Marlon Simmons

Marlon Simmons


Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Werklund School of Education

Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Adult Learning

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Educational Background

PhD Education, University of Toronto, 2012

M.Ed. Education, University of Toronto, 2006

H.B.A. University of Toronto, 2004


Marlon Simmons, is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. He received his PhD in Sociology of Education, from the University of Toronto. Marlon joined the Werklund School of Education as an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar and is currently a member in the Adult Learning program. His scholarly work is grounded within the Diaspora, decolonial thought, qualitative research, and sociology of education. 


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

The research interests of Marlon Simmons include Diaspora and culture, decolonial thought, governance of the self and communicative network practices of youth. Related to Marlon’s work are the scholarship of teaching and learning and the role of sociomaterial relations with enhancing student learning.

  • Sociology of education
  • Qualitative research
  • Diaspora and cultural studies
  • Decolonial Thought

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
EDER 700 LEC 01 01 Sem 1st Yr Doctoral Students 2021
EDER 711 LEC 01 01 Adv Research Methodologies I 2021


  • Reflection as Pedagogy in Action Research. Special Issue: Pedagogical Action Research (PedAR). Educational Action Research, 29(2), 245-258. Simmons, M., McDermott, M., Eaton, S. E., Brown, B., Jacobsen, M. . (2021)
  • When Educators Come Together to Speak about Well-Being: An Invitation to Talk. Canadian Journal of Education, 42(3), 850-872.. Simmons, M., McDermott, M., Lock, J., Crowder, R., Hickey, E., De Silva, N., Leong, R., & Wilson, K. . (2019)
  • Reframing Anti-Colonial Theory for the Diasporic Context. Postcolonial Directions in Education, 1(1), 67-99.. Simmons, M., & Dei, G. J. S.. (2012)
  • Notes from the Diaspora.. Simmons, M.. Peter Lang.. (2022)
  • Frantz Fanon and Education. In A. Luke (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Race and Education.. Oxford University Press. (2023)
  • On Decolonial Thought and Writing Black Life. In A. Abdi (Ed.), Social Justice Education in Canada. . Simmons, M. . Canadian Scholars Press.. 49-59. (2023)
  • Teaching and Learning in Zoom Network Environments. In P. Trifonas & S. Jaggar (Eds.), International Handbooks of Curriculum Theory, Research, and Practice. Simmons, M. . Springer. (2023)
  • Writing Black Life: Theoretical Underpinnings. In G. J. S. Dei, A. V. Jimenez, & E. Odozor (Eds.), Cartographies of Blackness and Black Indigeneities.. Simmons, M. . Meyers. 51-62. (2020)
  • Locating Black Life within Colonial Modernity: Decolonial Notes. In S. R. Steinberg & B. Down (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies.. Simmons, M. . SAGE. 205-217. (2020)
  • Diaspora, Citizenry and the Education of African-Canadian Youth. In A. Abdi & A. Ibrahim (Eds.). The Education of African-Canadian Children: Critical Perspectives. Simmons, M. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press. 58-72. (2016)
  • Politics of Urban-Diasporized Youth and Possibilities for Belonging. In A. Ibrahim & S. Steinberg (Eds.), Critical Youth Studies Reader. Simmons, M. . Peter Lang. 195-204. (2014)
  • The Politics of Cultural Knowledge.. Wane, N., Kempf, A., & Simmons, M. (Eds.). Sense. (2011)
  • Fanon and Education: Thinking through Pedagogical Possibilities.. Dei, G. J. S., & Simmons, M. (Eds.). Peter Lang.. (2010)

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