Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania,will receive the 2014 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award from the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) for Refugees, Immigrants and Education in the Global South (Routledge, 2013). She will receive this award along with other co-authors of the book.
The Kirk Award was created in 2010 to honor the professional life of Jackie Kirk, a McGill University faculty member killed in Afghanistan while on a humanitarian aid mission, and her deep commitments to work on gender and education and education in conflict.
The award committee members called Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South â€œan important contribution to the debate on education and migration,â€ calling it â€œtheoretically sophisticated, well developed and intellectually coherentâ€ and praising it for drawing upon â€œrich ethnographic research approachesâ€ and contributing â€œa wealth of new insights into the cross-cutting issues of gender, education, migration and conflict.â€
In the words of nominator Erin Murphy-Graham of the University of California at Berkeley, a key contention of Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South is that â€œthe definition of who â€˜countsâ€™ as a refugee is in need of serious attention.â€ She praises the book for identifying â€œa vital new line of inquiry within the fields of education, migration, and development studies: migration and educationâ€ and for examining â€œthe role of schooling in incorporating or further marginalizing (im)migrant and displaced populations.â€