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Shyla Dogan

Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151

Dr. Shyla González-Doğan is an assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. Her educational training is in anthropology, education, and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Arizona and Teachers College, Columbia University.  

Dr. González-Doğan is a community-based scholar who believes that the remedy for most social issues can be found in community-based organizing. She feels that sustainable change that leads to equal opportunities for growth and development is most effective when it is developed through community-based efforts. Community members must be included in the process of social change for both sustainability and buy-in. 

Prior to joining MLFTC, she taught at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. She also has experience teaching in the K-12 school system and was the principal of a private K-5 Islamic school.


Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Arizona 2019

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona 2016  

M.Ed. Anthropology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University 2014 

M.A. in Near Eastern Studies (Concentration in Turkish Studies), University of Arizona 2012 

B.A. in International Relations (Middle East regional focus), Birmingham–Southern College 2006 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Gonzalez-Doğan focuses on the role that community organizations and community relationships can play in the life of individuals - particularly those who are marginalized in some form. Her ultimate concern centers on how communities organize and meet their educational and social needs. Furthermore, she has a significant interest in exclusion within community organizations and methods that can be used to ensure that community spaces are equitable. 

She has a focus on the MENA region and closely surrounding areas and much of her research is on Islamic organizations or cultural centers. Her wider interests are cultural and national identity, refugee education, integration, culturally-based curriculum models such as Afrocentric education, and social issues such as substance abuse.

Research Group: 



Gonzalez-Doğan, S. (2022). Linguistic othering and “knowledge deserts”: Perspectives on Arabic use in linguistically diverse Islamic institutions. Linguistics and Education, 71.

Gonzalez-Doğan, S. (2022). “You're Black. You're from Africa. You can't be the principal": Limited leadership in Islamic institutions. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 44(4).

Gonzalez-Doğan, S. & Doğan, B. (2020). Together in education, apart from brick and mortar: Rapid professional development for online distance learning. In R.E. Ferdig, E. Baumgartner, R. Hartshorne, R. Kaplan-Rakowski, & C. Mouza (Eds.), Teaching, technology, and teacher education during the COVID-19 pandemic: Stories from the field (pp. 211-217). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). 

Koyama, J. & Gonzalez-Doğan, S. (2019). Displacement, replacement, and fragmentation in ordermaking: Enacting sovereignty in a US-Mexican border state. Ethnography.

Doğan, S. (2015). The lived environments of the Middle East. In Teaching the Middle East: A resource guide for American educators, Washington, DC: Middle East Policy Council.  

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
EDU 302Diversity in Learning Contexts
BLE 536Ed for Social Transformation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 536Ed for Social Transformation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 511Intro/Language Minority Educ
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 410Leadership and Advocacy in Ed
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 410Leadership and Advocacy in Ed

Reviewer, Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2021-

Reviewer, Anthropology Education Quarterly, 2014-2017, 2020-

Reviewer, Current Issues in Comparative Education Journal, Teachers College Columbia University, 2013-2014 

Professional Associations: 

American Anthropological Association; American Association of University Women; American Educational Research Association; Middle East Studies Association; Comparative and International Education Society, American Educational Studies Association; Association for Moral Education


Service Representative for the Commission on the Status of Women, 2021-2022
Center for Maghrib Studies, Working Committee Member, 2020 - 
Fulbright Specialist, 2021-2025
Higher Education Program for Morocco - Islamic Education Domain, 2020-2021


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