Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Education
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Heather McGregor

Assistant Professor of Curriculum Theory, Graduate Faculty

Dr. Heather E. McGregor

BA (Acadia), MA (OISE/University of Toronto), PhD (University of British Columbia)

Assistant Professor of Curriculum Theory

Dr. Heather McGregor is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Through her research and scholarly activities, she is active in the fields of Arctic and Indigenous education, historical thinking and historical consciousness in history education, and most recently, environmental and climate change education. Whatever her focus, Dr. McGregor maintains a commitment to, and curiosity about, decolonizing approaches to teaching, learning and research. 

Heather was born in Yellowknife, raised in Iqaluit and continues to pursue research in the Canadian Arctic. Her Masters research was published in 2010 as an historical monograph by UBC Press, entitled Inuit Education and Schools in the Eastern Arctic. In 2015, Heather completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in Curriculum Studies. Her dissertation documented decolonizing initiatives in the Nunavut Department of Education between the years 2000-2013. Heather went on to complete a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, where she conducted an ethnographic and evaluative project with an expedition-based leadership program called Students on Ice, inquiring into its impacts on Inuit and Northern youth. Heather also brings experience writing history curriculum, teaching resources and professional development materials through the Department of Education, Government of Nunavut as well as the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project. She has published her SSHRC-funded research at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels in a range of history and education journals, both in Canada and internationally.

In 2020, Dr. McGregor received two grants to support her new research stream, History Education in the Anthropocene: the SEED Research Grant (Faculty of Education, Queen’s University) and SSHRC Institutional Grant - Explore (Queen’s University). This project seeks to develop a theoretical framework, pedagogical approaches, and learning outcomes for teaching history in ways that are responsive to environmental crisis and relations with the more-than-human world.

Other current funded research projects on which she collaborates include: Thinking Historically for Canada’s Future (P.I. Carla Peck, UofA, SSHRC-funded through 2026), and Effective teachers for successful students: An investigation of the preparation and resiliency of Northern educators (P.I. Ruth Kane, UofO and Kathy Snow, UPEI, Arctic-Net funded through 2022).

Research Interests 

  • Inuit & Indigenous education
  • Decolonizing education & research
  • Curriculum theory
  • Environmental education
  • Historical thinking & Historical consciousness
Selected Publications




  • McGregor, H.E. (2019). Time chased me down, and I stopped looking away. In C. Coates & G. Wynne (Eds.), The Nature of Canada (334-351). On Point Press.
  • McGregor, C.A. & McGregor, H.E. (2017). Teacher education in and for the North: Programs and place in Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In T. Christou (Ed.), Canadian Teacher Education: A Curriculum History (pp. 213-230). Studies in Curriculum Theory Series, Routledge.
  • McGregor, H.E. & McGregor, C.A. (2017). When oral history calls on you: Stories from Nunavut. In K. Llewellyn & N. Ng-A-Fook (Eds.), Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas and Practices (pp. 87-105). Palgrave Macmillan US.