Dr. Özlem Sensoy becomes Director of CCEJ

Dr. Özlem Sensoy has served alongside Dr. Wanda Cassidy as the Associate Director of CELS since 2014. Upon Dr. Cassidy’s retirement and the renaming of CELS, Dr. Sensoy stepped in to the role of inaugural director of the Cassidy Centre for Educational Justice. Dr. Sensoy received her PhD from the University of Washington’s College of Education 2004. She is an associate member of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies department and affiliated faculty with the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies in the History department, at SFU. Her primary field of research is social justice education. Social justice education seeks to reveal how inequities become embedded in the fabric of society, and to identify strategies to advance change for greater justice. Her research examines the opportunities and barriers inherent in advancing a more equitable and just society, through social justice education. Her work occurs along two parallel trajectories: analyzing how inequities are reproduced in social institutions (such as schools, universities, media, policing), and identifying constructive interventions to interrupt them (such as developing social awareness via pedagogical approaches, institutional literacy, and political/civic action). Her research has been published in journals including Radical PedagogyRethinking SchoolsGender & EducationRace Ethnicity and Education, and the Harvard Educational Review. She is the co-author of the award winning books: Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education; and Muslim Voices in School: Narratives of Identity and Pluralism. Graduate students, postdocs, or visiting scholars interested in working with Dr. Sensoy can make inquiries through the Equity Studies in Education graduate programs.

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