Associate Professor

Riyad A. Shahjahan is a faculty member in higher, adult and lifelong education (HALE). His areas of expertise are in globalization and higher education, teaching and learning in higher education, embodiment, critical social justice, and de/anti/postcolonial theory. He takes a critical studies approach to studying HE. By conducting both empirical and theoretical work, he focuses on (a) the role of international organizations (IOs) in globalizing HE policy through empirical/theoretical analyses of IOs’ current policy initiatives and (b) rethinking the traditional objects of study/practice (globalization, pedagogy, and embodiment) in HE. His research strives to illuminate the underlying explicit/implicit meanings and consequences of HE theory, practice, and policy. He also critiques the underlying larger sociopolitical contexts shaping HE institutions and practices intersecting with colonial power/knowledge relations.