I am a Research Cluster Lead for Community Engagement and Public Scholarship at the IRDL, 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.

I continue to publish research with Dr. Sue Winton on policy enactment and the implementation of educational policy online during COVID-19 school closures. During my 2-year tenure as a Postdoctoral Fellow, I was 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.

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.

My work studies schooling and educational policy as an ordering system through which privilege, domination, and oppression disciplines agency. Specifically, I am interested in how online learning reproduces and reflects inequalities in schooling, which is traditionally studied face-to-face, as well as the role of social movements and labour organizing in effecting change.

I am also a member of the Critical Geographies of Education American Association of Geographers Specialty Group.

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

Twitter handle @BBfarhadi