Nasim Niknafs is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto where she also serves as the Associate Dean, Research and Coordinator of Music Education. Her interdisciplinary research concerns philosophy and cultural politics of contemporary music education intersecting with collective action, anarchism, popular music and improvisation. Concluding a longitudinal research on the music education of rock musicians in Iran, Nasim is conducting a SSHRC-funded research titled, Sanctuary City: Cultural Programs, Music Education, and the Dignified Lives of Refugee Newcomers in Toronto. Nasim is also the co-PI of two other SSHRC-funded research. To date, Nasim’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Connaught Fund, Digital Humanities Network, School of Cities, University of Toronto’s SSHRC Institutional Grant, Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA)’s Aga Khan Initiative, and Faculty Mobility Grant.

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