Shirley R. Steinberg is a Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies at the University of Calgary, and a community activist. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy and cultures, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies. Originally a social/improvisational theatre creator, she has facilitated happenings and flashmobs globally. A regular contributor to CBC Radio One, CTV, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and Canadian Press, she is an internationally known speaker and teacher. She is the founder of International Institute of Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Leadership (, and is committed to a global community of transformative educators and community workers engaged in radical love, social justice, and the situating of power within social and cultural contexts, specifically involving youth.

Shirley’s work focuses on the cultural/social/education development of youth, and critical community involvement. She is concerned with how society views young people, and her work creates an environment in which youth are viewed as positive democratic agents within society. As a Research Chair, she has established an international network of youth and community workers engaged in a critical pedagogical approach to activism and pedagogy. Her work is currently focused on issues of Newcomer settlement in Canada, Islamophobia, Empowerment of Women, and Critical Diversity Studies.