Transnational Perspectives on Youth Citizenship, Schooling, and Social Change

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development invites you to join us for a talk and discussion by:

Dr. Roozbeh Shirazi

"Transnational Perspectives on Youth Citizenship, Schooling, and Social Change"

Wednesday, November 9, 12:00 p.m.
250 Wulling Hall

Includes lunch but please RSVP to nikoi049@umn.edu by Friday, November 4th.

Dr. Roozbeh Shirazi is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education (major field: Political Science) from Columbia University, where he examined the political and social dimensions of educational reform in Jordan from the perspectives of male secondary school students. Dr. Shirazi's research is interdisciplinary in its examination of globalization, educational policy, schooling, pedagogy, and forms of youth citizenship, particularly in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world. He is particularly interested in the ways that education intersects with movements toward democracy, human rights, and immigration reform.

As a former elementary school teacher, Dr. Shirazi has worked with socio-economically and linguistically-diverse learners in the U.S. and has designed instructional programs that strengthen diversity and facilitate participation in the classroom. He is committed to research, assessment, and teaching linked to social justice, educational equity, and cultural pluralism, and to incorporating school-level practices and voices into analyses of how educational systems are affected by global socio-political processes. He has explored these issues through consultancies with UNICEF and Save the Children in Afghanistan and with the Open Society Institute in Tajikistan.

Dr. Shirazi's active commitment to scholarship that links theory to practice has driven his participation in research and development projects pertaining to the internationalization of higher education. He has recently served as a curriculum consultant at CUNY-City College of New York on the development of a Masters of International Education program and at the College of Islamic Studies in the Maldives as it develops a liberal arts curriculum framework and enhances its faculty development program.


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