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List of Research Publications (A selection)

Publications are also listed in my orcid profile:


Lester, E. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2022). Equipping Educators to Teach Religious Literacy: Lessons from a Teacher Education Program in the American South. Routledge. (Part of the Routledge Research in Religion and Education book series.)

Chan, W. Y. A. (2021). Teaching Religious Literacy to Combat Religious Bullying: Insights from North American Secondary Schools. Routledge. (Part of the Routledge Research in Religion and Education book series.)


Ghosh, R., Tiflati, H., Dhali, H. H., Mahmut, D. and Chan, W. Y. A., (2023). Social-ecological portrait of two females from Montreal who joined ISIS. Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations, 3(1). [Peer-reviewed]

Patrick. M & Chan, W. Y. A. (2022). Can I Keep My Religious Identity and Be a Professional? Evaluating the Presence of Religious Literacy in Education, Nursing, and Social Work Professional Programs across Canada. Education Sciences. 12(8). [Peer-reviewed]

Chan, W. Y. A. & Sitek, J. (2021). Religious literacy in Healthcare. Religion and Education. 48(1). [Peer-reviewed]

Walker, N. C., Chan, W. Y. A., McEver, H. B. (2021). Religious Literacy: Civic Education for a Common Good. Religion and Education. 48(1). [Peer-reviewed]

Patrick, M., Chan, W. Y. A., Tiflati, H., Reid, E. (2019). Religion and Secularism: Four myths and Bill 21. (French translation here.) [Peer-reviewed]

Reid, E., Parker, C., and Chan, W. Y. A. (2019). Religion in the classroom: It’s not just a can of wormsEducation Network.

Chan, W. Y. A., Mistry, H., Zaver, A., Reid, E. & Jafralie, S. (2019). Recognition of context and experience: A civic-based Canadian conception of religious literacy. Journal of Beliefs and Values. [Peer-reviewed]

Chan, W. Y. A., Akanmori, H., Parker, C. (2019). Addressing Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Indigenous peoples through religious literacy and spirituality: Unexpected pathways to peace education. Forum for International Research in Education. 5(1). [Peer-reviewed]

Chan, W. Y. A. (2019). Québec’s Bill 21 may embolden religious bullying in schools. The Conversation. 

Chan, W. Y. A. (2018). Religious bullying: Perspectives from Canada. [Online Magazine]. The Interfaith Observer. 

Chan, W. Y. A. (2018). A review of ERC teacher training programs across nine Quebec universities: A snapshot 10 years after 2008Religion & Education. 45(3). [Peer-reviewed]

Chan, W. Y. A. and Lester, E. (2018). Intersectionality and identity politics of race, religion, and class in Georgia public schools. Religious Education Association 2018, Conference Proceeding. [Peer-reviewed]

Chan, W. Y. A. (2017). The US curriculum’s big change: Religious studies. Impakter. 

Chan, W. Y. A. (2017). Modesto’s ‘hidden gem’ is part of a solution to religious bullying. Stanislaus Connections. XXV(10).

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). [Peer-reviewed]

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

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

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

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


Walker, N. C. & Chan, W. Y. A. (Eds.) (2021). Religious Literacy Across the Professions. (Special Issue). Religion & Education, 48(1).

Chan, W. Y. A., Lisovskaya, E., & Osborne, B. (Eds.) (2019). Religious identity and education: A response to contemporary global pressures. (Special Issue). Forum for International Research in Education.

Chan, W. Y. A. & McDonough, K. (Eds.) (2018). 10 years on: A review of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture course (Special Issue). Religion & Education. 45(3).


Chan, W. Y. A. & Jafralie, S. (2021). Civic religious literacy as a form of global citizenship education: Three case studies across three public spheres. In Wiksten, S. (Ed.), Centering Global Citizenship Education in the Public Sphere: International Enactments of GCED for Social Justice and Common Good. Routledge.

Chan, W. Y. A. & Stapleton, C. (2021). Religious-based bullying: International perspectives on what it is and how to address it. In Smith, P. K. & O’Higgins Norman, J. (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Bullying (Volume 1).

Chan, W. Y. A. & Collet, B. (2019). “The ‘R-Word’ Today: Understanding Religion in Secular and Religious Formal and Non-Formal Educational Spaces,” Wiseman, A. (Ed.) Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2018(International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 37), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 43-50.

Chan, W. Y. A. (2019). Averting intragenerational and intergenerational religious bullying in schools and in society through religious literacy: Québec as a case study. In Arweck, E. & Shipley, H. (Eds.), Young People and the Diversity of (Non)Religious Identities in International Perspective. (pp. 69-86). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Springer.

Ghosh, R. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2017). The role of religious education in countering religious extremism in diverse and interconnected societies. In Sivasubramaniam, M. & Hayhoe, R. (Eds.), Religion and Education: Comparative and International Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.


Lester, E. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2019). Preparing Public School Educators in Georgia to Address Religion: An Evaluation of the Religious Freedom Center’s Georgia 3Rs Initiative (October 2017 – September 2019). Religious Freedom Centre. For internal use.

Nash, C. & Nesterova, Y., Primrose, K., Chan, W. Y. A., Rios, R. A., Velásquez Flores, M. J., and Zowmi, A. (2019). Policy brief #YouthWagingPeace: A youth-led guide on prevention of violent extremism through education. UNESCO and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

Balaji, M., Chan, W. Y. A., Arshanapally, S, Khanna, R., Pallod, K. (2018). Classroom Subjected 2: Creating Safer Learning Environments for Hindu American Students. Hindu American Foundation. For internal use.

Ghosh, R., Tiflati, H., Chan, W. Y. A., Dhali, H. H. (2018). Trajectories of Radicalized Females in Montreal. The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. Working Paper.

Nash, C. & Nesterova, Y., Primrose, K., Chan, W. Y. A., Rios, R. A., Velásquez Flores, M. J., and Zowmi, A.  (2018). Action guidelines for the prevention of violent extremism. UNESCO and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

Nash, C., Nesterova, Y., Primrose, K., Chan, W. Y. A., Rios, R. A., Flores, M. J. V., and Zowmi, A.. (2018). #YouthWagingPeace: UNESCO MGIEP Guide on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education, UNESCO and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

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 Institute for Global Change.


Freeman, S. & Chan, W. Y. (2018). “Opinion: Religious-symbol ban for teachers would be bad for students.” Montreal Gazette. 

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


Anderson, W. J. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2021). Love Lift Us Up”: Singing the benefits of belonging. The Advisor. (NLOWE)

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


Chan, W. Y. A. (2021). Review of the book Loss of Indigenous Eden and the Fall of Spirituality, by Blair Stonechild. Comparative and International Education, 49(2).

Chan, W. Y. A. (2021). Shifting culture to address bias-based bullying. [Review of the book Am I Safe Here? LGBTQ teens and bullying in schools, by Donn Short]. McGill Journal of Education, 55(1).

Chan, W. Y. A. (2020). A Religious Literacy Resource about Nonreligious Identities. [Review of the book None of the above: Nonreligious identity in the US and Canada, by Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme.] Religion and Education, 47(4), p. 121-123.

Chan, W. Y. A. (2020). British religious educational approaches: Is it relevant elsewhere? [Review of the book Religious education for plural societies: The selected works by Robert Jackson, by Robert Jackson]. Intercultural Education, 31(1), p. 136-137.