I am a scholar/activist and teach at the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. My 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. My approach to the study of race, gender, class, nationality, transnationality, and ethnicity is informed by feminist, and dialectical and historical materialism. I am critical of theoretical frameworks which treat race, gender, and class atomistically, and reduce them to the domains of discourse, text, language, or identity. I critique monopolies of knowledge and power in education, and advocate dialogical and inclusive pedagogical practices.
In recent years, I have attempted to diversify the dissemination of my research results and have used the art forms of dance, drama, storytelling, film, and visual arts to capture the experience, desires, and dreams of political prisoners and activists. I was the Director of the Women and Gender Institute at the University of Toronto (2003-2008) and the recipient of Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies (2010).
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