Stephanie Fearon

Assistant Professor, Black Thriving and Education

Honours BA, History and French Literature - University of Toronto; Master of Teaching - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto; PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Location(s) / Contact Info:

209, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus



Stephanie Fearon joins York University’s Faculty of Education as the inaugural assistant professor of Black thriving and education. Her research draws on Black storytelling traditions to explore the ways that Black mothers and educational institutions partner to support Black student well-being. Fearon uses literary and visual arts to communicate – in a structured, creative and accessible form – insights gleaned from stories shared by Black mothers and their families.

Her publications have appeared in several scholarly journals, including Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, and Journal of African American Women and Girls in Education. Fearon has worked in public education systems for nearly 15 years, assuming teaching and leadership positions in France, Guadeloupe and Canada.
Most recently, she was the program co-ordinator for the Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Team and the Model Schools for Inner Cities Department at the Toronto District School Board. In this role, she provided leadership to administrators and system leaders in implementing policies and practices that promote student academic achievement, well-being and belonging in schools.

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education -

Courses Taught

  • Discourses of Race and Racist Discourse (GS/EDUC 5421)
  • Research Into Practice (ED/EDFE 4200)
  • Teaching for Diverse & Equitable Classrooms in Ontario (ED/EDFE 3100)
  • Visual Research Methods (GS/EDUC 5940)

Selected Publications