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Christina Parker

Christina Parker

Christina Parker is a faculty member in the Education and Society Department at the University of Toronto and in the Social Development Studies Department at the University of Waterloo. She holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education, peacebuilding, social justice, civic engagement, leadership, communication, and managing conflict in schools and communities.

An Ontario-certified teacher, she has taught in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions in Canada and beyond, including in the Toronto District School Board, the University of Calgary, Ryerson University, Johns Hopkins University, and Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana.

Dr. Parker focuses her research on how marginalized students can be provided opportunities to be heard and included in the classroom through peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and restorative justice. Currently, she is researching how schools in low-income communities are implementing peacemaking circles to support constructive conflict dialogue.

Dr. Parker served as President of the Citizenship Education Research Network (CERN) and board member of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Peace Education Special Interest Group. Her publications on peacebuilding education, multiculturalism, and immigrant students in Canada have appeared in the International Journal of Peace Studies, Theory & Research in Social Education, the Journal of Teaching and Learning, the English Quarterly, and the Citizenship Education Research Journal.