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Reva Joshee

Reva Joshee

PhD (University of British Colombia)
Associate Professor

Email: reva.joshee@utoronto.ca 
Tel: 416-978-1222


Professional Background:

Chair, Advisory Council, Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace since May, 2006.

Member of the Advisory Council since 1999.


Professor Joshee received a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, (1995).

I use the lens of education for peace as defined by Gandhian principles to work in areas of policy and diversity in Canada and elsewhere.

My general interests include education for peace, diversity, citizenship, policy, as well as photography and calligraphy.


I hope to work with students and colleagues to find ways to enact a pedagogy of ahimsa. Ahimsa is the term Gandhi used to define his approach to peace. While it is generally translated as "non-violence", it literally means "to not do harm".

Research Interests:

I am interested in democratic approaches to policy and education, as well as diversity and social justice policies in education.

Current projects include: Inclusive Schools (with Jim Ryan, OISE/UT), Citizenship for Adult Immigrants (with Joe Garcea, Univ. of Saskatchewan and James Frideres, Univ. of Calgary) and Comparative Historical Diversity Policies, Canada and the United States (with Lauri Johnson, Univ. of Buffalo).

Recent Publications:


Joshee, R. and Johnson, L. (eds.)(forthcoming, 2007). Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.


Joshee, R. and Johnson, L. (forthcoming, 2006). Historic Diversity and Equity Policies in Canada. In Tolley, K. (ed.) Community, Nation, and School: Historical and Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave.

Joshee, R. and Johnson, L. (2005). Multicultural Education in the United States and Canada: The Importance of National Policies. In Bascia, N., Cumming, A., Datnow, A., Leithwood, K., and Livingstone, D. (eds.) International Handbook of Educational Policy. Kluwer Academic Publishing.

Joshee, R., (2004). Citizenship and Multicultural Education in Canada: From Assimilation to Social Cohesion. In Banks, J.A. (ed.) Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, pp. 127-156.


Joshee, R. (forthcoming). Opportunities for Social Justice Work: The Ontario Diversity Policy Web. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations.

Joshee, R. and Derwing, T. (2005). The Unmaking of Citizenship Education for Adult Immigrants in Canada. Journal of International Migration and Integration, Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 61-80.

Joshee, R. (2003). A Framework for Understanding Diversity in Education in India. 'Race', Ethnicity and Education, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 283-297.