Publications & Academic Presentations

PREVNet 2017 poster_WYAliceChan

A conference presentation poster at the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) Conference in Ottawa (Nov 2017) that highlighted concerns about religious bullying in the Canadian context. A downloadable version is available here.

TBFF report, 2016

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change report, 2016. Available for review at:

List of Research Publications (A selection)

Publications are also listed in my orcid profile:


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. Available here.

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

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

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). Available here.

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

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

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

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


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. (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. Available here.


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. Available here.

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

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. Available here.


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


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

In the Media

Islam, other religions already taught at San Diego Unified. The San Diego Union Tribune. Available here. (May 3, 2017).

Can Modesto’s world religions class help bridge the divides? Modesto Bee. Available here. (April 23, 2017).



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Refereed Research Presentations (A selection)

R Dec 2017      Presenter, The societal effects of religious bullying and corresponding solutions for it, National Inter-faith Anti-bullying Summit, Washington, D.C.

R Dec 2017      Workshop Co-Presenter, Building inclusive communities to counter religious extremism through HRE. 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, Montreal

R Nov 2017      Poster, Religious bullying: Considering content-based bullying. Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) Conference 2017, Ottawa

R Nov 2017      Workshop Co-Presenter, Towards a New Literacy of Religion for Student Inclusion and Well Being. Quest Conference – The Quest for Well-being: A collective responsibility, York Regional District School Board, Markham, Canada

R Aug 2017       Round-table Presenter, Can education counter violent religious extremism? Society for Terrorism Research, New York City

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 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 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



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

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