Professor of Philosophy of Education, Stellenbosch University

Prof Nuraan Davids is the Chairperson of the Department of Education Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. Her research interests include philosophy of education; democratic citizenship education; Islamic education; and ethics in education, with a particular focus on educational policy, gender, theory and practice, management and leadership inquiry. She is an Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Higher Education; an Editorial Board Member of Ethics and Education - the international journal of the International Network of Philosophers of Education; and serves as a reviewer of the American Educational Research Association: Philosophical Studies in Education SIG. She is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA); the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB); and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Her recent books are:

Tolerance and Dissent within Education: On cultivating Debate and Understanding. (New York & London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) (with Y. Waghid).

Education, assessment and the desire for dissonance. (New York & London: Peter Lang Publishing, 2017) (with Y. Waghid).

Philosophy and education as action: Implications for Teacher Education. (Lanham, MD (US): Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Series) (with Y. Waghid).

Ethical dimensions of Muslim education. (New York & London: Palgrave MacMiillan, 2016) (with Y. Waghid).

Women, cosmopolitanism, and Islamic education: On the virtues of education and belonging (New York & London: Peter Lang, 2013)

Citizenship, education and violence: On disrupted potentialities and becoming (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers, 2013) (with Y. Waghid)

Educational leadership-in-becoming: On the potential of leadership in action. New York & London: Routledge (in press) (with Y. Waghid).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education, Stellenbosch University


  • 2012 
    Stellenbosch University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation
  • Cape Town, South Africa
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