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Vancouver | Assistant Professor |
Master of Public Policy and Administration

Dana-Marie Ramjit, Ph.D.



The elements of my philosophy of teaching and learning are:

1. Critical Pedagogy – as an instructor, I see my role as challenging, enabling, and supporting my students. My goal is to help them acquire knowledge based on evidence-based analysis of real-world phenomena and contextualize it to understand the wider society. I aim for students to evolve into critical and creative thinkers about public policy knowledge and fields of practice. This intellectual expedition is achieved in several ways: individual engagement with relevant, multifarious course materials (readings, lectures, videos, games); discussions inside and outside of the classroom with instructors and peers; and personal writing and group work to analyze real-world data, think critically about it and synthesize one’s questions and conclusions.

2. Respect for Students – university students have diverse experiences (age, communities, responsibilities, families). As an instructor, I prioritize respect and compassion for all students and strive to create an open learning environment for all to share their lives and experiences in the classroom suitably and creatively.

3. Values & Ethics – the Values and Ethics Code for the public sector of Canada includes respect for democracy, respect for people, integrity, stewardship, and excellence. My premises resonate with these principles.

4. Continuous Self-Improvement – my enduring commitment to the teaching profession involves continuously improving my practice through reflection and professional development to enhance my skills.

5. Community Service – my professional experience includes thirteen years of academic knowledge and 15 years of community development work among youth and the elderly. This work included organizing and conducting training and community education events at the local level. In 2021, I founded a non-profit, The Sapphire Project, that works mainly in developing countries like India to address the challenges of poverty, lack of access to education, and hopelessness.

I am interested in working with Adler students because of their passion, engagement, and energy. I also appreciate the diversity of our students and feel inspired by their inquiries. Finally, I am motivated to know that I am supporting people and providing a valuable service, and our Adler students are impressive in articulating their learning.



  • Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • MSc. International Relations, University of the West Indies
  • PG. Dip International Relations, University of the West Indies
  • B.A. Communication and Literature, University of the West Indies
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Research Ethich Borad, Adler University, Canada. Member (2020 – Present)
  • Global Labour Organizations, Germany. Research Fellow (2017 – Present)
  • STAR Institute, Canada, Research Associates (2017 – 2020)
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration
  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Ramjit, D. “From Postinternationalism to Heterarchy: Turbulence and Distant Proximities in a world of Globalization and Fragmentation” – Edited Book Chapter with Philip G. Cerny (forthcoming 2023).
  • Ramjit, D. (2023). Governance in a Fragmegrative World. Structure and Actors: Our Global and Local World. In K. Moloney, G. Billingsley, B. Jeong, P. Sanabria, T. Thornton, E. Zeemering (Eds.), ASPA’s Handbook on Crisis and the Public Sector (forthcoming 2023). Routledge.
  • Ramjit, D. (2021). Exploring the Exploring the Political Dynamics of Non-Governmental Organizations and the State in Trinidad and Tobago from a Postinternational Framework. International Journal of Political Activism and Engagement. Volume 8 (2). DOI: 10.4018/IJPAE.2021040102.
  • Burrell, D., Johnson, T., Shufutinsky, A. & Ramjit, D. (2021). Organizational Dynamics of the Rise of Telework as an Adaptive Response to a Global Pandemic. Land Forces Academy Review,26(3) 209-222.
  • Ramjit, D. (2019). An exploration of the NGO-state relationship in Trinidad and Tobago from a postinternational perspective. Scholar Works. Walden University. Retrieved from
Professional and Academic Positions of Note

Professional and Academic Positions of Note

  • Strategic Management Team Member, Charisma University
  • Leadership Enhancement and Accountability Development Team Member, Charisma University

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