Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education
Shabnam Koirala-Azad explores social and educational
(in)equities through a transnational lens. Through ethnography and
participatory research, her work critically examines the
experiences of South Asian students and families in schools and
society, as they experience shifting identities and navigate
through structural inequities in various geographic, social and
political spaces. By examining their realities in both home and
host country contexts, she offers new ideas for transnational
social action and highlights methodologies that directly address
concerns with power and representation. As a mother-scholar, she is
also interested in scholarship with an asset-based understanding of
how mothering enriches careers in academia.
Ph.D., Education - Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Education - Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Credential, Massachusetts Educator Certificate, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
B.A., Psychology and Education, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Globalization and transnationalism; immigration and education; global citizenship; social and cultural theory; international comparative education; gender, education and social change; qualitative approaches to research.
- Immigration & Forced Displacement
- Participatory Critical Pedigogy Research
- International Perspectives on Area Studies Education
- Gender and Globalization
Koirala-Azad, S. & Fuentes. E. (eds.) (Forthcoming 2012). Human
Rights Education Praxis. Peace
Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 24 (1).
Koirala-Azad, S. & Fuentes, E. (Forthcoming 2012).
Graduate Studies in Human Rights Education: Extending the Social
Justice Discourse in higher education. Peace Review: A Journal of Social
Justice, 24 (1).
Koirala-Azad, S. & Blundell, J. (2011). Examining concepts of
choice and motivation in the discourse on the globalization of
higher education." Intercultural
Education, 22(3), p135-148.
Koirala-Azad, S. & Fuentes E. H. (eds.) (2010). Activist
Scholarship: Possibilities and Constraints of Participatory Action
Research. Social Justice,
Koirala-Azad, S. (2010). "Exploring the intersection of
philanthropy, research and scholarship in a 'third
world' context." In Koirala-Azad & Fuentes (eds.)
Activist Scholarship: Possibilities and constraints of
Participatory Action Research. Social Justice, vol.36, no.4, p.
Koirala-Azad, S. (2008). "From traitor to collaborator: Nepali
social action in the context of immigration, transnationalism and
Diaspora." Social Justice,
vol. 35, No.4, p.107-122.
Koirala-Azad, S. (2008). "Unraveling our realities: Nepali students
as researchers and activists." Asia Pacific Journal of
Education, vol. 28, no.3, p. 251-265.
Stern, D. & Koirala, S. (2003). Nonformal Education for Working
Children. Paper presented at the National Academy of
Sciences' (NAS) Committee on International Labor Standards
Conference in April 2003. Published in NAS handbook.
Koirala-Azad, S. (2011). Changing definitions of student learning
and achievement in post-conflict Nepal. In J.A.C. Hattie (Ed.),
International handbook of student
achievement. London: Routledge.
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