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Roozbeh Shirazi

Assistant Professor

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
315 Burton Hall


Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Areas of Interest

Youth citizenship, empowerment, and political participation
Cultural Studies
Secondary and post-secondary education in the Middle East and North Africa
Gender and education
Globalization, migration, and education
Curriculum development and teacher education


Coming to the field of comparative and international education from a background in political science, I have always sought to understand the social, political, and cultural labor that schools perform, with particular attention to how knowledge is produced about belonging and membership in diverse educational settings. My experiences as an elementary school teacher in a state-controlled district cultivated my interest in studying the cultural production of schooling through observing everyday experiences and collecting individual perspectives at the school-level with attention to the broader social, political, and policy environments in which they unfold. Although the bulk of my field experiences have been devoted to engaging with educational issues as they intersect with culture, politics, and development in the Middle East, my research interests are simultaneously transnational and transcultural, and highlight the effects of global migration on educational processes, practices, and sociopolitical outcomes.

I structure my classroom as a self-reflexive community of inquiry, in which students can identify, question, and reflect on their own beliefs, as well as play leading parts in shaping class discussions.  I am committed to advising and mentoring students as they creatively explore their areas of intellectual interest.  As an adviser, I welcome applications from potential students with interests in:

  • education and social change in the Middle East
  • youth citizenship and political participation
  • representation and social inclusion/exclusion
  • critical theory, postcolonial studies, and poststructuralist thought
  • globalization and migration
  • gender and development
  • transnational and diaspora studies


Professional Memberships


  • OLPD 8121—CIDE Doctoral Seminar
  • OLPD 8087—Globalization: Implications for Leadership & Learning in an Interconnected World
  • OLPD 8022—Education and Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives
  • OLPD 8015—Introduction to Inquiry
  • OLPD 5107—Gender, Education, and International Development
  • OLPD 5103—Comparative Education
  • OLPD 5061—Ethnographic Research Methods
  • OLPD 5057—Research in International Education


  • Institute of Advanced Studies Faculty Residential Fellowship
  • Institute of Advanced Studies Research Collaborative
  • Institute of Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Multicultural Research Award
  • College of Education and Human Development Faculty Research Award
  • Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development Research Innovation Grant
  • Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement Collaborative Grant

Selected Publications

  1. Hantzopoulos, M., Zakharia, Z., Shirazi, R., & Ghaffar, A. (forthcoming). Rethinking the region: New approaches to social studies curriculum on MENA. Social Studies Research and Practice

  2. Shirazi, R. (2014). The pedagogy of visibility: Constructs and contests of Iranianness in a community organized school in a large southern U.S. city.  Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 8(2), 108-124.

  3. Hantzopoulos, M., & Shirazi, R. (2014). Securing the state through the production of 'global' citizens: Analyzing neoliberal educational reforms in Jordan and New York. Policy Futures in Education, 12(3), 370-386

  4. Shirazi, R. (2013). Caught shopping while Iranian: Diasporic solidarity and the globalization of collective punishment. Jadaliyya. Arab Studies Institute. Retrieved from solidarity

  5. Shirazi, R. (2013). Beyond Mullahs and Persian Party People: The invisibility of being Iranian on TV. In B. Haddad & A. Iskendar (Eds.), Mediating the Arab uprisings. Washington DC: Tadween Publishing.

  6. Fayyaz, S., & Shirazi, R. (2013). Good Iranian, bad Iranian: Representations of Iran and Iranians in Time and Newsweek (1998-2009). Journal of Iranian Studies, 46(1), 53-72.

  7. Shirazi, R. & Borjian, M. (2012). Persian bilingual and community education among Iranian Americans in New York City. In O. Garcia, Z.  Zakharia, & B. Otcu (Eds.), Bilingual community education and multilingualism: Beyond heritage languages in a global city. Buffalo: Multilingual Matters. 

  8. Shirazi, R. (2012). Performing the ‘Knights of Change’: Jordanian male youth narratives and practices of citizenship in schools. Comparative Education, 48(1), 71-85.

  9. Updated January 2015