Professor & Department Head

Education

McGill University, 1998, PhD
Concordia University, 1993, MA
Concordia University, 1990, BA, (Cum Laude)

Awards

McCalla Professorship, University of Alberta
Coutts Clarke Research Fellowship, University of Alberta
Graduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
Undergraduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
FCAR Doctoral Fellowship, Government of Quebec

Selected Publications

Books

Shizha, Edward & Abdi, Ali A. (Eds.) (2014). Indigenous discourses on development in Africa. New York: Routledge. 256 pages.

Ghosh, Ratna & Abdi, Ali A., (2013) Education and the politics of difference: select Canadian perspectives, 2nd edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. 204 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. & Carr, Paul (Eds.) (2013). Educating for democratic consciousness: counter-system analyses. New York: Peter Lang. 292 pages.

Hebert, Yvonne & Abdi, Ali (Eds.) (2013). Critical perspectives on international education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 414 pages.

Wright, Handel & Abdi, Ali A. (Eds.) (2012). The Dialectics of African Education and Western Discourses: counter-hegemonic perspectives. New York: Peter Lang. 206 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. (Ed.) (2012). Decolonizing philosophies of education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 208 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. & Shultz, Lynette (Eds.) (2008). Educating for human rights and global citizenship. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 256 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. & Guo, Shibao (Eds.) (2008). Education and social development: global issues and analyses. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 262 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. & Kapoor, Dip (Eds.) (2008). Global perspectives on adult education. New York; Palgrave Macmillan. 284 pages.

Abdi, Ali A., Puplampu, Korbla P. & Dei, George J.S. (Eds.) (2006). African Education and globalization: critical perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 222 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. & Cleghorn, Ailie (Eds.) (2005). Issues in African education: sociological perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 320 pages.

Abdi, Ali A. (2002). Culture, education, and development in South Africa: historical and contemporary perspectives. Westport, CT & London: Bergin & Garvey. 232 pages.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

Abdi, Ali A. & Shultz, Lynette (2013). Youth, social engagement and citizenship in Canada: educational challenges and alternatives. Sisyphus: Journal of Education, 1(2), 54-74.

Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Decolonizing educational and social development platforms in Africa. African and Asian Studies, Vol. 12, 64-82.

Abdi, Ali A. & Shultz, Lynette (2010). (Re) imagining a shared future through education for global social justice. International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, Vol VII (1), 128-137.

Abdi, Ali A. (2009). Education and social development: global perspectives. Canadian and International Education, 38(2), 1-22.

Abdi, Ali A. (2010). Globalization, culture and development: perspectives on Africa. Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 2(1), 1-26.

Abdi, Ali A. (2009). Re-centering the philosophical foundations of knowledge: the case of Africa and the global role of teachers. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 55(3), 269-283.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). Europe and African thought systems and philosophies of education: ‘reculturing’ the trans-temporal discourses. Cultural Studies, 22(2), 309-327.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). Democratic development and prospects for citizenship education: theoretical perspectives on Sub-Saharan Africa. Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, 39(2), 151-166.

Abdi, A. (2007). Global multiculturalism: Africa and the recasting of the philosophical and epistemological plateaus. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, 1 (4), 1-14.

Abdi, Ali A. & Ellis, Lee (2007). Education and Zambia’s democratic development: reconstituting ‘something’ from the predatory project of neo-liberal globalization. Alberta journal of Educational Research, 53(3), 287-301.

Abdi, Ali A. (2006). Eurocentric discourses and African philosophies and epistemologies of education: counter-hegemonic responses and analyses. International Education, 36(1), 15-31.

Abdi, Ali A, Shizha, Edward & Bwalya, Ignatio (2006). Recasting postcolonial citizenship through civic education: Critical perspectives on Zambia. International Education, 35(2), 47-64.

Abdi, Ali A., Ellis, Lee & Shizha, Edward (2005). Democratic development and the role of citizenship education in Sub-Saharan Africa with a case focus of Zambia. International Education Journal, 6(4), 454-466.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Apartheid and education in South Africa: select analyses. Western Journal of Black Studies, 27(2), 89-97.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Reconstructing the Somali state: the promise (and possible pitfalls) of federalism. Horn of Africa Journal, XXI(I), 20-29.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Dominant discourses and African philosophies of education: a postcolonial criticism. Journal of postcolonial education, 2(1), 23-38.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Searching for development education in Africa: select perspectives on Somalia, South Africa and Nigeria. International Education Journal, 4(3) 192-200.

Abdi, Ali A. (2002). Postcolonial education in South Africa: problems and prospects for multicultural development. Journal of Postcolonial Education, 1(1), 9-26.

