Dr. John Allison

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Associate Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - Schulich School of Education
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
French - Fluent
German - B1.1
BA, University of Western Ontario
BEd, Lakehead University
MSc, University of Bristol
EdD, University of Toronto
Areas of Specialization:

History of Education, International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Comparative and International Education, Technology in Education

Research Interests:

My two central research passions are education and international relations. I have always been fascinated by the importance of education both at the local and at the international level. It is crucial to understanding and living together in peace. In pursuit of this I have criss-crossed Ontario and travelled world-wide. 

Current & Future Research:

My current research centers on foreign policy and education as factors in federal-provincial relations, the wider role of IGOs in creating civilizational norms for education systems, and Canadian foreign policy generally. I am also very interested in technical education and in the long-term impact of international practicums on teachers' world view and where these experiences lead them in their careers. 



Allison, John. A Most Canadian Odyssey:  Education Diplomacy and Federalism, 1844–1984.  London, ON: Althouse Press /Western University, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 

Allison, John. "The Council of Ministers in the 1980s: Education Policy Innovator or Broken Cog?". Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, no. 187 (2018): 78-90.

Allison, John. “Human Security and Higher Education: An Examination of North American and European HS Programs and the Interdisciplinary Academy,” Journal of Human Security Studies, Vol.6, No.1. (Spring 2017), pp. 18-37.

Allison, John. “Not Prepared for the Crystal Ball: A Reflection on Global Governance, Leadership and Time” Transience: Journal of Global Studies, Vol. 8, No.1 (Spring 2017), pp.15-33.

Allison,John. "Technical School in Toronto: Growing up in the Trades during the Second World War." Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation 28, no. 1 (2016): 53-72.

Allison, John. “R. Freeman Butts: Educational Foundations and Educational Diplomacy’ British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 62, No. 1, 2014, pp. 1-19.

Allison, John, Gosse, Douglas, Parr, Michael. “If You Hit, You Sit:  Implications of a Case Study of the Retired Male Primary Teacher,” New Male Studies, Vol. 3, No.1, 2014, pp. 78-97.

Maynes, Nancy, Allison, John, Julien-Schultz, Lynn. “An Examination of Longevity of Impact of an International Practicum Experience on Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices Four Years Later,” International Education Studies,v 6 n1, 2013, pp.154-163.

Maynes, Nancy, Allison, John, Julien-Schultz, Lynn. “International Practica Experiences as Events of Influence in a Teacher Candidates’ Development,” McGill Journal of Education, v47 n1, 2012, pp. 69-91.

Allison, John & MacLeod, Katarin. “The Historian and the Physicist: A Critical Review of the Literatures of Action Research and of Teacher Preparation,” Canadian Journal of Action Research (CJAR), Volume 12, Issue 1, July 2011, pp.3-18.

Allison, John. “History Educators and the Challenge of Immersive Pasts: A Critical Review of Virtual Reality “Tools” and History Pedagogy" Learning, Methods and Technology, Volume 33, Issue 4, December 2008, pp. 343-352.

Parr, Michael, Allison, John and Gosse, Douglas. "The Professional Journey of Male Primary Teachers," The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Volume 7, Issue 6, January 2008, pp.257-266.

Gosse, Douglas, Parr, Michael, and Allison, John. “Researching the Halted Paths of Male Primary School Teacher Candidates,” Journal of Men’s Studies. Volume 16, Number 1 / Winter 2008, pp. 57-68.

Gosse, Douglas, Parr, Michael, & Allison, John. “You’re Out! Calling for debate on male primary school teacher candidates,” The Canadian On-Line Journal of Queer Studies in Education, Volume 3, No. (1), 2007, pp.1-22.

Allison, John. “Walking the Line: Canadian Federalism, the Council of Ministers of Education, and the Case of International Education, 1970-1984,” in Journal of Educational Administration and History, Volume 39, No. 2, August 2007, pp. 113-128.

Allison, John. “From Journeymen Envoys to Skilled Diplomats: Change in Canada’s Education Related International Activities, 1815-1968,” Diplomacy and Statescraft. Vol. 17. No.2, June 2006, pp. 237-259.​


2014: Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching: Nipissing University.