Sofia Noori

Scarfe 2219


Assistant Professor

• Refugee subjectivity
• Refugee education
• Mental Health & Education


Dr. Sofia Noori is an Assistant Professor at UBC Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Dr. Noori received her PhD from York University’s Department of Social and Political Thought. She also holds degrees from University of Toronto (Hons. Human Biology), University of Windsor (B. Education) and OISE (M. Social Justice Education). Her dissertation entitled “Living within Hyphenated Paradoxes- the Canadian Adolescent Refugee Experience” provides critical analyses and reflections on the lives of 10 different refugees who publicly share their experiences in memoirs and vlogs. Dr Noori’s research and writing focuses on young refugees who move to Canada and work to establish a stable sense of self and belonging. Her research and writing provide readers with a better understanding of how refugee youth negotiate schooling systems, health and healing, procedures to citizenship and belonging in the aftermath of living in civil unrest, war, migration, transitory states, refugee camps, and resettlement. Her work is informed by psychoanalysis and postcolonial theory. Dr Noori is closely following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees worldwide and writing on the issue as it pertains to youth in Canada, currently. Her most recently co-edited volume, Partisan Universalism looks at the scholarly work, influence and pedagogical reach of African Canadian Philosopher Ato Sekyi-Otu. Dr Noori is also an award-winning educator, who is passionate about teaching and supporting her students. She has taught classes ranging from kindergarten up to high school, college, university, and professional teaching training courses. She is a strong advocate for student mental health and inclusivity and bravely tackles difficult knowledges in her student-centered classrooms.

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Invited Presentations

Noori, S. (2021, December). The pedagogical reach of Ato-Sekyi Otu. Partisan Universalism Book Launch. Daraja Press, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Noori, S. (2019, May). Schooling Experience of Resettled Refugee Youth. Annual Graduate Conference in Education, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Noori, S. (2017, May). Subject Formation of Adolescent Refugee in Canada – Case Study of Kim Thuy. Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Noori, S. (2017, May). Adolescent Refugee in Canada Subject Formation – Case Study of Nahlah Ayed. Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Noori, S. (2017, May). Adolescent Refugee in Canada Subject Formation – Case Study of Carmen Aguirre. Cultural Studies and Education Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Selected Publications


Partisan Universalism: Essays in Honour of Ato Sekyi-Otu. Toronto: Daraja Press, 2021.

[co editor, Gamal Abdel Shehid]

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Adolescent Refugees in Canada- Subject Formation, Case Study of Kim Thùy.” Political Science Graduate Journal. Montréal: Concordia University Press. 5: 2018

“Subject Formation of Adolescent Refugees in Canada: A Case Study of Carmen Aguirre.” International Cultural Studies and Education. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020

Popular Articles:

“Pride in a Teardrop- Afghan Diaspora.” Qatrah 1: 8 (Oct. 2005): 20