Research Publications (A selection)


Abdou, E. D. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2017). Analyzing constructions of polytheistic and monotheistic religious traditions: A critical multicultural approach to textbooks in Quebec. Multicultural Perspectives, 19(1).

R Ghosh, R., Chan, W. Y. A., Manuel, A. & Dilimulati, M. (2016). Can Education Counter Violent Religious Extremism? Canadian Foreign Policy Journal.

Chan, W. Y. A. (2015). Radicalism defined. Radix: McGill’s Student Spiritual Magazine.

R Chan, W. Y. A. (2014). Conceptions of justice and respect in moral education. The Elements Experience: Religion, the Secular, and Public Spaces. 1(2).

Chan, A. (2014). Religious literacy and religious bullying:  A teacher-researcher’s experience. California 3 Rs project bulletin, 11(4).


Chan, W. Y. A. (forthcoming). Intragenerational and intergenerational religious bullying in schools and society: Québec as a case study. In Arweck, E. & Shipley, H. (Eds.), Young People and the Diversity of (Non)Religious Identities in International Perspective. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Springer.

Ghosh, R. & Chan, W. Y. A. (forthcoming). The role of religious education in countering religious extremism in diverse and interconnected societies. In Hayhoe, R. & Sivasubramaniam, M. (Eds.), Religion and Education: Comparative and International Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.


Ghosh, R., Manuel, A., Chan, W. Y. A., Dilimulati, M. & Babei, M. (2016). Education & Security: A Global Literature Report on Countering Violent Religious Extremism (CVE). Tony Blair Faith Foundation. 


Zaver, A., Chan, W. Y. A., Jafralie, S. (2017). Opinion: Concordia bomb scare shows need for religious literacy. Montreal Gazette. Retrieved from


Chan, W. Y. A. (2016).  Educating against religious bullying:  Considering one root to the issue of religious extremism. [Blog]. Religious Education and Security

Refereed Research Presentations

R May 2017       Presenter, Religious bullying in public schools: Past, present, and future, Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Congress, Toronto, Canada

R May 2017       Round-table Presenter, Addressing religious bullying: Is religious literacy a vital aspect to the whole school approach?, World Anti-bullying Forum, Stockholm, Sweden

R Mar 2017       Panelist, Debunking myths about immigrants and radicalization: Countering violent extremism initiatives and recommendations, National Metropolis Conference 2017 Conference, Montreal, Canada

R Mar 2017      Panelist, Education’s role in religious bullying, Religion & Education SIG Highlighted Session, Comparative and International Education Society 2017 Conference, Atlanta, US

R Mar 2017       Co-author, Religion, security, and schooling: Educational responses to extremism and related issues, Comparative and International Education Society 2017 Conference, Atlanta

R Nov 2016      Paper, The future of religious literacy and teacher education in the Ontario classroom, Religion and Education Association 2016 Conference, Pittsburgh, US

R July 2016       Paper, Can religious literacy programs in Quebec and California foster the citizenship education needed to avert religious bullying?, Religious Literacy in a Plural Age: NEH Working Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

R May 2016      Paper, Are religious literacy programs a means for building healthy relationships? Citizenship Education Research Network, CSSE, Congress, Calgary, Canada

R Mar 2016       Panelist, Confronting religion and extremism:  Pedagogical challenges, Conflict management conference, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, US

R Mar 2016       Reviewer, Panelist, RE in Quebec and California historically and its implications for its religious literacy programs today, Religion & Education SIG Highlighted Session, Comparative and International Education Society 2016 Conference, Vancouver, Canada

R Nov 2015        Presenter, Religious Bullying and Religious Literacy, PREVNet Conference 2015, Toronto

R Oct 2015         Paper, Habermas’ communicative action and Gómez’s critical communicative methodology: A mixed methods approach to collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and principals on religious literacy and religious bullying, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2015 Conference, Newport Beach, California

R Jun 2015        Paper, Breaking down cycles of religious illiteracy: Case studies from Ontario and Quebec public school and community programs, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion 2015 Conference, Ottawa

R May 2015       Panelist, From the classroom to the community: Student, teacher, principal, and parent perspectives on religious literacy and religious bullying, American Academy of Religion Eastern International Regional 2015 Conference, Montreal

R Apr 2015        Co-Author, Towards Just and Inclusive Education for Religious Minorities: A View from Hong Kong and Modesto, California, American Educational Research Association 2015 Conference, Chicago

R Mar 2015       Reviewer, Panelist, Ubuntu! A place of uniting in diversity through spiritual and religious literacy, and peace education, Comparative and International Education Society 2015 Conference, Washington, D.C.

R Mar 2015       Reviewer, Panelist, Conceptions of religious literacy and its implications for citizenship in religious education within Montreal, Quebec and Modesto, California, Religion & Education SIG Highlighted Session, Comparative and International Education Society 2015 Conference, Washington, D.C.

R Nov 2014       Paper, Can Religious Literacy deter Religious Bullying? Religion and Education Association 2014 Conference, Chicago

R Oct 2014         Reviewer, Panelist, Religious student narratives in Canada, American Educational Studies Association, Toronto

R Oct 2014         Paper, A Cycle of Religious (Il)literacy beginning with Students Today, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2014 Conference, Indianapolis

R May 2014       Paper, Toronto, Montreal, & Modesto, CA: religious literacy and boundless religious based bullying, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion 2014 Conference, St. Catharines, ON

R Mar 2014       Paper presenter, Reviewer, and Discussant, Religious based bullying:  Is religious literacy the “education for all” that we need? Comparative and International Education Society 2014 Conference, Toronto

R Mar 2014       Panelist and Reviewer, Perspectives on Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) Program: A Case for Religious Literacy, EGSS 2014 Conference, McGill University

R Feb 2014        Poster presentation, Religious literacy in North America, Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, Queen’s University

R Mar 2012       Paper presenter and Discussant, How can teachers address religion in an inclusive public school classroom? Dean’s Graduate Student Research Conference, University of Toronto

Non-refereed conference presentations

Feb 2014         Presenter, Comparative research on Montreal, QC and Modesto, CA’s mandatory religious literacy curriculum, DISE Talks!, Faculty of Education, McGill University

Apr 2012         Presenter and Discussant, A Place for Religious Discussion to Create and Strengthen an Inclusive Public School Classroom, Master of Teaching Research Celebration, Toronto

Here is a presentation from Oct 2014 with regards to my PhD research thus far.  Click here to review the notes per slide.

Highlights from my Masters level research are outlined in this presentation below:

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