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Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali

Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali

Assistant Professor


PhD, Curriculum & Pedagogy , OISE, University of Toronto
MA, Sociology , York University
BA (Honours), Gender & Women’s Studies and Canadian Studies , Trent University

Research Keywords

Black Studies; Diaspora & Transnational Migration Studies; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Environmental Justice; Public Policy Studies; Surveillance Studies.

Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali

Contact Information

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

416 736 2100

Research Interests

I joined the Faculty of Environment and Urban Change (EUC) as an Assistant Professor in 2021. Before joining EUC, I worked as an Assistant Professor at California State University San Marcos, and as a Visiting Faculty in Sociology at Christopher Newport University. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, my primary research interests include diverse fields such as Black studies, critical race studies, postcolonial studies, Black feminist studies, criminology, transnational feminism, queer studies, environmental justice, media studies, public pedagogy, and public policy (specifically immigration, refugee, health and welfare policies). My research explores issues of gender, race, class, criminality, surveillance, and citizenship, as it manifests for Black refugee communities. My work has appeared as book chapters from Peter Lang and Life Rattle Press. I have also published articles in Darkmatter and Reconsidering Development. Outside of academia, I am a community worker, curriculum and policy consultant, researcher, and anti-oppression educator. I have worked in education and curriculum development in Canada, United States, Kenya, and Somalia.

Research Output

(2017). “Un-Mapping Gay Imperialism: A Postcolonial Approach to Sexual Orientation-Based Development.” Reconsidering Development 5 (1).

(2016). “Unsettling the “Failed State”: An anti-racist approach to state and state formation – A study of Somalia.” In G.S. Dei & M. Lordan (Eds.), Anti-colonial theory and decolonial praxis (pp. 85-100). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

(2015). “Henry Giroux and critical pedagogy.” In K. Cooper & A. Yendell (Eds.), Five research contexts for understanding critical and interpretive inquiry (pp. 196-204). Toronto: Life Rattle Press.

(2015). (with Brimpong, M. & Abdul-Rahman, L.). “How did we get here: From Critical inquiry to Afrocentric schooling.” In K. Cooper & A. Yendell (Eds.), Five research contexts for understanding critical and interpretive inquiry (pp. 161-190). Toronto: Life Rattle Press.

(2009). (with Murad, Z.). “Unravelling narratives of piracy: Discourses of Somali pirates.” Darkmatter 5.

(2020). “Misogynoir and Other Racist Aggressions in the Ivory Tower: An Open Letter to My Colleagues” The Professor Is In. (Aug. 5, 2020).

(2016). (with Verma, A.R. & Horie, H.). “Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities.” Curriculum for Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. (Toronto, Ontario).


Course CodeTitle
ENVS 6150Popular Education for Social Change Theory and Practice
ENVS 4800EThe Black Atlantic and Environmental Justice
GEOG 4820Spaces of Development