David Pereira

Wearing a red and black academic regalia, David Pereira stands in front of a gingko tree with yellow leaves. He wears round horn-rimmed glasses and has a full beard and short, curly dark hair.

David A. Pereira is the 2020-21 York University Faculty of Education Postdoctoral Fellow in sexuality, gender and education and a Centre Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Working with Dr. Jen Gilbert, David will support research activities for the Beyond Bullying Project, a storytelling and research project that explores the circulation of narratives of sexuality and gender in high schools.

David’s research program centres on queering school success using an intersectional and queer theory approach. As a critical ethnographer and qualitative researcher, he foregrounds student and youth voices to critically analyze and expose systemic discrimination and inequities in education. David’s past research looked at the secondary school experiences of ethnoracialized linguistic minority students in Toronto and how their identities are constructed and disciplined in ways that impact there educational trajectories.

David’s future research seeks to better understand how “non-traditional” students access and transition into postsecondary education given that the postsecondary sector by-in-large continues to present obstacles and barriers for “non-traditional” students and their success. David teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in qualitative methodologies and sexuality and gender studies in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto and York University’s Faculty of Education.

From 2018 to 2020, David served as director of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office at the University of Toronto, coordinating and delivering education, support, conflict resolution and investigating complaints for the entire university community – students, staff, faculty and librarians across the university’s three campuses.