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Sattarzadeh, Sahar D., PhD - Faculty Bio

Sattarzadeh, Sahar D., PhD




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Education Studies, Harrison Hall, Room 220
Greencastle, IN

Education Studies

Assistant Professor of Education Studies

Greetings from the ancestral, traditional, and unceded lands of the Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, and Shawnee! I am a daughter of refugee settlers of Azeri and mixed Iranian and Persian heritage, who arrived on Turtle Island in order to escape persecution and avoid further injustices they and their future children would have faced. Had my mother and father decided to stay, I would not have had the right to access higher education, so I am beyond grateful and humbled to be born in a place where I have the privilege and right to access higher education as both a student and an employee, ultimately leading me to arrive here and where I continue to go.

I am currently in my second year as Assistant Professor of Education Studies at DePauw University. I am also a research associate at the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded lands of the Khokhoi, San, and AmaXhosa (Port Elizabeth, South Africa). 


Courses Taught/Teaching

  • EDUC 170: Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 197: FYS: Do the Write Thing!
  • EDUC 290: Reading Between the Lines in Critical Human Rights Education
  • EDUC 390: Reimagining Resistance: An Educational Experiment
  • EDUC 390: Schooled in Storytelling


Research Areas

  • Critical comparative global ethnic, racial, and Indigenous studies
  • Critical higher education studies
  • Knowledge landscapes, structures, and systems
  • Re/imagined activism, resistance, and social movements
  • Critical human rights education



  • Ph.D., International Education Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., Intercultural Relations in Social Justice, SIT Graduate Institute
  • B.A., English, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine



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