June Larkin

Associate Professor

Cross Appointments: Equity Studies, New College

Email: june.larkin@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-8282
Office: NC WI 2034


Areas of Interest

  • Youth sexual health
  • HIV/AIDS awareness and education
  • Arts-based approaches to research
  • Critical perspectives on global citizenship education
  • Decolonizing education
  • Community-based research and innovative pedagogy

Larkin’s supervision areas include reproductive justice, sexuality studies, decolonial education, youth sexual health education and Mad Studies. 


June Larkin is a community-based researcher who teaches in the areas of transnational feminism, social justice and the politics of health.  She coordinates the Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention Project (GAAP) at New College, University of Toronto.  GAAP brings together youth, community-based service providers, policy makers, students and faculty on projects that use arts-based and participatory approaches to working with young people on issues related to sexuality, sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness and education. She is co-coordinator of an international experiential learning program in Belize where UofT students engage with indigenous local scholars and activists on issues related to food, sovereignty and indigenous land rights.  


1993 Ph.D., Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto  

1986 M.Ed., Educational Psychology The University of Western Ontario 

1976 B.A., Physical Education The University of Western Ontario 

Selected Publications


Reschka, B., Larkin, J., Welpe, I. (Eds.) (2007) Gender and Engineering: Strategies and Possibilities. Berlin: Peter Lang Publications.   

Larkin, J. (1997).  Sexual harassment: High school girls speak out. Toronto: Second Story Press.   

Refereed Articles 

Lys, C., Gesink, D., Strike, C., & Larkin, J.  (2018). Body Mapping as a Youth Sexual Health Intervention and Data Collection Tool. Qualitative Health Research, 28(7), 1185 – 1198.  

Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Flynn, S., Layne, C., Schwartz, A., Travers, R., Pole, J. and Guta, A.  (2017). The Ontario Sexual Health Education Up-Date: Perspectives from the Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) Youth. The Canadian Journal of Education.    

Monchalin, R., Flicker, S., Wilson, C., Danforth, J., Konsmo, E., Prentice, T., Oliver, V., Jackson, R., Larkin, J., Mitchell, C., and Restoule, J.P. (2016). “When you follow your heart, you provide that path for others”: Indigenous Models of Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 11(1),135-157. 

Flicker, S., Danforth, J., Oliver, V., Konsmo, E., Wilson, C., Jackson, R., Prentice, T., Larkin, J., Restoule, J.P., & Mitchell, C. (2014) “Because we have really unique art”: Decolonizing Research with Indigenous Youth Using the Arts.  International Journal of Indigenous Health, 10(1), 16-34. 

Smillie, C., Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Restoule, J.P., Koleszar-Green, R., Barlow, K & Mitchell, C. (2014).  HIV/AIDS, Colonialism and Aboriginal Youth in Canada: Implications for HIV Prevention Work. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 5(Winter), 95-113.  

Sriranganathan, G., Jaworsky, D., Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Campbell, L., Flynn, S. & Jansen, J. (2012) Peer Sexual Health Education: Interventions for Effective Program Evaluation. The Health Education Journal, 71(1), 62-71. Advanced Access published on December 29, 2010 as doi:10.1177/0017896910386266 

Flicker, S., Travers, R., Flynn, S., Larkin, J., Guta, A., Salehi, R., Pole, J., & Lane, C. (2010).  Sexual health research for and with urban youth: The Toronto Teen Survey story. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19(4), 133-144.  

Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Koleszar-Green, Mintz, S., Dagnino, M., & Mitchell, C. (2007). HIV risk, systemic inequities, and Aboriginal youth: Widening the circle for HIV prevention programming. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98(3), 179-182. 

Honours and Awards


APUS-SAC Undergraduate Teaching Award 


The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award  

Sexual Harassment: High School Girls Speak Out  

Included in the list of “Eighty Books for 21st Century Girls” 

Women’s National Book Association 


Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women, City of Toronto 

Community Based Research Award of Merit, Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, the Wellesley Institute, and University College at the University of Toronto 


President’s Teaching Award, University of Toronto 


3M National Teaching Fellowship 


Undergraduate Courses:

WGS160Y: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 

WGS367H: Gender and the Politics of Health