Evelyn Encalada Grez, PhD

Evelyn holds a PhD in social justice education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) from the University of Toronto, Canada. Born in Valparaiso, she is a global educator and transnationalism scholar. Forced to emigrate with her family to Canada, she grew up in exile and with struggles that informed her political and academic trajectories. Evelyn has extensive experience organizing with farmworkers and export processing workers throughout Canada, Mexico, and Central America. She has given talks about the conditions of precarious workers in venues such as the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Canada’s Parliament. Evelyn’s research has been published in journals such as Signs: Journal of Women in Culture in Society and Citizenship Studies among others. She has over ten years of experience teaching university students from various disciplines at York University and online for the University of British Columbia in Canada. Evelyn was also traveling faculty for SIT’s International Honors Programs Cities and Human Rights programs, teaching in Nepal, Jordan, Senegal, India, Brazil, and Chile. Evelyn demonstrates, in her practice and her research, a commitment to transformative, embodied, and community-relevant education for action and global justice.


  • PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Evelyn Encalada Grez, PhD

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