, K. (2016). Ethnic and racial self-identifications of second-generation Canadians of African and Caribbean heritage: An analysis of discourse. Journal of Black Psychology, 42, 259-242, doi: 10.1177/0095798414568454 

Litchmore, R.V., & Safdar, S. (2014). Perceptions of discrimination as a marker of integration among Muslim Canadian youth: The role of religiosity and ethnic identity. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 16, 187-204. doi: 10.1007/s12134-014-0337-5


Litchmore, R. V. H. & Safdar, S. (2016). Young, Female, Canadian and Muslim: Identity negotiation and transcultural experiences. In C. H. Mayer & S. Wolting (Eds.). Purple Jacaranda Narrations on transcultural identity development (pp. 59-67). Waxmann Publishers: Munster, Germany. 


El Masri, A., Choubak, M., & Litchmore, R. (2015). The Global Competition for International Students as Future Immigrants: The role of Ontario universities in translating government policy into institutional practice. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Litchmore, R. (2015). Developmental evaluation report for the Guelph-Wellington Situation Table: July 2014 to February 2015. Guelph: Community Engaged Scholarship Institute.

Litchmore, R. V. (2012). Improving client access to the Ontario Benefits Directory. Toronto: Ontario Public Service.

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Rashelle Litchmore
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320