- Philosophy and Sociology of Education
- Intellectual History(ies) in Global Perspective
- Religious and Values Education
- Social Justice and Ethics
- Educational Development and Innovation
- Craft and Aesthetics
University of Cambridge
MPhil: Educational Research Methods
University of Cambridge
MSc: International and Comparative Education
University of Oxford
London School of Economics, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
I am interested in how knowledge is conceived, shared and transmitted for human growth and actualisation. In my work I adopt a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and ‘global’ approach to the philosophy and sociology of education.
One key area of my research is examining the relationship between educational institutions and social justice. I am especially interested in the University as an institution dedicated to social good. In my forthcoming book on this subject, The University of Imaginations, I argue that the University can uphold its role as a generator of social betterment by adhering to more clear principles or ideals of why it exists, particularly as regards its role in fostering imagination.
My interest in Education stems from a deeper philosophical inquiry into what it means to be human. The formation of a person, as conceived through different educational philosophies and models, forms the core of my current postdoctoral research project at the Center for Islamic Theology. My co-edited volume on Philosophies of Islamic Education and various articles and book chapters in this field, explore both philosophy, or how Islamic societies have understood knowledge itself, and sociology, or how knowledge is transmitted and shared within Islamic societies both past and present. In this latter area in particular, I am currently working on a second book which explores how ethics, life and learning collapse together into broader visions of community and society within Islamic educational practice.
I have over fifteen years of experience working in curriculum development, non-profit urban and rural educational projects in the USA, UK and Pakistan, teacher training and educational innovation. Currently I am heading two large educational development projects. In 2019 I received a 150,000 Euros grant to launch a three year, international teaching exchange and training program from student-teachers of religious education in Germany to dialogue and learn with RE teachers in the UK and Bosnia. I am also developing a second project, along with a colleague in Art and Archaeology here at the Center, which will allow students to explore global practices of ‘craft and making’, in order to learn how knowledge is transmitted through person-to-person ‘embodied’ practice. The aim of this project is to enable students to conceive of teaching and learning as means towards the formation of character and as processes that allow for increased value and meaning in the human experience.