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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Reva Joshee

Reva Joshee
Associate Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-1222

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Centre for Leadership and Diversity

Research Overview

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

Current projects include: Peace and Human Rights Learning Exchange (with several community based groups and scholars from India and Canada); Transnationalizing Spaces and Their Implications for Citizenship Education Policy in Canada, Australia and India (with Fazal Rizvi, university of Melbourne and Leigh-Anne Ingram, OISE)

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Professor Joshee received a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, (1995). Prior to coming to OISE, she taught at University of British Columbia and University of Washington, Seattle.

Teaching Overview

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 in thought, word, or deed".

Representative Publications


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


Joshee, R. and Thomas, M. (forthcoming 2017) Multivcultural and citizenship education in Canada: Providing an alternative to social cohesion, in J.A. Banks (ed) Diversity and citizenship education, Routledge.

Joshee, R. and Sihra, K. (2013) Shakti as an educative and liberatory force for Hindu women  in Z. Gross, L. Davies, and K. Diab (eds) Gender, Religion and Education, Springer.


Pashby, K., Ingram, L.A., & Joshee, R. (2014) Discovering, recovering and covering up Canada: Tracing historical discourses in K-12 and adult immigrant citizenship education. Canadian Journal of Education, 37 (2), 1-26. 

Joshee, R. (2012) Challenging neoliberalism through Gandhian trusteeship. Critical Studies in Educaiton 53(1), 71-82.

Joshee, R. and Sinfield, I. (2010) The Canadian multicultural policy web:Lessons to learn, pitfalls to avoid. Multicultural Educaiton Review 2(1), 55-75.

Honours and Awards

Honourary Fellow, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies (named in 2006)

2008 American Educational Studies Critics' Choice Award for Multicultural education policies in Canada and the United States (UBC, 2007, co-edited with Lauri Johnson)

Professional Activities

International Consultant and Advisory Committee Member for the Missionaries of Nonviolence Foundation, India since 2006

Chair, Advisory Council, Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace since May, 2006.
Member of the Advisory Council since 1999.