Dhillon, Jaskiran

Jaskiran Dhillon

Jaskiran Dhillon
  • PhD 2009 University of Pennsylvania
  • MA 1998 York University
  • BA 1996 University of Saskatchewan
Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology

I approach my work with a desire to bring an ethnographic sensibility to the study of the unique relationship among education, politics, and society, and to apply my knowledge to contemporary problems around the globe (to act as well as think). I am passionate about teaching and invite my students to pursue an intellectual journey that locates issues of power, knowledge, epistemology, place, culture, and history at the center of theoretical and empirical inquiries into education, broadly conceived. In an effort to bring conceptual ideas and theories into conversation with everyday lived realities on the ground, I am piloting a study abroad/civic engagement course on Cambodia and the politics of education and development.
Jaskiran Dhillon discusses teaching and learning at Lang in a project made possible with a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice.

Courses Taught:
  • Education, Human Rights and the Promise of Development
  • Introduction to Educational Theory
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Cambodia and the Politics of Education and Development
  • Education and the Politics of Violence
  • (Re)building Public Education in the New New Orleans
Recent Publications:
  • In process:  Prairie Rising:  Indigenous Rights, Youth, and the Politics of Inclusion in Education, book manuscript forthcoming with University of Toronto Press
  • In process: “Justice in a Binder:  Social Constructions of Failure and the Urban Indigenous Student”, currently under submission
  • In process: “The Seduction of Partnership:  Political Engagement, Indigenous Rights, and Education in Canada”, currently under submission
  • "Social Exclusion, Gender, and Access to Education in Canada:  Narrative Account from Girls on the Street."  Feminist Formations. Vol 23 (3). Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press. 2011
  • “School is the Answer:  Reflections on Fieldwork in Cambodia.” Comparative International Education Newsletter.  Albany:  CIES. 2011
  • Co-authored with Schultz, K., Brockenbrough, E. “In Between Work and School:  Youth Perspectives on an Afterschool Media Arts Program” in Afterschool Matters.  New York:  Occasional Paper Series, Robert Bowne Foundation.  2005

Grants and Fellowships:

  • The Ground Shifts Beneath Our Feet: Education, Youth, and the Rebuilding of Cambodia, Senior Research Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies. 2012-2013
  • Living Arts City, The New School Provost’s Office Innovation in Education Fund. 2012-2013
  • Improving Access to Secondary Education for Girls in Rural Cambodia, in partnership with the Ponheary Ly Foundation, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 2012-2013 
  • Cambodia and the Politics of Education and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, The New School Provost’s Office Faculty Research Fund. 2011-2012
  • Cambodia and Study Abroad, The New School Provost’s Office Innovation in Education Fund. 2011-2012
  • Cambodia and the Politics of Education and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Eugene Lang College-American University in Paris Mellon Fund. 2011-2012
  • Struggles for Access: Examining the Educational Experiences of Homeless Young Women and Girls in Canada, National Homelessness Secretariat, Government of Canada. 2004-2005
  • Until All of Us are Home: The Process of Leadership at Project H.O.M.E., Ford Foundation in partnership with the Advocacy Institute and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. 2003-2004
  • In Between Work and School: Youth Perspectives on After-School Media Arts Program, Robert Bowne Foundation. 2002-2003
Office Location:

80 5th Ave, Room 520
New York
NY 10011

Office Hours:
By appointment.
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5100 x3486


Research Interests:
Anthropology of the state, international education development, minority rights, indigenous studies, ethnographic methods, and youth development. My current book project, Prairie Rising: Indigenous Rights, Youth and the Politics of Inclusion in Education (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press), explores the contradictions, paradoxes, and possibilities inherent in global debates over indigenous rights and participatory politics. My most recent research projects include:  (1) a critical ethnography of education and development in post-conflict Cambodia, and (2) documenting a Human Rights Watch investigation of the disproportionate violence experienced by indigenous young women and girls in the northern parts of Canada.
Professional Affiliations:
  • Internal Editorial Board Member, Anthropology and Education Quarterly
  • Comparative International Education Society 
  • Canadian Council on Policy Alternatives
  • American Anthropological Association 
  • American Educational Research Association
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • Prairie Rising: Urban Aboriginal Youth and Ethnographic Encounters with the Land of Living Skies, Invited Guest Lecture for Educational Studies and Ts‘’kel First Nations Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, March 2012
  • Education in Translation:  Cambodia and the Politics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction, CIES Annual Conference, San Juan, April 2012
  • Cambodia, Education and the Politics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, Montreal, November 2011.
  • Out of the Classroom and into the World: Study Abroad, Civic Engagement, and Lang in Cambodia. American University of Paris Guest Lecture, Paris, November 2011.
  • Oral Brief on Access to Education for Homeless Young Women and Girls, in partnership with Justice for Girls, Vancouver BC; 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, New York, March 2011.
  • Manufacturing Partnership: Indigenous Rights and Education. Comparative International Education Conference (CIES), Montreal, May 2011.
  • The Politics of Indigenous Education in Canada. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, November 2008.
  • Teaching Across Difference: Exploring the Politics of Resistance and Change in Teach for America. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2007.
  • GAINING Access: Homeless Young Women, Sexual Exploitation, and Education. Bells of Hope Human Trafficking Conference, Saskatoon, May 2007.
  • Constructions of Youth and Young Adult Education: Examining the Role of Development Agencies in Globalization, Governance, and Youth Development. XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa, July 2006.
  • Struggles for Access: Examining the Educational Experiences of Homeless Young Women and Girls in Canada. Canadian Conference on Homelessness, York University, May 2005.
  • Justice for Girls: Housing, Education, and Criminalization. National Conference on Women and the Law: Women’s Rights and Freedoms, Vancouver, BC, April 2005.
  • When Do We Get Access: Expanding Notions of Literacy for Youth in Community-Based Settings. The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Havana, Cuba, June 2004.
  • Multiple Literacies: Learning in Alternative Educational Settings. Spencer Symposium: Expanding the Map of Urban Learning, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, March 2004.
Awards and Honors:
  • University of Pennsylvania Graduate Assistantship, 2006-2008
  • University of Pennsylvania Tuition Award, 2004-2005
  • University of Pennsylvania Merit Fellowship, 2002-2004
  • York University Graduate Scholarship, 1996
  • York University Graduate Assistantship, 1997
  • University of Saskatchewan Honours Alumni Scholarship, 1993
  • University of Saskatchewan Pearl Findley Award, 1992
  • Governor General’s Award, Government of Saskatchewan, 1992

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