Shabnam Koirala-Azad

Shabnam Koirala-Azad

Dean, School of Education

Full-Time Faculty


Shabnam Koirala-Azad explores social and educational (in)equities through a transnational lens. Through ethnography and participatory research, her work critically examines the experiences of South Asian students and families in schools and society, as they experience shifting identities and navigate through structural inequities in various geographic, social and political spaces. By examining their realities in both home and host country contexts, she offers new ideas for transnational social action and highlights methodologies that directly address concerns with power and representation. As a mother-scholar, she is also interested in scholarship with an asset-based understanding of how mothering enriches careers in academia.

Research Areas

  • Globalization and transnationalism; immigration and education
  • Gobal citizenship
  • Social and cultural theory
  • International comparative education
  • Gender, education and social change
  • Qualitative approaches to research


  • PhD, Education, Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley