Our People

Dr. Kristopher Wells

PhD (Alberta)

City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Kristopher Wells specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, education, health, sport and culture. He is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including PrideTape and NoHomophobes.com, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent and Guardian. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. He has served as an expert scientific consultant to the Federal Government of Canada, Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization and many provincial and municipal governments across Canada. Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the co-editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth, which is the world’s leading research publication on LGBT youth. His early career work has been recognized with over 50 scholarly and community awards and recognitions including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award, University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion.

Queer, LGBTQ, child and youth studies, health, education, sport, culture, community

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Youth mental health, protective factors, and resiliency
  • Diversity, equity and human rights in education and society
  • Critical policy development
  • Sport, culture, and recreation
  • Bullying, discrimination, and school violence
  • Comprehensive sexual health education
  • Policing, hate crimes, and extremism
  • Social justice and community development
  • Arts-Informed education and postfoundational research

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Wells, K. (2019). The straight facts: Eight common myths and misconceptions about LGBTQ2 youth [Editor’s Pick]. EdCan Network/Canadian Educational Association. Ottawa, ON.

Wells, K. (2018). Transgender teachers: The personal, pedagogical, and political. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(12), 1543-1581. doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1380989

Wells, K. (2017). Sexual minority teachers as activist-educators for social justice. International Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(3), 266-295. doi: 10.1080/19361653.2017.1324344

Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2016). Sexual and gender minorities in Canadian education and society, 1969-2013: A national handbook for K-12 educators. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2015). Growing into resilience: Sexual and gender minority youth in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Alberta Venture Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People (2016)
  • Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta's Special Contribution to Public School Education Award (2015)
  • University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award (2015)
  • Alberta Teachers’ Association Public Education Award (2014)
  • Social Justice Award of Merit (2013)
  • Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Dissertation Award (2012)
  • Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities Honorary Lifetime Membership (2010)
  • Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award (2009)
  • American Educational Research Association Queer Studies Special Interest Group: Scholar-Activist Award (2008)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (2007)
  • Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism (2006)
  • Alberta Centennial Medal (2005)
  • Martha Piper Award for Research Communication Excellence (2004)
  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2003)
  • Alberta Teachers’ Association Doctoral Fellowship (2003)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Alberta Hate Crimes Committee (AHCC)
  • Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA)
  • Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE)
  • Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS)
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE)
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Women in Education (CASWE)
  • Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH)
  • Canadian Sex Research Forum (CSRF)
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
  • Queer Studies in Education and Culture (QSEC)
  • Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities (SACSC)
  • Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)

Boards / Committees

  • Member, Alberta Health Services, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Advisory Council
  • Member, REACH Edmonton
  • Chair, St. Albert Policing Committee
  • International Review Board, Harrington Park Press
  • Co-Editor, Journal of LGBT Youth