I am an Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (link to faculty page). I also direct the George Clement Bond Center for African Education. I am also affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Institute for African Studies, and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.
My research explores how countries rely on the education system to promote peacebuilding and transitional justice and how they use global models around human rights and citizenship. I draw on a sociological disciplinary perspective and mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate questions related to education in post-conflict contexts, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Rwanda and South Africa. I have also conducted research on human rights and diversity in New York high schools and the right to education for urban refugees in Ecuador, Lebanon, Kenya and other countries in the global south.
Currently, I am working on a project funded by the Spencer Foundation on civic identity and belonging among newcomer and resettled refugee youth in U.S. schools. I am also starting a new project on the role of education in promoting transitional justice and peacebuilding in Colombia.
I am a co-founder and former co-chair of the Education, Conflict, and Emergencies Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). I also served as a member on the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Education Policy Working Group. Currently, I serve on the editorial board of the Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) and the International Journal of Human Rights Education.
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