Dr. R. Nanre Nafziger

Assistant Professor, Black/African Studies in Education
Dr. R. Nanre Nafziger
Contact Information
Email address: 
nanre.nafziger [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate phone: 

3700 MacTavish Street

Montreal, Quebec

Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Social Action & Sustainability Education
Areas of expertise: 

History education (focus on African/Black histories), Black Studies in Education, African Education, Black/African Social Movements, Social Justice, Education Policy, Political Economy of Education, Youth Activism and Civic Engagement, Black/African Feminisms, Participatory Research, Critical Education Studies, Critical Policy studies 


Nanre Nafziger is an educator-organizer-scholar who serves her various communities through writing, research, teaching, and pan-Africanist organizing. Nanre’s research contributes to debates and collective knowledge production in the areas of critical education policy studies, Black/African Studies in Education, decolonial approaches to education, global critical race theory, critical youth studies, Black/Africana social movements, youth participatory action research; and the role of civil society in education and democratic nation-building in the Global South.


PhD Education Theory and Policy/Comparative and International Education (dual title), Pennsylvania State University

MSC Health Policy Planning and Financing, London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

MEd Education (Sociology), Obafemi Awolowo University

BA Sociology, Boston College


Selected publications: 

Nafziger, R. N. (2024). The Journey Within: Inner Resonances of Doctoral Soundings. In First-Gen Docs (pp. 115-129). Brill.

Nafziger, R. N., Strong, K., & Tarlau, R. (2023). ‘We bring in each other's wisdom’: liberatory praxis and political education for Black lives in Philadelphia. Globalisation, Societies and Education21(5), 609-627.

Nafziger, R. N., & Strong, K. (2022). To end SARS or start a revolution? Class contradictions of youth within the# EndSARS rebellion. Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies32(1), 74-101.

Nafziger, R. N. (2022). Crossing the great divide: Youth historical consciousness as a bridge to civic identity in urban conflict zones in Jos, Nigeria. In Contestations of Citizenship, Education, and Democracy in an Era of Global Change (pp. 203-224). Routledge.

Strong, K., & Nafziger, R. N. (2022). Education for Black liberation: Freire and past/present pan-Africanist experiments. Current Issues in Comparative Education, https://academiccommons.columbia.edu/doi/10.7916/0vk7-9k38



Courses taught:

EDEC 575 Special Topics: African/Black Social Movements and Social Change

EDEC 249 Global Education and Social Justice

EDEC 643 Women, Education and Development

Graduate supervision: 

I am currently accepting students who work in areas of mutual interest. 

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