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Katherine Madjidi

SSHRC William E. Taylor Fellowship

Katherine Madjidi   "There is a worldwide search right now for different and more sustainable approaches to development, education and global governance. My research aims to identify how indigenous groups are influencing and redefining the way in which we pursue global development."

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Second-year doctoral student and 2008 William E. Taylor Fellowship recipient Katherine Madjidi has more than a decade of practical experience to inform her award-winning research into how indigenous groups are influencing programs and policies at international development organizations like the World Bank and UNESCO.

Beginning shortly after high school with a year of development work in rural Bolivia, Madjidi has worked in 17 countries with more than 30 indigenous communities. She received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and a master’s in education at Stanford University, and is now completing a PhD in comparative, international and development education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Madjidi’s research will provide a deeper understanding of the role civil society groups play in affecting global change and help indigenous groups get their voices heard on the international stage.

“Twenty years ago not many universities had an indigenous studies program. I love being part of this new wave of research and hope my work has a real influence in the world,” she says. “After my PhD, I definitely want to continue my academic career. But I also have a real love of working with people in the field, so I think my research will always incorporate the two.”

In addition to her practical experience, Madjidi has already demonstrated a large capacity for scholarship by authoring three publications, co-editing a textbook and presenting at five international conferences.

The William E. Taylor Fellowship is awarded each year to the most outstanding SSHRC doctoral award recipient.