Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui


Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui


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Dr. Ghaffar-Siddiqui is a globally recognized multiple award-winning public-speaker, media pundit, researcher, and a passionate social justice advocate. As well as being a professor of sociology, criminology, and criminal-psychology, she is currently directing one of Canada’s largest government-funded Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives at Colleges and Institutes Canada’s National EDI Knowledge Mobilization Centre hosted at Sheridan College. She is also leading a national study with Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, DC, that both quantifies and analyses in-depth the influence and impact of a right-wing extremist political group on U.S. institutions and American attitudes.

As a postcolonial scholar, her intersectional research concentrates on the impacts of colonialism and imperialism on the lives of diasporic peoples in the West. Focusing in the areas of migration, race/ethnicity and ethno-religio identity, Dr. Ghaffar-Siddiqui’s doctoral research explored the ways in which Muslim communities in the West navigate their social worlds in a post 9/11 climate. Her previous research includes a qualitative analysis of South Asian people’s experiences of discrimination and healthcare seeking behaviours in traditionally colonial healthcare structures and settings in Ontario.

Dr Ghaffar-Siddiqui’s ongoing contribution to knowledge building around anti-racism and decolonization studies includes many academic, legislative, and editorial publications. Her expertise is continuously highlighted in academic, public, legal, and political forums worldwide. She is regularly invited as an expert witness and policy advisor for government-led studies and policy initiatives and is a sought-after thought leader and cultural critic featured on major media outlets like BBC News, The New York Times, CBC News, CTV News and others.


Doctoral Degree, Sociology, McMaster University – Canada

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