PhD in International Education

Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Hanauer, PhD

Name: Elizabeth Hanauer                                                      

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Date of Graduation:  May 2014

Where are you currently working, and what is your title?

Associate Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

How did the International Education program prepare you for your current role?

I now work in a university setting and one of my primary tasks is to work with faculty from across the disciplines to develop and expand interdisciplinary degree programs with global content.  To this end, having an interdisciplinary PhD is invaluable.  I also do a lot of work with the College of Education and K-12 education related programing, as the Center for Global Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center.  Having a strong background in the education field and experience in a school of education has proved very useful for my current position.

Why did you choose to pursue a Doctoral degree in International Education? Why NYU?

Before beginning my doctoral degree I had worked at an NGO in the field of international education for nearly five years.  I wanted to further my career in the field, but wished to transition to an academic setting.  I also had a strong desire to continue my study of immigration and integration in France that I had begun during my MA degree.  NYU was a perfect fit as the faculty expertise in my area of study is outstanding and the NYU program offered the right balance between academic and professional training and engagement.

Please describe the focus of your research:

My dissertation, “The Discourse and Teaching of Immigration History in France: Negotiations of Terminology, Ideology, and School Space” is a qualitative study of how the topic of immigration is addressed in French secondary schools as well as through the education department of France’s National Museum of Immigration History.  I have also conducted research and published on topics such as the teaching of controversial issues and on the internationalization of higher education.

What professor or scholar influenced you the most?

They are numerous and include: Sylvia Meier, LaRue Allen, Edward Berenson, Frederic Viguier, Rodney Benson, Nacira Guenif-Souilimas, Nancy Green, Phil Hosay, Jon Zimmerman, and Cynthia Miller-Idriss.

Awards & Fellowships:

  • Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award 2010, Office of Research, Steinhardt School, New York University, November 2010
  • Memory and Memorialization Fellow 2010-2011, CNRS-NYU Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, July 2010
  • Shearwater Grant for researchers in the areas of international education and cooperation, May 2010
  • Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, March 2009
  • New York University, Steinhardt 21st Century Scholarship for incoming doctoral students, May 2007
  • IIE International Learning Opportunity Award, April 2005
    Award to fund international professional development activities. Spent three weeks working at the IIE/Europe office in Budapest on scholarship management, selection and program development.

Please list a sample of your publications:

  • Hanauer, Elizabeth. “The Integration and Segregation of African American History: Self-esteem and Recognition in History Education” in Carrier, Peter ed. School and Nation. Identity Politics and Educational Media in an Age of Diversity Peter Lang Edition (2013).
  • Hanauer, Elizabeth. ‘Histoire nationale et multiculturalisme: l’enseignement de l’histoire afro-américaine en débat.’ in Falaize, B. Heimberg, C. and Loubes, O., eds. L’école et la nation Lyon: ENS Editions (2013).
  • Hanauer, Elizabeth and Anh-Hao Phan (2011) ‘Global Higher Education’s Boldest Step’ in University World News. August 21, 2011, Issue 185
  • Miller-Idriss, Cynthia and Elizabeth Hanauer (2011) ‘Transnational higher education: Offshore campuses in the Middle East’, Comparative Education, 47:2, 181-207

Courses taught:

At NYU I was a TA for International Education, Comparative Studies of Education and Qualitative Research Methods.

I have also been a guest lecturer at the New School on “Race, National Identity and Schooling in France”

I have presented at academic and professional conferences in France, Spain, Canada, and across the United States.

What did you like the most about the International Education program at NYU Steinhardt?:

Great faculty, an interdisciplinary course of study, and continued opportunities for professional as well as academic advancement.  I also received opportunities to publish and conduct research with faculty.