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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Shahrzad Mojab

Shahrzad Mojab

phone: (416) 978-0829

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Professor Mojab's areas of research and teaching are: educational policy studies; gender, state, diaspora and transnationality; women, war, militarization and violence; women, war and learning; feminism, anti-racism, colonialism and imperialism; Marxist-feminism and learning; adult education in comparative and global perspectives. Her approach to the study of race, gender, class, nationality, and transnationality, is informed by feminist, dialectical, and historical materialism. She is critical of theoretical frameworks which treat race, gender, and class atomistically and reduce them to the domains of discourse, text, language or identity. She critiques monopolies of knowledge and power in education, and advocates dialogical and inclusive pedagogical practices.

Professor Mojab is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women's learning and education. Her extensive empirical research in diasporic communities in Canada, Europe and the conflict zones of the Middle East has deepened our understanding of gender relations, patriarchy, culture and capitalism. A unique feature of her work is making knowledge accessible to public through the use of arts such as story-telling, dance, drama, visual art and film.

Professor Mojab has conducted Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded research on war, diaspora, and learning; women political prisoners in the Middle East; war and transnational women's organizations; civic education curriculum as experienced by immigrant youth from war zones; and youth, refugees, war, and migration.

Academic History

Professor Mojab earned her B.A. in English Language in Iran (1977), M.A. in two areas of Comparative Education and Administration, Higher and Continuing Education (1979), and Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Women's Studies (1991) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She spent four years (1979-1983) in post-revolutionary Iran, where she became active in the women's movement and the social movements of students and the Kurds. Before joining the University of Toronto in 1996, Shahrzad taught and worked at University of Windsor, Ryerson University, and Concordia University Montreal).

Professor Mojab has served as the Interim Principal of New College, and Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute, at the University of Toronto. She is the past-President of the Canadian Association for the Studies of Adult Education.

Teaching Overview

Professor Mojab has taught the following courses at OISE/UT:

Doctoral Level

Adult Education Approaches to State, Equity, and Democracy
Historical Materialism in Adult Education: Consciousness, Ideology and Praxis
Political Economy of Adult Education in Global Perspectives
Marxism and Adult Education
Doctoral Thesis Seminar
Adult Education and Public Policy

Masters Level

Introduction to Adult Education
Comparative and International Perspectives in Adult Education
Lifelong Learning and Social Change
Power and Difference in the Workplace
Comprehensive Seminar in Adult Education
Women, War, and Learning
Women and Revolution in the Middle East
Women, Migration, and Work

Representative Publications


2022    Ritchie, Genevieve, Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab (eds.). Marxism and Migration. New York: Palgrave.
2021    Mojab, S. and Amir Hassanpour. Women of Kurdistan: A Historical and Bibliographical Study. London: Transnational Press, 367 pages.
2019    Lives Lost: In Search of a New Tomorrow (Prison Poetry Project). Toronto: Trace Press.
2017    S. Carpenter and S. Mojab (eds.). Youth as/in Crisis: Young People, Public Policy, and the Politics of Learning. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 204 pages.
2017    S. Carpenter and S. Mojab. Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and  Knowledge. London: Pluto Press, 160 pages.
2015    Marxism and Feminism (ed.). London: Zed Books, 392 pages.
2011    Carpenter, Sara and S. Mojab (eds.) Educating from Marx: Race, Gender, and LearningNew York: Palgrave MacMillan, 258 pages.
2010    Women, War, Violence and Learning (ed.). London: Routeldge, 155 pages (2012 paper edition).
2004    Mojab, S. and N. Abdo (eds.) Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges.  Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 253 pages.
2001    Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds (ed.) Costa Mesa, California: MAZDA Publishers, 263 pages.
2001    Bannerji, H. and S. Mojab, and J. Whitehead (eds.) Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 244 pages.

Research Grants and Contracts

Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and 'Regenerative Possibilities', SSHRC Insight Grant.

"Witness", Ontario Arts Council, Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario.

Memoir Pedagogy: Gender Narratives of Violence and Survival, (Co-applicant), Brock University, Social Justice Research Initiative

Words, Movements, Colour: Remembering and Learning Through Narrative and Visual Art. Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

Children of War: Citizenship Education and the Practice of Democratic Principles, SSHRC, Standard Research Grant.

