Dr Sahar Sattarzadeh
Research Associate

Sahar D. Sattarzadeh is an assistant professor of Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies of the Core Division at Champlain College, which is located on the traditional lands of the N’dakina (Abenaki/Abénaquis) peoples of the Wabanaki Confederacy (Burlington, Vermont, United States) and a research associate at the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on the traditional lands of the Khokhoi, San, and later AmaXhosa. She believes that scholarship and teaching have the capacity to serve as a form of "activism," an ever-evolving means to achieving social transformation. In her research, teaching, speaking, and writing of critical comparative global and transnational disparities, she explores relationships between resilience, resistance, oppression, and liberation. Addressing issues of (in)justice and (in)equity within in/formally designed education and knowledge structures—especially higher education—of society pivot her approach. Within an inter-/trans-disciplinary realm, it is her aim to reconceptualise knowledges and practices, particularly within the context of disenfranchisement. Her work intersects sociologies of education and knowledge with critical ethnic studies, social movement/activism studies, media, and science and technology studies. In her new academic position at Champlain College, Dr Sattarzadeh was appointed as a member of the curriculum revision committee and was tasked with designing a new compulsory course for all first-year students that offers a critical comparative global approach to the study of higher education, which is scheduled to launch in August 2020.

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