Professor

Education

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

Selected Publications

Books

Ibrahim, Awad & Abdi, Ali A. (Eds.) (2016). The Education of African Canadian children: Critical Perspectives. McGill-Queens University Press. 249 pages.

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. (2017). The rhetorical constructions of global citizenship and the location of youth: Critical analyses. International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, 8(2), 32-56.

Soudien, C., Moodley, K.A., Adam, K., Napier, D., Abdi, A.A. & Badroodien, A. (Forum) (2014). Thinking about the significance of Nelson Mandela for Education. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 44(6), 960-987.

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. (2018). The contradictions of international education and international development: Counter-Eurocentric perspectives. In L. Shultz & T. Pillay (Eds.), Global citizenship: Common wealth and uncommon citizenships. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill/Sense.

Ibrahim, Awad & Abdi, Ali A. (2016). The education of African Canadian children: An introduction. In A. Ibrahim & A.A. Abdi (Eds.), The education of African Canadian children: Critical perspectives. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Abdi, Ali A. (2016). The education of African Canadian children: Historical, philosophical and socio-cultural analyses. In A. Ibrahim & A.A. Abdi (Eds.), The education of African Canadian children: Critical perspectives. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Abdi, Ali A. (2016). The location of the public intellectual: Historical and contemporary analyses. In L. Shultz & M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education. New York, NY: Palgrave.

Abdi, Ali A. (2016). The rhetoric of globalization and global citizenship: Reconstructing active citizenships in post-cold war Sub-Saharan Africa. In I. Langran & T. Birk (Eds.), Globalization and global citizenship: Interdisciplinary approaches. New York: Routledge.

Abdi, Ali. A. (2015). Decolonizing global citizenship education: Critical reflections on location, knowledge and learning. In A. Abdi, L. Shultz & T. Pillay (Eds.). Decolonizing global citizenship education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abdi, Ali A., Shultz, Lynette & Pillay, Thashika (2015). Decolonizing global citizenship education: An Introduction. In A. Abdi, L. Shultz & T. Pillay (Eds.). Decolonizing global citizenship education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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.

Abdi, Ali A. (2014), 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.

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.