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Tracy Penny Light

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, History and Politics, Thompson Rivers University

Tracy Penny Light is Associate Professor (History) at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. Her historical research explores gender and sexuality in Canadian history, with a particular emphasis on medicine and popular culture. Publications include Bodily Subjects: Essays on Gender and Health, 1800-2000 (with Wendy Mitchinson and Barbara Brookes) and Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Critical Theory and Practice (with Jane Nicholas and Renee Bondy). Her educational research explores the use of ePortfolios to foster deep learning and she has co-authored two books on ePortfolio implementation and practice: Electronic Portfolios and Student Success (with Helen L. Chen) and Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors (with Helen L. Chen and John Ittelson). She is President and Board Chair of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning ( and was previously Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor in the Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies and History departments at the University of Waterloo (UW), Canada.


  • 2014–present
    Associate professor, Thompson Rivers University


  • 2003 
    University of Waterloo, PhD