I am a Postdoctoral Visitor in the Faculty of Education at York University and a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ontario. I am also a secondary teacher at the Toronto District School Board and an advocate for a fully-funded anti-oppressive public education system.

At York University, I am working with Dr. Sue Winton on policy enactment and research the implementation of educational policy online during COVID-19 school closures.  I am also a steering committee member of the President’s Advisory Council on EDI as an appointed Post-Doc Representative, developing a university-wide EDI framework. As a member of the Institute for Research on Digital Literacies at York University, I am the Digital Learning, Technology and New Pedagogies cluster lead.

I hold a PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto (2019) and an MA in English from York University (2010). My dissertation research examined the relationship between e-learning and educational inequality in the Toronto District School Board. I am currently revising this dissertation for a book project with University of Toronto Press (2022).

My work studies schooling as a spatial arrangement and ordering system in which intersecting axes of privilege, domination, and oppression disciplines agency and shapes educational policy. Specifically, I am interested in how online learning reflects and impacts this arrangement and order, which is traditionally studied face-to-face, as well as the role of social movements and labour organizing in effecting change.

Concurrent projects include supporting Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae as Assistant Editor of the Routledge Performance Archive on the subject of Black Theatre and Performance. I am also on the steering committee and research team for “Toronto the Better: Renewing Local Democracy,” at the City Institute at York University, as well as incoming Chair for the Critical Geographies of Education American Association of Geographers Specialty Group.

To reach me, email bfarhadi@edu.yorku.ca

Twitter handle @BBfarhadi