Abdi, Ali A. (2001). Qualitative methodology, the historical sociologist and oral societies: reassessing the reliability of remembered “facts” [30 paragraphs – 14 printable pages]. Forum: Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research [Online journal] 2(3). Available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs-eng.htm.

Abdi, Ali A. (2001). Identity in the philosophies of Dewey and Freire: select analyses. Journal of Educational Thought, 35(2), 181-200.

Abdi, Ali A. (2001). Integrated education and black development in post-apartheid South Africa: critical analyses. Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, 31(2), 229-244.

Abdi, Ali A. (2000). Somalia at the mercy of “Little Leaguers”: Some African countries perpetuating the continuing de-institutionalization of Somalia. Horn of Africa Journal, XVII:1-4, 1-18.

Abdi, Ali A. (1999). Identity formations and deformations in South Africa: a historical and contemporary overview. Journal of Black Studies, 30(2), 147-163.

Abdi, Ali A. (1999). Frantz Fanon and postcolonial realties: a temporal perspective. Wasafiri, Vol. 30, pp. 8-11.

Abdi, Ali A. (1998). Education in Somalia: history, destruction and calls for reconstruction. Comparative Education, 34(3), 327-340.

Abdi, Ali A. (1998). Economic liberalization and women’s education: prospects for post-apartheid South Africa. McGill Journal of Education, 33(1), 71-84.

Abdi, Ali A. (1997). The rise and fall of Somali nationalism: from traditional society to fragile nationhood to post-state “fiefdoms.” Horn of Africa Journal, XV(1-4), 34-80.

 

Book Chapters

Abdi, Ali A. (forthcoming), The Problematic conceptualizations and constructions of poverty: select global analysis. In S. Haymes, M. de Haymes & R. Miller (Eds.), Routledge handbook on poverty and the United States. New York: Routledge.

Abdi, Ali A. (2014). Difference, social justice and educational equity in Canada. In D.E. Mulcahy, D.G. Mulcahy & R. Saul (Eds.), Education in North America. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Shizha, Edward & Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Adult Citizenship Education and Political Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Critical analysis. In P. Mayo (Ed.), Learning with adults. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Recontextualizing and reculturing education for democratic consciousness: social and philosophical analysis. In A. Abdi & P. Carr (Eds.), Educating for democratic consciousness: counter-system analyses. New York: Peter Lang.

Carr, Paul & Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Framing contemporary democracy and the potential for counter-hegemonic possibilities. In A. Abdi & P. Carr (Eds.), Educating for democratic consciousness: counter-system analyses. New York: Peter Lang.

Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Intensive Globalizations and African Education: Re-interrogating the Relevance of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs). In Y. Hebert & A. Abdi (Eds.), Critical perspectives on international education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Hebert, Yvonne & Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Critical Perspectives on international education: Redefinitions, knowledge-making, mobilities and changing the world. In Y. Hebert & A. Abdi (Eds.), Critical perspectives on international education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. (2012 – reprint). Eurocentric Discourses and African Philosophies and Epistemologies of Education. In H. Wright & A. Abdi (Eds.), The Dialectics of African Education and Western Discourses. New York: Peter Lang.

Abdi, Ali A. (2012). Introducing the Dialectics of African Education and Western Discourses: Appropriation, Ambivalence and Alternatives. In H. Wright & A. Abdi (Eds.), The Dialectics of African Education and Western Discourses: Appropriation, Ambivalence and Alternatives. New York: Peter Lang.

Abdi, Ali A. (2012). Clash of dominant discourses and African philosophies and epistemologies of education: anti-colonial analyses. In A. Abdi (Ed.), Decolonizing philosophies of education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. (2012). Decolonizing philosophies of education: and introduction. In A. Abdi (Ed.), Decolonizing philosophies of education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. (2011). African philosophies of education: deconstructing the colonial and reconstructing the indigenous. In G.J.S. Dei (Ed.), Indigenous philosophies and critical education: A reader. New York, USA: Peter Lang.

Shultz. Lynette, Abdi, Ali A. & Richardson, George (2011). Global citizenship education and the role of the academy: a critical introduction. In L. Shultz, A. Abdi & G. Richardson (Eds.), Global citizenship education in institutions of higher education: issues of policy and practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Abdi, Ali A. (2011). De-monoculturalizing global citizenship education: the need for multicentric intentions and practices. In L. Shultz, A. Abdi & G. Richardson (Eds.), Global citizenship education in institutions of higher education: issues of policy and practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Abdi, Ali A. (2011 – reprint). Europe and African thought systems and philosophies of education: ‘re-culturing’ the trans-temporal discourses. In K. Tomaselli & H. Wirght (Eds.), Africa, cultural studies and difference. New York: Routledge.