Children of War: Citizenship Education and the Practice of Democratic Principles, SSHRC Institutional Grant.

Role of Women's Organizations in Post-war Reconstruction: Diaspora-homeland Relations in the Kurdish 'Safe Haven,' 1991-2003, SSHRC, Standard Research Grant.

Education Research for Conflict Prevention, Human Security and Peace-building: Understanding and Responding to Gendered Dimensions, Connaught International Symposia/colloquia, University of Toronto.

War, Diaspora and Learning: Kurdish Women in Canada, Britain, and Sweden. SSHRC Standard Grant.

Violence, Rights, and Law: Informal Learning Experiences of Immigrant Women, New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL).

Honours and Awards

2020 Canadian Association of Studies in Adult Education Lifetime
Achievement Award

2012 Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Education of Boğazici
University in Turkey.

2010 Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies.

2009 Ian Martin Award for Social Justice for the Best Paper,
SCUTREA, University of Cambridge, UK.

2008 Distinguished Contribution to Graduate Teaching Award,
OISE/University of Toronto.

Dean's Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts and Science,
University of Toronto (2008, 2007 and 2003-2005.

2006 Noted Scholar in the Faculty of Education, University of
British Columbia.

2006 SAC Certificate, Equity Commission of the Students
Administrative Council, University of Toronto.

2003 Distinguished Visitor, University of Alberta.

2003 First prize winner in the Women's WORLD writing contest,
'Women's Voices in War Zones.'

2003 EFF Distinguished Visitor, University of Alberta, Edmonton,

1986 Winner of the 1986 Women in International Development Student
Paper Competition, University of Illinois, U.S.A.

Professional Activities

Director of Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, New College, University of Toronto (2018-2020)

Former Director, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto (2003-2008)

Past-President, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education

Professor Mojab has served on editorial and advisory boards of several reputable journals, including Adult Education Quarterly, Feminist Theory Journal, Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, International Journal of Lifelong Education, The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Resources for Feminist Research, and the Journal of International Kurdish Studies.

Other Information

Selected Refereed Articles & Book Chapters

Mojab, Shahrzad and Sara Carpenter (2020). "Marxist feminist pedagogies of fascism and anti- fascism." New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, special issue of Adult Learning in the Age of Trump and Brexit, no. 165, Spring, pp. 129-141.

Mojab, Shahrzad and Afiya Zia (2019). "Race, class, and agency: A return to Marxist feminism," Labor and Society, May (DOI: 10.1111/lands.12427).

Ritchie, Genevieve and Shahrzad Mojab (2019). "The ideology of democracy/dictatorship as youth migrate," Globalization, Societies and Education (DOI:10.1080/14767724.2019.1571404).

Mojab, Shahrzad and Sara Carpenter (2019). "Marxism, feminism, and intersectionality," Labor and Society (DOI: 10.1111/lands.12409).

"Marxism, Feminism, and Revolution," Vijay Prashad (ed.). Red October: The Russian Revolution and the Communist Horizon. New Dehli: LeftWord Books (2017): 209-227.

"Gender and violence," in Immanuel Ness and Saer Maty Ba (eds.)(2015). Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. New York: Palgrave: 1236-1247.

Carpenter, Sara and Shahrzad Mojab (2013), "What is 'Critical' about critical adult education?" in Tom Nesbit, Susan Brigham, Tara Gibb and Nancy Taber (eds.) Contexts of Adult Education: Canadian Perspectives. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing: 160-170.

Mojab, S and S. Carpenter, "Learning by dispossession: Democracy promotion and civic engagement in Iraq and United States," International Journal of Lifelong Learning, (2011) 30 (4):549-563.

"Adult education and the "matter" of consciousness in Marxist-Feminism." With Sara Carpenter, in Peter Jones (ed.), Marxism and Education: Renewing the Dialogue, Pedagogy, and Culture. New York: Palgrave MacMillan (2011): 117-140.

"Imperialism, 'Post-war Reconstruction' and Kurdish Women's NGOs," Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt (eds.) Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives. London, UK: Zed Books Publishers (2009): 99-128.

"Turning work and lifelong learning inside out: A Marxist-Feminist attempt," in Linda Cooper and Shirley Walters (eds.) Learning/Work: Turning Work and Lifelong Learning Inside Out. Cape Town, South Africa: Human Sciences Research Council