Professor Profiles


Kristopher Wells, PhD

Assistant Professor & Faculty Director, iSMSS


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Kristopher Wells is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. His doctoral research, which focused on sex, sexual, and gender differences in K-12 education, received several national and provincial awards including a Killam Doctoral Fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship, Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize for Research, Alberta Teachers’ Association Doctoral Fellowship, and the Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism. Dr. Wells’ research and community service work has also been recognized with more than 60 awards, including an Alberta Centennial Medal and Alberta Teachers' Association's Public Education Award. 

With Dr. Andre P. Grace he is the Co-Founder of Camp fYrefly, which is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. Dr. Wells is the author of the Alberta Government’s new homophobic and transphobic bullying and gay-straight alliance resources. During his varied career as an educator and researcher, Dr. Wells has served as a consultant to the Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta Government, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Public Schools, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, and the World Health Organization. Currently, he serves as the Associate Editor for the International Journal of LGBT Youth (Taylor & Francis) and is a Board Member for REACH Edmonton, which is a centre for excellence focused on crime prevention and community safety. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. His most recent co-authored publication is entitled, Supporting Transgender and Transsexual Students in K-12 Schools: A Guide for Educators, published by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. Internationally, Dr. Wells' most recent project has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent, and Guardian. Dr. Wells is also one of the driving forces behind Pride Tape, which strives to make sports more inclusive of LGBTQ identities. 

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  • The Public Understanding of Sex, Sexual, and Gender Differences in Education and Culture
  • Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights in Education
  • Vulnerable Youth Populations
  • Bullying, School Violence, and Youth Resiliency
  • Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
  • Hate Crimes and Human Rights
  • Social Justice and Community Development
  • Arts-Informed Education and Research


EDPS 415: Sexuality, Gender and Culture in Education 

EDPS 515: Sexual and Gender Minorities in Education and Culture