Abdi, Ali A. (2010). Clash of oralities and textualities: the colonization of the communicative space in Sub-Saharan Africa. In D. Kapoor & E. Shizha (Eds.). Indigenous knowledges and learning in Asia/Pacific and Africa. New York: Palgrave

Abdi, Ali A. (2009 – reprint). Oral societies and colonial experiences: Sub-Saharan Africa and the de facto power of the written word. In D. Kapoor (Ed.), Education, decolonization and development. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Mhina, Christine & Abdi, Ali A. (2009). Mwalimu’s Mission: Julius Nyerere as (adult) educator and philosopher of community development. In A. Abdi & D. Kapoor (Eds.), Global perspectives on adult education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shizha, Edward & Abdi, Ali A. (2009). Globalization and indigenous knowledge: An African postcolonial theoretical analysis. In A. Abdi & D. Kapoor (Eds.), Global perspectives on adult education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Abdi, Ali A. & Kapoor, Dip (2009). Global perspectives on adult education: an introduction. In A. Abdi & D. Kapoor (Eds.) Global perspectives on adult education. New York: Palgrave.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). From ‘education for all to education for none’: Somalia in the careless global village. In A. Abdi & S. Guo (Eds.), Education and social development: global issues and analyses. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). Citizenship and its discontents: educating for political and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In M. Peters, A. Britton & H. Blee (Eds.), Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. & Richardson, George (2008). Decolonizing democratic education: an introduction. In A. Abdi & G. Richardson (Eds.), Decolonizing democratic education: trans-disciplinary dialogues. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ghosh, Ratna, Abdi, Ali A. & Naseem, Ayaz (2008). Identity in colonial and postcolonial contexts: select discussions and analyses. In A. Abdi & G. Richardson (Eds.), Decolonizing democratic education: trans-disciplinary dialogues. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. & Naseem, Ayaz (2008). Globalization as an educational framework of convergence. In A. Abdi & G. Richardson (Eds.), Decolonizing democratic education: transdisciplinary dialogues. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). De-subjecting subject populations. In A. Abdi & L. Shultz (Eds.). Educating for human rights and global citizenship. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). Educating for human rights and global citizenship: An introduction. In A. Abdi & L. Shultz (Eds.). Educating for human rights and global citizenship. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Abdi, Ali A. & Guo, Shibao (2008). Education for social development: an introduction. In A. Abdi & S. Guo (Eds.), Education and social development: global issues and analyses. Rotterdam, Holland: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A. & Shultz, Lynette (2008). Continuities of racism and inclusive citizenship: framing global citizenship and human rights education. In A. Abdi & S. Guo (Eds.), Education and social development: global issues and analyses. Rotterdam, Holland: Sense Publishers.

 

Book Reviews

Abdi, Ali A. (2013). Review of: In the spirit of Ubuntu: stories of teaching and research, by D. Caracciolo & A. Mungai (Eds.), Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 58(4), 714-716.

Abdi, Ali A. (2009). Review of: Re-imagining civic education: how diverse societies form democratic citizens, By Doyle Stevick & Bradley Levinson (Eds.), Comparative Education Review.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). Review of: Learning and social difference: challenges for public education and critical pedagogy (2006) by C. Borg & P. Mayo. Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society, 17(1), 67-69.

Abdi, Ali A. (2008). Review of: Democratic Schools: lessons in powerful education (2007), by M. Apple & J. Beane (Eds.). Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 53(3), 324-326.

Abdi, Ali A. (2007). Review of: A history of African higher education from antiquity to the present: critical synthesis (2006) by Y. Lulat. Comparative Education Review, 51, 403-405.

Abdi, A (2005). Review of: The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in multicultural education (2004) by Gloria Ladson-Billing and David Gilborn (Eds.). Intercultural Education (vol. 2), 425-426.

Abdi, Ali A. (2004). Review of: The state, education and equity in post-apartheid South Africa: the impact of state policies (2002) by Enver Motala & John Rampallis (Eds.). Intercultural education, 15(2), 227-228.

Abdi, Ali A. (2004). Review of: Sustainable development and Learning: framing the issues (2003) by William Scott & Stephen Gough. Teachers College Record, 106, 2301-2304.

Abdi, A. (2004). Review of: Comparative Education: continuing traditions, new challenges and new paradigms (2003), by Mark Bray. Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, 9, 135138.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Review of: Impure acts: the practical politics of cultural studies (2000) by H. Giroux. Intercultural Education, 14(3), 331-333.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Review of: Contested terrains and constructed categories: contemporary Africa in focus (2000) edited by G. Bond & N. Gibson. African Studies Review, 46(2), 113-114.

Abdi, Ali A. (2003). Review of: Gramsci and education (2002) edited by C. Borg, J. Buttigieg & P. Mayo. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 22(5) 542-544.

Courses Taught

Dr. Ali A. Abdi is currently serving as Department Head and is not scheduled to teach any courses this year.