Tonya Callaghan is an Associate Professor with the University of Calgary Werklund School of Education. She taught secondary English for over ten years in Canadian and international schools, in rural and urban settings, and in Catholic and non-Catholic systems. Her second single-authored monograph, Homophobia in the Hallways: Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools was published in 2018 with the University of Toronto Press. Callaghan’s doctoral thesis Holy Homophobia: Doctrinal Disciplining of Non-Heterosexuals in Canadian Catholic Schools was recognized with the following awards: The American Educational Research Queer Studies Dissertation of the Year Award; The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal; and The Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Doctoral Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Her research explores Catholic resistance to anti-homophobia/transphobia education in both curriculum and educational policy.
The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal (Canada's highest award for academic achievement)