Dr Goli Rezai-Rashti

Professor

Profile

My research and teaching are in the field of sociology of education, with a focus on anti-racism, feminism, anticolonial, critical multicultural education, and the impact of globalization and neoliberal policy reform in education. My research and teaching on race, class, and gender grew out of my commitment to equity and social justice education. I received the Faculty Scholar’s Award from the University of Western Ontario for recognition of my achievement in teaching and research.

Currently I am working on 2 SSHRC funded research project; one working on accountability and large-scale testing and its impact on teachers, administrators and racialized students. The other project deals with the enactment of equity education policy in Ontario. I have published several books and numerous papers in refereed journals.

Expertise Areas

Research

SSHRC Funded Research

  • Accountability and the impact of standardized testing on equity education and the achievement of minority students in Canadian and Australian schools (with Wayne Martino, Bob Lingard and Fazal Rizvi)
  • Beyond the crisis of “failing boys”: Investigating which boys and which girls are underachieving (with Wayne Martino and Cameron McCarthy)
  • The influence of male elementary school teachers as role models (with Wayne Martino)
  • Women and higher education in post-revolutionary Iran 1979-2005
  • Globalization, educational restructuring, and curriculum reform in Ontario: An institutional ethnography
  • The woman teacher in Twentieth-Century Ontario

Recent Publications

Editorial Roles

Martino, W., Rezai-Rashti, G., & Lingard, B. (Guest editors). (2013). Gendering in gender Research: Methodological considerations. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 26(3-4).

Lingard, B., Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (Guest editors) (2013). Testing regimes, accountabilities .and education policy. Journal of Education Policy, 16(4).

Series Editor

Martino, W., Renold, E., Rezai-Rashti, G., Ringrose, J., & Rodriguez, N. (2014-present). Routledge Series Editors on Gender and Sexuality in Education.

Selected Books

Rezai-Rashti, G., & Mehran, G., Abdmolaei (Eds.). (2019). Women, Islam and education in Iran. New York: Routledge.

Lingard, B., Martino, W., Rezai-Rashti,G., & Sellar, S. (2016). Globalizing educational accountabilities. New York: Routledge.

Lingard, B, Martino, W & Rezai-Rashti, G. (Eds) (2016). Testing regimes, accountabilities and education policy. New York, London: Routledge.

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2012). Gender, race and the politics of role modelling: The influence of male teachers. New York: Routledge.

Selected Publications

Rezai-Rashti, G & Segeren, A. (2020)). The game of accountability: The perspectives of urban school leaders in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, International Journal of Leadership in Education:Theory and Practice.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1808711 .

Rezai-Rashti, G & Lingard, B. (2020).  Test-based accountability, standardized testing and racialized students’ perspectives in urban schools in Canada and Australia,  Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2020.1843112

Rezai-Rashti, G, Segeren, A & Martino. W. (2017). The new articulation of equity education in neoliberal times: The changing conception of social justice in Ontario. Globalisation, Societies and Education. 15(2), 160-174.

Rezai-Rashti, G, Segeren, A & Martino. W. (2016). The new articulation of equity education in neoliberal times: The changing conception of social justice in Ontario. Globalisation, Societies and Education.

Rezai-Rashti,G. (2015). The politics of gender segregation and women's access to higher education in the Islamic Republic of Iran: the interplay of repression and resistance. Gender and Education, 27(5), 469-486.

Rezai-Rashti, G, Segeren, A & Martino, W. (2015). Race and racial justice in Ontario education: Neoliberalism and strategies of racial invisibility. In S. Majhanovich & R. Malet (Eds.), Education for democracy in diversity, (pp. 141-158). Sense Publishers.

Rezai-Rashti, G. (2013). Iran: Women and higher education- Negotiating tradition and modernity. In Ahmed, M (Ed). Education in West Central Asia (pp.103-122). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Rezai-Rashti, G. (2013). Conducting field research on gender relations in a gender repressive state: A case study of gender research in Iran. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 26(4), 489-502.

Lingard, B., Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2013). Testing regimes, accountabilities and education policy: commensurate global and national developments. Journal of Education Policy, 28(5), 539-556.

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2013) ‘Gap talk’ and the global rescaling of educational accountability in Canada. Journal of Education Policy, 28(5), 589-611.

Martino, W., Rezai-Rashti, G., & Lingard, B. (2013). Introduction: Gendering in gender research in education: Methodological considerations. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 26(3-4), 391-399.

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2012). Rethinking the influence of male teachers: Investigating gendered and raced authority in an elementary school in Toronto. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 34 (5), 258-281.

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2012). Neo-liberal accountability and boys’ underachievement: Steering education policy by numbers in the Ontario context. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16 (4), 423-440.

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2012) Introduction. International Journal of Inclusive Education. Special Issue: Minority and female voices in schools – interrogating the politics of boys’ education, 16(4), 353-355. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2011.555089

Martino, W. & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2012) Neo-liberal accountability and boys’ underachievement: Steering education policy by numbers in the Ontario context. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16 (4), 423-440. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2011.555097

Rezai-Rashti, G. (2011). Iranian women’s increasing access to higher education but limited participation in the job market. Middle East Critique, 20(1), 83-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/19436149.2011.544538

Rezai-Rashti, G., & Martino, W. (2010). Black male teachers as role models: Resisting the homogenizing impulse of gender and racial affiliation. American Educational Research Journal, 47(1), 37-64.

