Fida Sanjakdar

Assoc Professor

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Fida Sanjakdar is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Culture and Society, in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her research expertise lies in the areas of critical sexuality education, the intersections between religion, culture and sexuality education, Islamic Education and Islamic schooling, teaching controversial issues and real- world ethics.

 She is the author of ‘Living West, Facing East: The (de)construction of Muslim Youth Sexual Identities’ (2011, Peter Lang, NY), lead author of 'Re-searching Margins: Ethics, Social Justice and Education' (with Gabriel Fletcher, Amanda Keddie and Ben Whitburn 2022, Routledge) and co-editor of ‘Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People’ (2018, Peter Lang, NY) with Professor Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip (University of Nottingham). She is currently leading an international edited volume on Critical Pedagogy in Education with Professor Michael Apple. 

Associate Professor Sanjakdar's peer reviewed research articles are published in leading educational journals such as Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Sex Education, International Journal of Research and Method in Education and British Journal of Educational studies, which span disciplinary fields such as culture, religion, psychology, sociology, youth studies and health.

Associate Professor Sanjakdar is Associate Editor of the prestigious journal 'Race, Ethnicity and Education' and on the editorial review board of other high-ranking journals including Curriculum Inquiry; Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education and The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies'. 

Associate Professor Sanjakdar is accepting PhD students: Please refer to the following website for more information:


Research interests

  • Critical Sexuality Education and Schooling
  • Islamic Education/Schooling
  • Cultural and Religious Education
  • Controversy and Ethics in Education
  • Curriculum Theory, Design and Development
  • Critical Theory and Pedagogy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Sexuality Education
  • Culture and Religion
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Critical Theory
  • Inclusive Education
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Ethics in education
  • Controversy in Education
  • Islamic schooling

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