Catherine Vanner is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Her research concentrates on the relationship between gender violence and education in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Canada. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Ottawa and received the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement to support her doctoral research.
Dr. Vanner’s postdoctoral research uses participatory qualitative methods to build understanding and guidance for teaching about gender violence in Canada at the secondary school level. Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the relationship between gender safety, gender violence and primary student learning processes in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, receiving the 2018 Michael Laferrière Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Comparative International Education Society of Canada. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Educational Development, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Journal of Peace Education and International Journal of Children’s Rights.
She has worked as an Education Advisor at Plan International Canada, as an Education Specialist at the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada), and as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University. She has a M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University and a B.A. (Honours) from McMaster University.