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Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Through my research and teaching, I have been seeking to promote the meaningful inclusion of marginalized groups, epistemologies, and perspectives in various contexts.

Within the field of education and curriculum studies, I focus on the inclusion of systematically and historically marginalized narratives, perspectives, and epistemologies in educational systems and curricula in Egypt and North America. Within the social entrepreneurship and civil society fields, I have been focusing on the meaningful inclusion and active participation of young people in Egypt and the Middle East.

Anchored in curriculum studies, my research interests include social studies and citizenship education, extracurricular historical narratives, historical consciousness, critical pedagogy, critical discourse and textual analyses, and civic engagement of youth.

A key research agenda that I have been developing and dedicating much energy to the past few years relates to analyzing representations of ancient 'pagan' and Indigenous Spiritualities in educational contexts where Abrahamic faiths are predominant. I have published on this topic in top-tier academic journals, including Theory and Research in Social Education (TRSE), Journal of Curriculum Studies, and Multicultural Perspectives. I have also published some related opinion pieces in the Montreal Gazette, as well as longer opinion pieces in the award-winning Egyptian website 'Mada Masr'.

To further develop this research agenda and contribute to this highly understudied question, I am currently involved in two related book projects. First, I am collaborating with a group of prominent Egyptian Egyptologists on an Edited Volume analyzing representations and reception of ancient Egypt among modern-day Egyptians (The American University in Cairo Press - expected publication: 2021). Second, I am working on another Edited Volume with Prof. Theodore G. Zervas (North Park University) focusing on examining representations of ancient pagan and Indigenous Spiritualities in educational curricula across various global contexts (University of Toronto Press - expected publication: 2022).

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Education

  • 2019 
    McGill University, PhD in Educational Studies