Natasha Shokri is a Work Study Student contributing to the Archival project at the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies. Currently, Natasha is working on her doctoral degree in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She earned an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace. In her MA thesis, she scrutinized water as a catalyst for peacemaking in the Middle East. Natasha’s research interests include black feminism; critical media education; the science of happiness and education; peace education; the pedagogy of hope; and refugee education. Natasha has been nominated for and received various awards and distinctions, including recognition as a UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador for her peace building and human rights activities.
The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations