Dalene M. Swanson holds Adjunct Professorships at The Universities of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Most recently, she completed a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral scholarship. Dalene's research interests span curriculum studies, mathematics education, narrative and arts-based methodologies, critical theory and cultural studies. Focusing on socio-political contexts of education, she has commitments to democracy, interdisciplinarity, indigeneity, and social, ecological and global justice. Dalene was born in South Africa and holds degrees in mathematics and education from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and Mathematics Education from The University of British Columbia. Her narrative-based dissertation looked at the construction of " disadvantage " in social context in historically and culturally diverse schools in South Africa. This research addressed critical issues in mathematics education and contested hegemonic practices in schooling and society. This work was recognized with four Canadian and international awards in Qualitative Research and Curriculum Studies.