Juliet Perumal graduated with a PhD in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She holds a Bachelor of Paedagogics (Arts) from the University of Durban-Westville, Honours in Education from the University of South Africa, and a Master’s in Education (specialising in Language and Literature) from the University of Cape Town. She is currently Professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Johannesburg and Faculty Vice Dean: Research and Internationalization.
Perumal has taught at school, adult education and various universities throughout South Africa. She has published in the field of language and gender; critical, radical and feminist pedagogies; transformative curriculum, democracy, values and human rights; educational leadership; and qualitative research methodologies. Her work is framed by a strong social justice agenda. In her book publication: Identity, Diversity and Teaching for Social Justice (Peter Lang 2007), she combines several of her research interests.
She is a South African National Research Foundation Rated Researcher. She has been the recipient of various national and international scholarships and research awards (namely, Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan; SETI Fellowship to the University of Indiana; PhD Visiting Scholar to the University of Stanford; Erasmus Mundus Fellow at Vrije University; Recipient of the Canon Collins Educational Trust in Southern Africa Scholarship, several National Research Foundation grants and fellowships; postgraduate merit awards, etc. She is the recipient of the 2015: Joyce Cain Award Winner (Comparative and International Education) for outstanding research on peoples of African descent. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences.
Her current research interests include: critical feminism, education leadership, curriculum leadership, women in education leadership, qualitative research methodologies critical feminism, education leadership, curriculum leadership, women in education leadership, qualitative research methodologies.
She is committed to developing the intellectual for meaningful participation in society and as such is happiest when she and her students employ their knowledge, skills, passion and compassion to impact positively on communities. As such she works closely with community outreach projects.