Shirin Abdmolaei

Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
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I received my Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario in Education Studies, with a focus on Critical Policy and Equity Studies. My research and teaching interests broadly span equity and social justice education and are largely informed through intersectional, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive frameworks and methodologies. My research and teaching is particularly concerned with race, gender, and socioeconomic issues across K-12 education, higher education, and education policies. More specifically, my research has focused on understanding how standardized testing has contributed to maintaining racial and class inequities in education; critically analyzing and examining equity policies in the context of Ontario schools; and understanding gender inequities in higher education.


  • PhD, Education Studies
    University of Western Ontario

Scholarly & Creative Works

  • A critical policy analysis of Ontario’s equity and inclusive education strategy: The dynamics of nonperformativity.
    2021, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Leadership Studies
    Rezai-Rashti, G.M., Zheng, B., Abdmolaei, S., & Segeren, A
  • “Porter son identité á l’ére de la mondialisation: Politiques du voile et de la mode en contextes musulman et occidental” [Wearing identity in the time of globalism: The politics of the veil and fashion in Muslim and Western contexts].
    2018, Anthropologie et Sociétés,
    Abdmolaei, S., & Hoodfar, H.
  • “(Re)Fashioning resistance: Women, dress and sexuality in Iran.”
    2014, Anthropology of the Middle East
    Abdmolaei, S.
  • Chic resistance: Women, fashion, and politics in Iran.
    Abdmolaei, S.
  • Women, Islam, and education in Iran.
    Rezai-Rashti, G.M., Mehran, G., & Abdmolaei, S. (Eds.).
  • Women in Canadian higher education: The paradox of gender parity and equity. In
    2021, International perspectives on gender and higher education: Student access and success (C. Fontanin, S. Paivandi, & K. Joshi Eds.)
    Abdmolaei, S., & Rezai-Rashti, G.M.
  • Global testing regimes: Accountability, standardization, racial inequality and the rise of audit culture.
    2023, International encyclopedia of education R. Tierney, F. Rizvi, K. Ercikan, & G. Smith Eds.)
    Rezai-Rashti, G.M., & Abdmolaei, S.

Research Interests

Equity, standardized testing, critical policy analysis, sociology of education