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Sarfaroz Niyozov

Associate Professor, OISE, University of Toronto

Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov's areas of research are education in post-Soviet countries, educational reform in developing countries, policy borrowing and lending, and the experiences of teachers working with Muslim students in multicultural classrooms.
He is an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development as well as of Comparative, International and Development Education at OISE, University of Toronto.
Niyozov completed his Honors' Degree in Arabic Philology from Tajik State University in 1983, a graduate study in Arabic Philology (1988-1992), a certificate in Arabic Language Teaching from University of Tunisia (1992-93), Master’s in Education from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan (1995), and PhD in education from OISE, University of Toronto.

Sarfaroz worked as a translator in the Middle East (1980-81; 1984-88), taught at Dushanbe and Khorog State Universities (1989-1993), Aga Khan University (1994-95; & 2015-2018) and OISE University of Toronto (2005- present); He also worked as the founding coordinator of Central Asian Studies Unit at Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK ( 2001-2005); co-director of CIDEC at OISE (2008-2013); editor of Curriculum Inquiry ( 2013-2015); and Director (dean) of the Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University (2015-2018).

Niyozov has been a member of the boards of scholarly societies such as Comparative International Education Society (CIES), Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) and World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES).

He has taught courses on Global Education, Transnational Perspectives on Democracy, Human Right and Citizenship Education, Comparative and International Education, Religious Education, Teacher Development, Curriculum Studies, and Research and Knowledge Production in Non-Western Contexts.

Dr. Niyozov has more than 70 publications, which include four co-edited books, one co-authored book, journal articles and book chapters. His most recent publications include co-edited volumes: Leaning from Implementation of Education Reforms in Pakistan: Implications for Policy and Practice. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2018; Education Policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan: Lexington Books (2017); and an upcoming volume Globalization in the Margins. Education and Post-Socialist Transformations in Central Asia, Charlotte NC: IAP Publishing (2019). Niyozov speaks fluently in Tajik (Dari/Persian), Arabic, Russian, English, and has a working knowledge of Urdu.


  • –present
    Associate Professor , University of Toronto


    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto , Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; Comparative