Dr. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Educational inequality, legal education, K-12 education policy, COVID-19 and educational disruption, education policy, schoolyards, playgrounds, streaming


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Dr. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay received her law degree from the University of Victoria in 1996, a Master's in Law from Osgoode Hall at York University in 2001, and a PhD in Educational Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto in 2011. She was a MITACS postdoctoral fellow in 2014. Gallagher-Mackay has worked in diverse roles that combine education, law and public policy. This includes serving as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Future Skills Centre and Director of Research for People for Education; serving as the first Policy Counsel for the new government of Nunavut; a founder and Northern Director of Akitsiraq Law School in Iqaluit, Nunavut; and working in a domestic violence family legal aid clinic in Brooklyn, New York.

Gallagher-Mackay is the author of two books: Succeeding Together: Schools, Child Welfare and Uncertain Public Responsibility for Abused and Neglected Children (University of Toronto Press), and Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for Tomorrow's Challenges (Random House Canada, with Nancy Steinhauer). Pushing the Limits was shortlisted for the Donner Prize for the best Public Policy Book by a Canadian. She has also written over 40 articles and reports on topics spanning her areas of expertise.


  • educational inequality
  • legal education
  • K-12 education policy
  • COVID-19 and educational disruption
  • education policy
  • schoolyards
  • playgrounds
  • streaming

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