Christiana Fizet (PhD student)

Thesis title: Ontario history teacher candidates’ understandings of and orientations to Canadian history


I am currently a visiting research student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.


  • Bachelor of Honours, History & Political Science, Trent University (2009)
  • Joint European Master, International Migration, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universidad Deusto, and University College Dublin (2012)
  • Bachelor of Education, History & Political Science, OISE (AQ in Guidance & Counselling) (2013)

Research summary

  • Anti-racist history
  • Teacher education
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Whiteness
  • Narratives and stories
  • Identity 

My philosophy of education is one of hope, best summed up by one of the giants of transformative education, bell hooks:

“The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labour for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.” (hooks 1994: 207)

Research activity

  • Research assistant, Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (2012; 2015)
  • Co-chair, Centre for Education for Racial Equality Doctoral Research Group, (2014-2015)


  • Principal's Career Development Scholarship (2014-2017)
  • Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship (2014-2017)


  • "Disrupting the master narrative of Canadian history" (Presented at the Biannual Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland Conference, University of Edinburgh, June 24-26, 2015)
  • "Do not disclose: The salience of whiteness in Canada" (Presented at the 1st Annual Critical Race and Ethnicities Network Conference, University of Sheffield, June 19th, 2015)
  • “Discursively Excused: Erasing the State’s Complicity in Racism in Ireland through Public Discourse.” Master’s Thesis (Presented at the 6th Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference, University of Toronto, January 31-February 1, 2013)