Professor Profiles


Kristopher Wells, PhD

Assistant Professor & Faculty Director, iSMSS


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Dr. Kristopher Wells is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. Dr. Wells is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including Camp fYrefly, the Alberta GSA Network, PrideTape, and, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent, and Guardian. Dr. Wells has served as a scientific consultant to the Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers' Federation, Alberta Teachers' Association, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization, and governments across Canada. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the Co-Editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth. Dr. Wells' 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. 


  • 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