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2010). Male teacher shortage: Black teachers’ perspectives. Gender and Education, 22(3), 247-262. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540250903474582

McCarthy, C., Rezai-Rashti, G., & Teasley, C. (2009). Race, diversity, and curriculum in the era of globalization. Curriculum Inquiry, 39(1), 75-96. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ825131

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2008). The politics of veiling, gender and Muslim Subject: On the limits and possibilities of antiracist education in the aftermath of September 11. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(3), 417-431. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596300802259178

Rezai-Rashti, G., & McCarthy, C. (2008). Race, text, and the politics of official knowledge: critical investigation of a social science textbook in Ontario. Discourse: Journal of Culture and Society, 29(4), 527-540. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596300802410243

Rezai-Rashti, G. (2007). Transcending the limitations: Women and the post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, 16(2), 191-206. https://doi.org/10.1080/10669920701378895

Rezai-Rashti, G. (guest editor) (2004). Educational restructuring in the era of globalization. Canadian and International Education, 33(1).

Brunt, A., Crosby, A., Giles, W., Korac, M., Juteau, D., Rezai-Rashti, G., & Treviranus, B., (guest Editorial Board). (2000). Women in Conflict Zones . Canadian Woman Studies,19(4). https://www.amazon.com/Women-Conflict-Zones-Canadian-Studies/dp/B003C4W91O

Selected Special Issues of Journal (Guest Editor)

Martino, W., Rezai-Rashti, G., & Lingard, B. (Guest editors). (2013). “Gendering in gender Research: Methodological considerations”. International Journal ofQualitative Studies in Education, 26, 3-4.

Lingard, B., Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (Guest editors) (2013). “Testing regimes, accountabilities .and education policy”. Journal of Education Policy, 16(4).

Martino, W., & Rezai-Rashti, G. (Guest editors) (2011). “The politics of boys’ education: including the voices of girls, minority boys and teachers”. International Journal of Inclusive Education (special issue), 16(4).

Selected Editorial Boards

Gender and Education
Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education (Editorial Advisory Board)

Refereed Journals Publications

Rezai-Rashti, G & Segeren, A. (2020)). The game of accountability: The perspectives of urban school leaders in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, International Journal of Leadership in Education:Theory and Practice.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1808711 .

Rezai-Rashti, G & Lingard, B. (2020).  Test-based accountability, standardized testing and racialized students’ perspectives in urban schools in Canada and Australia, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2020.1843112

Rezai-Rashti, G, Segeren, A & Martino. W. (2017). The new articulation of equity education in neoliberal times: The changing conception of social justice in Ontario. Globalisation, Societies and Education. 15(2), 160-174. 

Rezai-Rashti,G. (2015). The politics of gender segregation and women's access to higher education in the Islamic Republic of Iran: the interplay of repression and resistance. Gender and Education, 27(5), 469-486.

Chapters in Refereed Books

Abdmolaei, S & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2020). Women in Canadian higher education: The paradox of gender parity and equity. In Christine Fontanini, K.M.Joshi & Saeed Paivandi (Eds), International Perspectives on Gender and Higher Education: Student Access and Success (pp. 273-290)., Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Rezai-Rashti, G & Fereidouni, S. (2019). The voices of female students in Iranian universities: The unintended consequences of university education . In Rezai-Rashti, G, Mehran, G & Abdmolaei, S (Eds) Women, Islam and education in Iran, (pp .35-50). New York: Routledge.

Rezai-Rashti, G. (2019). Introduction: Women, Islam and education. In Rezai-Rashti, G, Mehran, G & Abdmolaei,S, (Eds). Women, Islam and education in Iran, (pp. 1-14). New York: Routledge.

Rezai-Rashti, G, Segeren, A &Martino, W. (2015). Race and racial justice in Ontario education: Neoliberalism and strategies of racial invisibility. In S. Majhanovich & R. Malet (Eds.), Education for democracy in diversity, (pp. 141-158).  Sense Publishers.

Rezai-Rashti, G, Segeren, A &Martino, W. (2015). Race and racial justice in Ontario education: Neoliberalism and strategies of racial invisibility. In S. Majhanovich & R. Malet (Eds.), Education for democracy in diversity, (pp. 141-158).  Sense Publishers.

Teaching and Supervision

Recent Courses Taught

Graduate:

  • PhD Seminar: Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity in Education
  • Globalization and Education
  • Theories of Education
  • Postcolonial Theories and Critical Approaches in Women Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Equity and Social Justice in Education

Teacher Education:

  • Teaching for Equity and Social Justice
  • Urban Schools                                
  • Critical and Transformative Pedagogies

Recent Courses Taught

Melanie Mezier, “The experiences of faculty members and administrators in the era of neoliberal accountability in higher education in Canada”. Faculty of Education, UWO (Completed 2021)

Shirin Abdmolaei, “Racialized women’s experiences with sexual violence: An intersectional analysis.” Faculty of Education, UWO (Completed 2020)

Vi Vo, “Interrupting the “model minority” narrative: Voices of Vietnamese- Canadian youth”,
Faculty of Education, UWO (Completed 2019)

Courtney Brewer, “The use of social and cultural capital as refugee parents transition their children to Ontario schools”, Faculty of Education, UWO (Completed 2019)

Phillipa Myers, “The persistence of Latin American female students in higher education in Canada: an intersectional analysis”, Faculty of Education, UWO (Completed 2019)

Bailing Zhang, “The quest for world-class universities in China: Examining faculty members’ subjectivities under the logics of neoliberal globalization” (Co-supervision with Wayne Martino), Faculty of Education, UWO (Completed 2018)

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