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PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (higher education, theory & policy studies in education)
Bryan Gopaul, a native of Toronto, Ontario in Canada, has experienced a profound intersection between his personal and professional contexts. As the son of a former teacher who experienced significant racism in the classroom and in the broader educational system, Gopaul explores issues of equity, privilege, and hierarchy in various educational contexts.
Gopaul’s research interests focus on the experiences of graduate students and the changing nature of faculty life and work. He employs critical theories of education and qualitative methodologies to explore issues of access and equity in graduate education, the employment of graduate students, the pipeline to the professoriate, and academic labor. His previous research has focused on the socialization of doctoral students in different disciplines. Currently, his research emphasizes student mobility, conceptions of civic engagement to academic life and work, and international higher education. Specifically, he explores mobility among doctoral students and early-career faculty members moving through doctoral study and into the academic profession. His interest in civic engagement focuses on graduate/doctoral education and broader reward structures within faculty work. Finally, his focus on international higher education has examined Canada, the U.S., Kazakhstan, and Morocco, and continues in these jurisdictions and others.
Previously, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he collaborated with colleagues in the U.S. and Kazakhstan, exploring higher education reform in relation to governance and financial aid as well as student mobility. In addition, Gopaul served as a graduate student representative for Division J (Postsecondary Education) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and facilitated multiple workshops and initiatives for graduate students to encourage successful completion and post-graduate employment.
Gopaul has published in various venues, including Educational Researcher, Equity and Excellence in Education, The International Journal of Doctoral Studies, The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Academic Matters, The Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions,
and The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario government.
EDE430 Global Issues in Higher Education
EDU576 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education