Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali
I arrived in Canada at the turn of the century with an EdM in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University, and a PhD in Teaching, Curriculum, and Social Policy, with a concentration in Teacher Education from Michigan State University. At Ryerson, the focus of my research shifted from international development and girls’ education to immigration and settlement. I joined the SSHRC funded CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre as the domain leader for Education and then for Children, Youth and Families, and finally served as a co-director. My work in these positions included developing and maintaining a network of researchers, conducting and facilitating pan-Canadian studies, adjudicating research proposals, organizing conferences, editing a series of working papers and co-leading the research centre. I also helped to set up the master’s program in Immigration and Settlement (ISS) at Ryerson, and the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).
I currently teach and supervise students in three graduate programs: Early Childhood Studies, Immigration and Settlement, and Policy Studies. Moments when students realize that they, too, can ‘create knowledge’ bring me joy. I try to encourage respect for learners and teachers, whether they are young children and their families, or university students and their instructors.
- Research foundations and design
- Immigration and settlement
- Research methods
- Immigrant settlement and integration.
- Preparing teachers and other service providers to work with immigrant families.
- Integration trajectories of immigrant families: A three year partnership project funded by SSHRC
- Kilbride, K. M., Ali, M., Gora, P., & Sadeghi (2010). Forging new ties, planting new roots: A guide to Canadian resources for immigrant parents of young children (2nd Ed.). Chestnut Publishing Group. *Translated in 32 languages
- Ali, M., Corson, P., & Frankel, E. (2009). Listening to families: Reframing services. Chestnut Publishing Group & Makcom Media.
Book chapters (selected):
- Ali, M. (2016). Learning the ethic of care through family narratives. In J. Gingras, P. Robinson, J. Waddell & L. D. Cooper (Eds.), Teaching as scholarship: Preparing students for professional practice in community services (pp. 43-58). Wilfred Laurier University Press
- Ali, M. (2015). The schooling of immigrant children. In H. Bauder & J. Shields (Eds.), Immigration, integration and the settlement experience in North America (pp. 273-291). Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.
- Wilkinson, L., Hébert, Y., & Ali, M. (2012). Examining youth’s perceptions of safety, fear, inclusion and exclusion in a Canadian city. In C. Bassani (Ed.), Adolescent behavior (pp. 217-235). Nova Science Publishers.
- Hébert, Y., Wilkinson, L., & Ali, M. (2012). Second generation youth and mobilities of mind, body, and boundaries. In Y. Hébert & A. Abdi (Eds.), Critical perspectives on international education (pp. 229-248). Sense Publishers
Journal articles (selected):
- Ali, M. (2013). Representation of Muslim characters living in the West in Ontario’s language textbooks. Intercultural Education, 25(5), 417-429. https://doi.org/10.1080/14675986.2013.824870, external link, opens in new window
- Ali, M. (2012). The shadow of colonialism on immigrant parents’ relations with their children’s teachers. Alberta Journal of Education, 58(2), 198-215.
- Ali, M. (2011). The reduction of Islam and Muslims in Ontario’s social studies textbooks. Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, 3(1), 25-44. https://doi.org/10.3167/jemms.2011.030103, external link, opens in new window
- Kilbride, K. M. & Ali, M. (2010). Striving for voice: Language acquisition and Canadian immigrant women. Current Issues in Language Planning, 11(2), 173-189. https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2010.505075, external link, opens in new window
- Ali, M. (2010). Second-generation youth’s belief in the myth of Canadian multiculturalism. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 40(2), 89-107. https://doi.org/10.1353/ces.2010.0017, external link, opens in new window
- Ali, M. (2009). Preparing citizens for a globalized world: The role of the social studies curriculum. Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy, 2(2), 238-256. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/ried/article/view/160/254, external link, opens in new window
- (Ryerson) Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, 2014-2015.