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Viva Voce: Faculty Series- Dr. Arshad Ali



Viva Voce: Faculty Series was created to honor the importance of word-of-mouth storytelling that lies with the living voices, or viva voce. This month, we are honored to have Dr. Arshad Ali as our faculty Voice. Dr. Ali is an Associate Professor of Educational Research at GSEHD and works with colleges and universities, training students in bystander interventions, understanding the context of campus racial aggression, and how to address anti-Muslim racism and violence on campus. Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 27th, from 1-2 pm in the GWU Multicultural Student Services Center (800 21st St NW Suite 505, Washington, DC 20052) for this amazing event!


  • Arshad Ali is an educator, community worker, and scholar who studies youth culture, race, identity, and politics. He is Associate Professor of Educational Research at the George Washington University, where he directs the Education & Inequality PhD concentration. Dr. Ali’s research examines the construction of racial identities through exploring questions of democracy, liberalism, and modernity in the lives of youth. He has written extensively on issues relating to the cultural geography of Muslim student surveillance, citizenship, governmentality and other issues of coloniality and Muslims in Western spaces. He examines how economies of surveillance are scaled, both legally and ideologically, and how these scales of surveillance become manifest in the lives of Muslim youth in the United States. Dr. Ali is co-editor (with Teresa McCarty) of Critical Youth Research in Education: Methodologies of Praxis and Care and co-editor (with Tracy Lachica Buenavista) of Education at War: The Fight for Students of Color in America’s Public Schools, a collection of essays commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence." He earned a master’s degree at Harvard University and a doctorate at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Teachers College, Columbia University and University College London. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D, he served as the founding director of MAPS, a university based outreach and political education program working with students in South Los Angeles. He has actively been a part of youth, community and student organizing for over twenty years.