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Dr. Anne Wagner

Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - School of Human and Social Development, Social Work, Associate Professor
office: A309
email: annew@nipissingu.ca
ext: 4485
web: Anne Wagner Website


Anne Wagner, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work. My teaching and research interests include the areas of gender, race, social justice, (higher) education, critical pedagogies and violence against women. I have a varied academic and professional background. Before joining academia, I worked as a clinical social worker and manager both in community and institutional settings. The primary focus of my work involved violence against women and youth. Eventually my love of learning led me to return to school to pursue my PhD in Sociology & Equity Studies. This enabled me to re-kindle my passion for research and offered me new opportunities to continue my social justice work. 


PhD, University of Toronto;
MSW, University of Toronto;
BA (Hon), University of Toronto

Areas of Specialization:

Higher education, critical pedagogies, anti-racism, feminist theories and social work practice.

Research Interests:

Currently, I am exploring the leadership of social science research teams in higher education. Specifically, the project focuses on the challenges of social justice approaches to research in the current academic context. Another project explores youth activism and the ways in which ‘activism’ is marketed to young people. Another project involves evaluating the provision of services to women who have experienced sexual violence in rural areas.


Selected Publications include:

Acker, S. and Wagner, A. (2017). Feminist scholars working around the neoliberal university, Gender and Education http://dx.doi.org.roxy.nipissingu.ca/10.1080/09540253.2017.1296117

Wagner, A. and Shahjahan, R.A. (2015) Book Review of Re-envisioning Higher Education, Jing Lin, Rebecca L. Oxford and Edward J. Brantmeier's (Eds.) for Teaching College Record, June 4, 2015.

Wagner, A. E. and Shahjahan, R.A. (2014) Centering embodied learning in anti-oppressive pedagogy, Teaching in Higher Education, 20(3), 244-254.

Wagner, A.E. (2014) Paradox of (In)Visibility: Moving Beyond the Celebratory Rhetoric of Diversity, Atlantis.

Wagner, A. (2014) Re-Imagining the (Un)Familiar: Feminist Pedagogy in Rural Spaces, Gender & Education, 26(5), 553-567.

Yee, J.Y. and Wagner, A. (2012) Is Anti-Oppression Teaching in Canadian Social Work Classrooms a Form of Neo-Liberalism? Social Work Education, 32(3), 331-348.

Wagner, A. and Yee, J.Y. (2011) Framing Resistance in Higher Education: Implicating Neo-Liberalism, Canadian Social Work Review, 28(1), 89-105.

Wagner, A. (2010) Crisis... What Crisis? The Revitalization of Academic Feminism, Canadian Social Work Review, 27(2), 187-204.

Shahjahan, R., Wagner, A. and Wane, N (2009). Rekindling the sacred in teaching in higher education: Toward a decolonizing pedagogy. Journal of Thought, Spring/Summer: 59-75.

Wagner, A. and Magnusson, J.L. (2005). Neglected Realities: Exploring the Impact of Women’s Experiences of Violence on Learning in Sites of Higher Education. Gender & Education, 17(4), 449-461.

Wagner, A. (2005). Unsettling the Academy: Working Through the Challenges of Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Race, Ethnicity and Education, 8(3), 261-275.

Wane, N., Shahajan, R. and Wagner, A. (2004). Walking the talk: Decolonizing the politics of equity of knowledge and charting the course for an inclusive curriculum in higher education, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 15(3), 499-510.

Edited Books

Wagner A., Acker, S. and Mayuzumi, K. (Eds.) (2008), Whose University Is It, Anyway? Power and Privilege on Gendered Terrain, Toronto: Sumach Press.

Book Chapters

Wagner, A. (2010). “Interpreting Success: Student Conceptualizations”. in Learning to Succeed: The Challenges and Possibilities of Educational Achievement for All”, George J. Sefa Dei (Ed.), New York Teneo Press, pp.59-103.

Wagner, A. (2008). The Invisible Cloak: Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Women Learners in Higher Education.

In A. Wagner, S. Acker and K. Mayuzumi (Eds.), Whose University Is It, Anyway? Power and Privilege on Gendered Terrain (pp. 90-103). Toronto: Sumach Press.

Wagner, A., Acker, S. and Mayuzumi. (2008). Introduction.

In A. Wagner, S. Acker and K. Mayuzumi (Eds.), Whose University Is It, Anyway? Power and Privilege on Gendered Terrain (pp. 11-24). Toronto: Sumach Press.

Courses Taught:

Structural and Interpersonal Violence
Anti-Oppressive Theory
Foundations of Social Work Practice
Abuse and Violence within the Family
Children Families & Social Justice
CHFS Honours Seminar
Children’s Rights: Storytelling
Gender, Diversity and Education
Introduction to Gender Equality & Social Justice Race & Racism / Children, Families and Race & Racism
Introduction to Child & Family Studies Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology of Adolescence
Sociology of Family
Social Problems
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