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Scholar, teacher, and activist, Shahrzad 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 and Europe and the conflict zones of the Middle East has deepened our understanding of gender relations, patriarchy, culture, and fundamentalisms.  A unique feature of Professor Mojab's work is making knowledge accessible to public through the use of arts such as story-telling, dance, drama, painting and film. 

Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, teaches at the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  She 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 Kurdistan. Before joining the University of Toronto in 1996, Shahrzad taught and worked at University of Windsor, Ryerson University, and Concordia University (Montreal).

Shahrzad'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, transnationality, and ethnicity 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 the former Director of the Women and Gender Institute at the University of Toronto (2003-2008).  She is also the past-President of the Canadian Association for the Studies of Adult Education. 

She is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010; 2008 Distinguished Contribution to Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Toronto.  In 2006 she was named Noted Scholar in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia.  In the same year the Student Administrative Council (SAC) of the University of Toronto recognized her commitments to equity and social justice by giving her the SAC Certificate.  Shahrzad was the first prize winner in the Women's WORLD writing contest, “Women's Voices in War Zones” in 2003 as well as being recognized as the Distinguished Visitor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

In recent years, Shahrzad has attempted to diversify the dissemination of her research results and has used the art form of dance, drama, storytelling, film, and visual arts to capture the experience, desires, and dreams of political prisoners and activists.

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