Dr. Njoki Wane

Director, Office of Teacher Support & Associate Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE & University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. Born: Kenya.

Dr. Njoki Wane is the Director of Office of Teacher Support at OISE, and an Associate Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her teaching and research interests include: anti-racist pedagogy in teacher education; indigenous knowledges; anti-colonial thought; spirituality and schooling; Black Canadian feminisms; and ethno-medicine.

Works: Include a co-edited collection, Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Feminist Thought (2007); refereed articles in Journal of Race Ethnicity and Education (2008, 2009); Atlantis Journal (2009); Contemporary Issues in Education Curriculum Inquiry (2009); and book chapters in: The Contested Academy, Doing Democracy; Striving for Political Literacy and Social Justice (2008); Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States (2007); Anti-Colonialism and Education: The Politics of Resistance (2006).

Other: Dr. Njoki Wane teaches both in graduate school and the Initial Teachers Education program.

Education: PhD, University of Toronto (1996); Master of Education, University of New Brunswick (1989); MSc, U.S. International University (1987); Bachelor of Education, University of Nairobi (1985).

Favourite book? Decolonizing the Mind by Ngugi Wa Thiongo.

Favourite quote? “In Africa, Black feminism did not develop in the academic setting but in the villages where the inclusion of women was evident in the social, economic, ritual, and political spheres.” (Steady 1987: 5-8).

Given the chance, what would you like to do that you haven’t done yet? I would like to organize trips to Africa for all the youth of African ancestry living in the Diaspora.

Who inspires you? My parents inspired and still inspire me on a daily basis. They believed in me and my abilities to make them proud.

Why do you do what you do? I love writing and teaching on indigenous knowledges and in particular about the importance of one’s cultural roots. It is important for everyone to know their historical roots as this provides the basis on who they really are.