I'm a professor of history at Pace University in New York, mother of two, a visual artist and a certified nursery and pre-school educator (Sweden). I have over 12 years of teaching experience in higher education.
My teaching and research philosophy very much reflects my position on the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal education, and the itinerary of my own upbringing and training as a historian and anti-racist, feminist cultural critic—growing up in three different continents. I am personally and professionally committed to helping empower and educate students to critically understand the social formation of responsible citizenship. I believe an advanced liberal education can have a lasting influence on a person’s life, and I find that it is critical that as a teacher one helps channel that youthful energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity in an empowering and positive direction—not just to discover our past, but to rethink our future. In my teachings my purpose has always been to help students come to an understanding of their own lived experiences in relation to a much wider and more deep-rooted moral imagination, and to learn about the complexity of the challenges they will face in their lives in a vastly globalized world, and the multifaceted nature of their possibilities.
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Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies (May 2010) from Columbia University in the city of New York. Masters of Science in Women’s Studies (October 2001) from Bristol University, UK. A First Class B.A. Honors in Middle Eastern Studies (June 2000), from University Of Manchester, UK.
Where my heart lies: 1) Promoting multilingualism and motivating children to become lifelong readers. 2) Simplifying the way languages with the Perso-Arabic script are learned by children & taught by teachers/parents by offering my own kind of playful pedagogy--rooted in progressive applied linguistics. 3) Diversify children's media and empower children/youth by sharing my own stories of struggles as a child & teen—reminding children who've been bullied or discriminated that their very "disadvantages" is what, in Mina Javaherbin’s words makes them superheroes. I'm currently writing my very first children's book.