Aparna Mishra Tarc

Associate Professor, Grad Program Director

Ph.D. - York University, Toronto, ON; M.Ed. - Queen's University, Kingston, ON; B.Ed. - Queen's University, Kingston, ON; Hon B.A. - University of Western Ontario, London, ON

Location(s) / Contact Info:

280, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20048

Email: amtarc@yorku.ca

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Available to supervise graduate students


Dr Aparna Mishra Tarc joined the Faculty at York in 2009. She was formerly an elementary school teacher in the Philippines, Vietnam and Canada. Her current research project engages children's "knowledge": expression, dreamwork, and testimony as a profound and compelling form of equity and social justice teacher education. She is author of over fifty articles and chapters and of two manuscripts: Literacy of the Other: Renarrating Humanity (SUNY Press) and Pedagogy in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee (Routledge). 


Scholarly Interests

 Educational Humanities, Race, Ethnicity, Disapora and Personhood, Literacy & Literature, Teacher Education, Equity & Social Justice

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Early Childhood Education - Graduate Studies - Bachelor of Education
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Education - Culture - Language - Teaching

Courses Taught

  • Qualitative Research Methods in Education (GS/EDUC 5200)

Selected Publications

  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2021). Qualifying pedagogy: Observations on a pedagogical encounter. Pedagogy, Culture, and Society (Online first). doi:10.1080/14681366.2021.1884121.
  • Mishra Tarc, Aparna (2020). Pedagogy in the novels of J.M. Coetzee. The affect of literature..
  • Mishra Tarc, A & Snaza, N. (2019). "To wake up our minds." The re-enchantment of praxis in Sylvia Wynter. Curriculum Inquiry.
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2017). A Child is Dreaming (Sharon Sliwisnki, Ed.) Museum of Dreams.
  • Mishra Tarc, A (2015). Literacy of the other: Renarrating Humanity. New York, USA: SUNY Press
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2014). Literacy of the Other: The inner life of literacy. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 15, 114-140.
  • Mishra Tarc (2013). "I just have to tell you." Pedagogical encounters into the emotional terrain of learning. . Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 21 (2).
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2012). Race moves: following global manifestations of new racisms in intimate space. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 18 (1).

Selected Presentations

  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2019, October). "I am arguing for that unheard." Affective curriculum. Presented at: Plenary paper, Bergamo, Dayton, OH
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2019, April). Tiny revolt. No time for despair. . Presented at: Keynote, York Graduate Studies in Education Conference
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, October). I am alive. "I am not your Negro.". Presented at: Bergamo, Dayton, OH
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, October). "A Hard that Knows." Jim Garrett's Learning to be with others in the world. Presented at: Bergamo, Dayton, OH
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, July). Pedagogy and the perverse in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child. Presented at: Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies, Toronto ON


  • Pedagogy of the Unthinkable, SHHRC - 2009
  • Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award, York University - 2017
  • York Research Award, York University - 2017

York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments

  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Humanities