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Ashleigh A. Allen         she/her/elle



Ashleigh A. Allen is a poet, writer, researcher, educator, and Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in Curriculum & Pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She has taught literature, writing, and creative writing in various classroom and community settings since 2008, first in New York City and, more recently, in Toronto. In her teaching, she seeks alternative ways of being together with others that centre the lives, desires, and futures of the people, their communities, and the land. Her research interests are curriculum development, teacher education, pedagogies of care, literacy, arts-based research methods, and queer theory.

She lives on the unceded territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnabeg, Mississaugas of the Credit River, and Wendat peoples in Tkaronto (Toronto). Her heritage traces to Québec’s unceded Mohawk territory (Montréal area), Belgium, Italy, and the Scottish Highlands.

Education & Experience


Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto -- Toronto, ON

Ph.D. Curriculum & Pedagogy -- Candidate (ABD)

Teachers College, Columbia University -- New York, NY

M.A. English Education (7-12)

The New School -- New York, NY

M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry)

Queen's University -- Kingston, ON

B.A. Honours Art History (minor, Religious Studies)

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