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Shazia Sadaf

Instructor III

Degrees:PhD (Western University); PhD (University of London, UK)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6042
Office:1313 Dunton Tower

On Sabbatical till July 2024

Shazia Sadaf holds a PhD in English from the University of London, and a master’s with distinction in English Literature & Language from King’s College London, United Kingdom. She earned her second doctoral degree at Western University in Postcolonial Studies, with a primary research interest in the field of human rights literature.

Shazia was a tenured associate professor at Peshawar University in Pakistan before emigrating to Canada in 2013. Her personal and professional experience of marginalization as a Muslim woman in a patriarchal country affected by the global war on terror gives her an insight that is invaluable in teaching about human rights and social justice. Her teaching encourages critical engagement and is broadly driven by the belief that the study of world literatures is an effective tool for bridging the global divide between cultures and ideologies and can be a catalyst for positive change. By extension, one of her goals as an instructor of human rights and social justice is to expose the dangers of ethnocentric ideas and to promote narrative texts from regions with a colonial history as crucial players in diversifying and directing global futurisms.

Sadaf is also Associate Editor, Journal of postcolonial Writing, Taylor & Francis, UK.

Professional Awards:

• Professional Achievement Award 2021, Carleton University.
• Excellence in Teaching Award 2020-2021, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University.


Sadaf, Shazia, and Aroosa Kanwal. 2023. Contemporary Pakistani Speculative Fiction and the Global Imaginary: Democratising Human Futures. New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Sadaf, Shazia. 2021. “Human Dignity, the War on Terror, and Post 9/11 Pakistani Literature.” In M. C. Frank and P. K. Malreddy (Eds.) Narratives of the War on Terror: Global Perspectives. Routledge.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2019. “Biographies of Violence and the Violence of Biographies: Writing about Rape in Pakistan.” In P. K. Malreddy and A. S. Purakayastha (Eds.), Violence in South Asia: Contemporary Perspectives, 100-114). Routledge.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2018. “Chapter 12: Divergent Discourses: Human Rights and Contemporary Pakistani Anglophone Literature.” In A. Kanwal and S. Aslam (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing (pp.138-150). Routledge.

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Sadaf, Shazia. 2022. “Benevolent violence: Bombs, aid, and human rights in Mohammad Hanif’s Red Birds.” Special issue: Global Literature and Violence, Postcolonial Text, 17(2-3), 1-17.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2020. “‘We are all migrants through time’: History and Geography in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.” Special issue: Writing Brexit: Colonial remains. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 56(5), 636-647. DOI:10.1080/17449855.2020.1820667

Sadaf, Shazia. 2018. “Human dignity, the War on Terror, and post 9/11 Pakistani literature.” Special Issue. Global Responses to War on Terror. European Journal of English Studies, 22(2), 115-127. DOI: 10.1080/13825577.2018.1478255

Sadaf, Shazia. 2017. “I am Malala: Human rights, and the politics of production, marketing, and reception of the post 9/11 memoir.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 19(6), 855-871. DOI:10.1080/1369801X.2017.1347053

Saher, Najma, and Shazia Sadaf. 2017. “We are what we eat in A House for Mr. Biswas and The Inheritance of Loss.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 25(1), 73.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2014. “Daniyal Mueenuddin’s dying men.” Special Issue: Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises. South Asian History and Culture, 5(4), 490-504. DOI: 10.1080/19472498.2014.936207

Sadaf, Shazia, & Mujeeb Rahman. 2011. “Postcolonial loss of identity and the food metaphor.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 19(2), 105-116.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2008. “Colour play in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 39(3), 73-84.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2010. “Woolf’s To the Lighthouse: A Word about the Title.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences18(1).

Sadaf, Shazia. 2009. “Dual Colonialism in A House for Mr. Biswas.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 17(2).

Sadaf, Shazia. 2009. “Changes in Late Anglo-Indian Phraseology.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 17(1).

Sadaf, Shazia. 2008. “Tennyson’s In Memoriam: Balancing spiritual and physical evolution.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 16(2).

Sadaf, Shazia. 2008. “The vocabulary of aesthetics in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences,16(1).

Book Reviews 

Sadaf, Shazia. 2023. “Isolated incident.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, DOI:  10.1080/17449855.2023.2179474

Encyclopedia Articles

Sadaf, Shazia. 2023. “Usman T. Malik.” The Literary Encyclopedia. September 2023.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2021. “Khaled Husseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 30 July 2021.

Sadaf, Shazia. 2019. “Jamil Ahmed: The Wandering Falcon.” The Literary Encyclopedia.


• HUMR1001 Introduction to Human Rights
• HUMR3301 Racialization, Racism and Human Rights
• HUMR3302 Culture, Religion and Women’s Human Rights
• HUMR4905 Human Rights Practicum
• HUMR4908 Directed Study Course Supervision