New College is delighted to announce four new appointments: Shahrzad Mojab will be at the helm of Equity Studies as the program’s director for a five-year term; Liz Newbery has received the appointment to lead the New College Writing Centre; Stanley Doyle-Wood is now assistant professor, teaching stream, cross-appointed in the Equity Studies and the Transitional Year programs; and Chandni Desai has taken on a term appointment as assistant professor in the Equity Studies program. Congratulations to all of them on their new roles!
Chandni Desai holds a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Comparative International Development Education from the University of Toronto (OISE). She held a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Social Justice Initiative in 2017. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division B. Dr. Desai is currently working on a book manuscript on Palestinian resistance culture across settler colonial territories. She is also working on an anthology on the relations among three freedom struggles (Palestine, South Africa, and the Black Freedom Movement in the United States) with the historian Dr. Barbara Ransby. Chandni Desai is a co-investigator on a SSHRC insight development grant that examines the extent with which anti-terrorism legislation in the United States and Canada complicates the balance between the agenda for national security along the rights and freedoms for activists.
In 2014-15, Desai was the Equity Studies Senior Doctoral Fellow. She has taught courses in Equity Studies that focus on youth, arts and activism and is the co-coordinator of the program’s Youth, Activism and Community initiative. She has also authored articles in journals such as Decolonization, Curriculum Inquiry and the Journal of Curriculum and Theorizing and has contributed chapters in books such as An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba, Education at War; Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and the Arts of the Possible; and Ruptures: Anti-colonial and Anti-racist Feminist Theorizing. She recently co-edited a special issue titled “Decolonization and Palestine” for Decolonization. For more than a decade, Dr. Desai has also worked as an active community organizer in social movements locally and globally.
Stanley Doyle-Wood earned his PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE, University of Toronto in 2011. He has taught as a sessional lecturer and CLTA in Equity Studies at New College and the Transitional Year Program from 2007 to 2018. Throughout this same period, Dr. Doyle-Wood has served as an academic advisor at the Transitional Year Program, supporting, guiding and mentoring students holistically within an anti-anti-Black racism and anticolonial critical equity framework. In the winter terms of 2015 and 2016 he served as the acting director of the Equity Studies program at New College. He concentrates his analytical focus and teachings on, among other areas, racial capitalism; the intersectionalities of oppression, struggle and resistance along the lines of (but not limited to) Indigeneity; race, class, gender, disability and sexuality; racialization and its intersectionalities; Indigenous knowledge; political economy; the embodiment of anger; critical anti-racism and anticolonial theory; Black studies; and grassroots community organizing/collaboration.
Doyle-Wood has received community recognition and teaching awards for this work, including an Eagle Feather awarded at the U of T 2017 Pow Wow, the ASSU Terry Buckland Award for Diversity and Equity in Education and the UTSU/APUS U of T Instructor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Doyle-Wood is also a finalist for the CBC Canadian Literary Awards poetry category and has received an award of excellence in equity from the City of Toronto for anti-racism organizing and practice at the early childhood level. He has participated in a wide range of collaborative partnerships at the community level. Dr. Doyle-Wood was the co-founder and co-editor of the critically received international electronic journal, The Julie Mango: International Journal of Creative Expressions, and has written and co-authored several articles and publications on racialization, coloniality and resistance in the context of education, including a children’s picture book titled Chisani.
Dr. Shahrzad Mojab is scholar, teacher and activist internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education; gender, state, migration and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is a professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She formerly served as the director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute (2003-2008), and as the interim principal of New College (2009-2010). She also received the Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010.
Her books include Youth as/in Crisis: Young People, Public Policy and the Politics of Learning (co-edited with Sara Carpenter, 2017); Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge (co-authored with Sara Carpenter, 2017); Marxism and Feminism (editor, 2015); Educating from Marx: Race, Gender and Learning (co-edited with Sara Carpenter, 2012); Women, War, Violence, and Learning (editor, 2010); Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges (co-edited with Nahla Abdo, 2004); Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism (co-edited with Himani Bannerji and Judith Whitehead, 2001); and Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds (editor, 2001), the first anthology on Kurdish women.
A unique feature of Shahrzad’s work is making knowledge accessible to public through the use of storytelling, dance, drama, painting and film. Her most recent Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research projects are “Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and ‘Regenerative Possibilities’” and “The Pedagogy and Policy of Refugee Youth Resettlement.” The Ontario Arts Council has funded a collaborative project of Shahrzad’s with Roshanak Jaberi and Doris Rajan, “No Woman’s Land,” which seeks to capture refugee women’s experience of sexual violence through dance.
Liz Newbery is no new face at the Writing Centre: she served as its associate director under Deborah Knott from 2015 to 2017 and then as the acting director between July 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018. During her time at the college, she has played an essential role in developing a series of innovative writing programs, including an undergraduate writing-for-publication group, writing retreats and academic orientation sessions. She has also built strong relationships with key courses in the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the programs in Human Biology, Equity Studies and African Studies. In all her work, she has a reputation for collaborating closely with other New College staff and faculty.
She earned a master’s degree in Education from OISE and is currently ABD (all but dissertation) in a PhD program in Language, Culture and Teaching at York University. She has published seven journal articles and book chapters that variously explore the dynamics of gender, class, race, sexuality and colonialism in experiential education contexts.