University of Calgary

Aubrey Hanson

  • Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching

 W2018 - EDER 655.18 - Comparative Education (Capstone Prjct Indigenous Ed)


Aubrey Jean Hanson is of Métis and European ancestry and is from Calgary, where she is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Aubrey earned a BA (Honours) in English from the University of Victoria. She graduated from her BEd at OISE/UT in 2004 and subsequently taught for the Toronto District School Board while completing her MEd at OISE/UT. After returning to Calgary in 2009, Aubrey taught in the Calgary Board of Education before joining the Werklund School of Education in 2012—first as a doctoral student and then as a faculty member. Aubrey’s current research focuses on Indigenous literary arts, language arts curriculum, and Indigenous education.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Aubrey Hanson’s research focuses on the relationships between Indigenous literatures, education, and the resurgence of Indigenous communities. She investigates how the imaginative work of the Indigenous literary arts matters to Indigenous peoples' ongoing efforts to sustain healthy communities. In this work, she focuses on gender, sexuality, resilience, and urban space.

Current Projects:

  • Fort McKay School: Strengthening Cree and Dene Cultural Teachings as Foundational Knowledges through Parent & Community Engagement (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: New Paths for Education) Collaboration with Fort McKay First Nation, Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, & Dr. Dustin Louie
  • Indigenous Arts in Urban Spaces (VPR Seed Grant)
  • Reading for Resurgence: Indigenous Literatures, Communities, and Learning (Killam Trusts, Alberta Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research, Métis Education Foundation)
  • Exploring Power and Privilege within Responses to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education: Improving our Teaching Practice through "Difficult Learning" Collaboration with Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt


PhD, Educational Research, 2017
University of Calgary

MEd, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, 2008
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

BEd, Secondary Education, 2004
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

BA (Honours), English, 2001
University of Victoria

Professional & Community Affiliations

Aubrey is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and is a member of the Métis Education Council. She is an Executive member (Treasurer) of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association and has served as a member of the Werklund School of Education’s Indigenous Education Task Force. She is also a member of the following organizations:


Poitras Pratt, Y., Louie, D.L., Hanson, A.J., & Ottmann, J. (In Press). Indigenous education and decolonization. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. (Advance Summary)

Louie, D.L., Poitras Pratt, Y., Hanson, A.J., & Ottmann, J. (In Press). Applying Indigenizing principles of decolonizing methodologies in university classrooms. Canadian Journal of Higher Education. (Journal website)

Poitras Pratt, Y., Lalonde, S., Hanson, A., & Danyluk, P. (2017). Responding to the TRC Calls to Action: Indigenizing a graduate program. In P. Preciado Babb, L. Yeworiew, S. Sabbaghan, & J. Lock (Eds.), Selected proceedings of the IDEAS conference: Leading educational change (pp. 104-112). Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. (Available online)

Lund, D.L., Holmes, K., Hanson, A., Sitter, K., Scott, D., & Grain, K. (2017). Exploring duoethnography in graduate research courses. In J. Norris & R.D. Sawyer (Eds.), Theorizing curriculum studies, teacher education, and research through duoethnographic pedagogy (pp. 111-129). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beierling, S., Buitenhuis, E., Grant, K., & Hanson, A. (2014). "Course" work: Pinar's currere as an initiation into curriculum studies. Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education / Revue Canadienne des jeunes chercheur(e)s en education 5(2), 1-9. (Available online)

Hanson, A. (2014). Social perspectives on anti-homophobia education: Capitalism and LGBTQ identities. One World in Dialogue: Journal of the Alberta Teachers' Association Social Studies Council 3(1), 28-39. (Available online)

Hanson, A. (2012). "Through white man's eyes": Beatrice Culleton Mosionier's In search of April Raintree and reading for decolonization. Studies in American Indian Literatures 24(1), 15-30. (Journal website)


  • Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 (2017)—Avenue Feature
  • Indigenous Graduate Award (2015)
  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2015)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2015)
  • Alberta Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research Graduate Student Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (2014)
  • Métis Education Foundation Scholar Award (2014)
  • Indspire Post Secondary Education Award (2013, 2014)

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