Vidya Shah

Assistant Professor

Ed.D - OISE/UT, Toronto

Location(s) / Contact Info:

227, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20917


Website: UnLeading


Dr. Vidya Shah is an educator, scholar and activist committed to equity and racial justice in the service of liberatory education. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, and her research explores anti-racist and decolonial approaches to leadership in schools, communities, and school districts. She also explores educational barriers to the success and well-being of Black, Indigenous, and racialized students. Dr. Shah teaches in the Master of Leadership and Community Engagement, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses in education. She has worked in the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was an elementary classroom teacher in the TDSB. Dr. Shah is committed to bridging the gaps between communities, classrooms, school districts and the academy, to re/imagine emancipatory possibilities for schooling. You can learn more about her work at

Faculty & School/Dept

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Courses Taught

  • Critical Issues in Leadership and Community Engagement (GS/EDUC 7000)
  • Educating for Activism (ED/EDST 4010)
  • Enacting Leadership and Policy (GS/EDUC 7010)
  • Teaching for Diverse & Equitable Classrooms in Ontario (ED/EDFE 3100)

Selected Publications


  • Graduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, York University - 2023
  • Mentor of the Year, Leaders and Legends Award, OISE/UT - 2022

Professional Affiliations

York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments