Kristopher Wells


Kristopher Wells Title: Assistant Professor and Faculty Director with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta


Dr. Kristopher Wells specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, education and culture. He is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including PrideTape and, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent and Guardian. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. He has served as an expert scientific consultant to the Federal Government of Canada, Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization and many provincial and municipal governments across Canada. Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the co-editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth, which is the world’s leading research publication on LGBT youth. His early career work has been recognized with over 50 scholarly and community awards and recognitions including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award, University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion.

Currently, Dr. Wells is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth (Taylor & Francis). Some of his current publications include Sexual and gender minorities in Canadian education and society, 1969-2013: A national handbook for K-12 educators (with A. P. Grace, Ottawa, ON: Canadian Teachers’ Federation, 2016); Growing into resilience: Sexual and gender minority youth in Canada (with A. P. Grace, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015); GSAs and QSAs in Alberta schools: A guide for teachers, 2nd Edition (editor, Edmonton: Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2015); and Supporting transgender and transsexual students in K-12 schools: A guide for educators (with G. Roberts & C. Allan, Ottawa: Canadian Teachers’ Federation, 2012).

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