Dr. Özlem Sensoy

Professor, Faculty of Education

Associate Faculty, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, SFU

Associate Director, Centre for Education, Law and Society

Associate Faculty, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, History Department, SFU

Faculty Associate, The Social Justice Institute UBC

Equity Studies in Education graduate programs, Faculty of Education, SFU

Research Interests

My primary field of research is social justice education. Social justice education seeks to reveal how social inequities become embedded in the fabric of society, and to identify strategies for socially just change. My research examines the opportunities and barriers inherent in advancing a more equitable society, through social justice education. In doing so, I study a dual track: analyzing how inequities are reproduced in social institutions (such as schools, media, policing), and identifying constructive interventions to interrupt them (such as thinking critically about knowledge, pedagogical approaches, and political activism). 

My scholarship draws on and contributes to fields that include: social justice education, multicultural education, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, Islam & Middle East studies, popular culture, critical media literacy, feminist postcolonial theory, and visual research methods.