Concordia University

Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, PhD

Associate Professor, Education

Office: S-FG 6317 
Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building,
1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5327
Website(s): Teaching about Extremism, Terror, and Trauma

Dr. Arshad-Ayaz is a post-colonial critical theorist. She has taught for universities in Pakistan (Humdard University), Canada (McGill University, Bishops University, University of Regina and Concordia University) and the United Kingdom (external program University of London, London School of Economics (LSE).

Dr. Arshad-Ayaz’s research and teaching practice draws from a number of theoretical traditions, including critical theory, critical pedagogy, feminist theory, post-colonial, and other global discourses.  

Her previous anthropological background and work experience directs her analyses to focus on the social, cultural, historical, political and economic dynamics of a particular context that affect teaching and learning. In the area of comparative and international education her research demonstrates the importance of context in providing an understanding of not what works in education but what works under what context.

Dr. Arshad-Ayaz’s published work explores education policies and programs especially those related to the introduction of educational technology in Pakistan and other developing countries.  Dr. Arshad-Ayaz has also published on the impact of globalization on education policies and practices in North American and European context.


PhD Comparative and International Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University
MSc Anthropology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
BA Psychology, Political, University of the Punjab

Professional experience

Assistant Professor
Department of Education, Concordia University, Montreal. Since August 2009
Faculty of Education. University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada June 2008-August 2009

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education McGill University.  2008
School of Education, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, 2007.

Visiting Faculty in Sociology
Faculty of Education, Humdard University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 2005
(University of London, B.Sc. Management Course) at University College of Islamabad. 1996-1999.
(University of London, Management & Economics) at Alta Vista College, Islamabad.  1998-1999.

Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education McGill University. 2003, 2004.

Visiting Faculty in Organization Theory
(University of London, B.Sc. Management) at University College of Islamabad. 1996-1999.

Courses taught

Politics of Education, Concordia University
Diversity in AdultEducation, Concordia University
Education for GlobalCitizenship, Concordia University 
Cross-cultural Education, University of Regina
Education and Multicultural Society, University of Regina
Globalization, Education and Change, McGill University
Issues in Higher Education, McGill University
Current Issues in Education, Bishop’s University
Philosophical Foundations of Education, McGill University
Intercultural Education, McGill University
Women, Education and Development, McGill University
University of London B.Sc. Management Courses:
Sociology at University College of Islamabad. 1996-1999
Organization Theory at University College of Islamabad. 1996-1999.

Selected publications

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