MA in International Education


Program Faculty

Dana Burde (director)
Associate Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (comparative education and political science), Columbia University, 2001

Recent publications include: “Assessing impact and bridging methodological divides: Randomized trials in Countries Affected by Conflict,” in Comparative Education Review; “The effect of village-based schools: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Afghanistan,” NBER paper (with Leigh Linden); and “Preventing Violent Attacks on Education in Afghanistan: Considering the Role of Community-Based Schools,” in UNESCO, Education Under Attack: a Call to Action. She is an affiliate at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University and the recipient of grants from the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Weikart Family Foundation. She was recently awarded a Fulbright to Pakistan where she is on leave for 2012-2013.

Specialization in effects of war on education and how to mitigate these effects; education and political violence; transnational advocacy, NGOs, and humanitarian action.

René Arcilla
Professor, Philosophy of Education
Ph.D. (education and philosophy), University of Chicago, 1990

Among his publications are For the Love of Perfection: Richard Rorty and Liberal Education, A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education, and Mediumism: A Philosophical Reconstruction of Modernism, “Generation and the Postmodernist Anxiety of Influence,”  in Erziehungsphilosophie im Umbruch: Beiträge zur Neufassung des Erziehungsbegriffs, “The Questions of Liberal Education.”  Liberal Education, and "Modernising Media or Modernist Medium? The Struggle for Liberal Learning in Our Information Age," Journal of Philosophy of Education.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, and serves on the Review Board of Educational Theory.

Specialization in philosophy of education, and the relationship of a liberal education to humanism.

Richard Arum
Professor, Educational Sociology and Sociology
Ph.D. (sociology), University of California, Berkeley, 1996

Among his publications are Academically Adift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study, The Reemergence of Self-Employment: A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality, Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral, The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education, and "Schools and Communities: Ecological and Institutional Dimensions," Annual Review of Sociology. His most recent book, which he co-edited, is Improving Learning Environments in Schools: Lessons from Abroad. He is the Program Director of Education Research at the Social Science Research Council, the Interim Director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change, and the recipient of a Fulbright Institute New Century Scholar Fellowship.

Specialization in cross-national evaluation, legal and institutional environments of schools, comparative study of social stratification and self-employment.

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng
Assistant Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (sociology, education policy), University of Pennsylvania, 2014

Recent publications include "Community Poverty, Industrialization, and Educational Gender Gaps in Rural China,” Social Forces, “Are Immigrant Children Isolated at School? Nonparticipation in Extracurricular and Friendship Activities among Foreign-Born Youth,” Teachers College Record, “Along for the Ride: Effects of Best Friends’ Economic and Cultural Resources on Future College Attendance among Youth,” American Educational Research Journal, and "Multiple Sources of Disadvantage in China." in Multiple Sources of Disadvantage: Evidence on Promoting Equity and Inclusion in Education, World Bank Press.

Specialization in comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (with a focus on China and the US), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context.

Sean Patrick Corcoran
Associate Professor, Economics and Education Policy 
Ph.D (economics), University of Maryland 2003

Recent publications include "Training Your Own: The Impact of New York City's Aspiring Principals Program on Achievement," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, "White and Black Teachers' Job Satisfaction: Does Relational Demography Matter?," Urban Education, "The Relative Geographic Immobility of New Registered Nurses: Calls for New Strategies to Augment That Workforce," Health Affairs, "The Political Economy of School Choice: Support for Charter Schools Across States and School Districts," Journal of Urban Economics, and "Women, the Labor Market, and the Declining Relative Quality of Teachers,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, and an Education Policy Research Unit fellow.

Specialization in state and local public finance, the economics of education, and applied econometrics.

Philip M. Hosay
Professor, International Education
Director, Multinational Institute of American Studies

Ph.D. (history), University of Michigan, 1969

Among his publications are The Challenge of Urban Poverty, The Dictionary of American Biography, and an Outline Series in American Studies for the United States Information Agency. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Egypt, the West Bank, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Thailand, and he has lectured at a number of foreign universities, including Stockholm University, the Université Strasbourg, St. Petersburg University, Thammasat University, Chonnam National University, the University of Tokyo, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Most recently, he gave keynote addresses at the annual meeting of the American Studies Associations of Thailand, Korea, and the West Bank, and he was a Senior Fulbright Specialist in Turkey. A co-founder of the International Education Program, he established the Multinational Institute of American Studies, which has received over $7,000,000 in research and training grants to support the study of the United States in other countries.

Specialization in public diplomacy, international educational and cultural exchange, study of the United States in other countries.

Elisabeth King
Associate Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (political science), University of Toronto, 2008

Recent publications include From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda, Cambridge University Press; “From data problems to data points: challenges and opportunities of research in post-genocide Rwanda” in African Studies Review; “A critical review of community-driven development programmes in conflict-affected states” for DfID Research for Development; “Violent Conflicts and Natural Disasters: The Case for Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue” in Third World Quarterly (with John Mutter); and “The Multiple Relationships between Education and Conflict: Reflections of Rwandan Teachers and Students” in Educating Children in Conflict Zones.

Specialization in conflict and peacebuilding (esp. in Sub-Saharan Africa); community-driven development; education, peace and conflict; youth in conflict-affected-states; impact evaluation, qualitative and mixed methods.

Pedro Noguera
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education; Co-Director of the Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (Steinhardt)
Ph.D. (Sociology), University of California, Berkeley, 1989

His publications include: City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming The Promise of Public Education (Teachers College Press, 2003); The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada from 1951-1991 (Lang, Peter Publishing, Inc. 1997); Urban Youth and Community Change (Taylor & Francis, Inc. 2006).

Specialization in schools and the urban environment, education and economic and social development, race and ethnic relations in American society, and education in other countries.

Carol Anne Spreen
Associate Professor of International Education
Ph.D. (Comparative and International Education), Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001

Recent publications include the journal articles "'Until we get up again to fight...': Education rights and participation in South Africa" in Comparative Education Review (with Thapliyal, N. & Vally, S.), "The Curriculum and Citizenship Education in the Context of Inequality: Seeking a Praxis of Hope" in Perspectives in Education (with Valley, S.); and book chapter titled "Citizenship Education in the Rainbow Nation: History, Identity and Xenophobia in the new South Africa" in (Re)Building Memory: School Textbooks, Identity, and the Pedagogies and Politics of Imagining Community (forthcoming). Dr. Spreen has won numerous teaching and service awards, and has raised over $1 million in grant funding for international research and academic community engagment initiatives. Over the last two decades she has served as a researcher for several of the US’s leading educational research centers: School Redesign Network (SRN), National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST), Center for Research and Evaluation on Standards and Student Testing (CRESST), and North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL). Dr. Spreen a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in  South Africa, and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Education Rights and Transformation.

Dr. Spreen received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.Phil. in Educational Policy Studies from Teachers College, an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois, and a B.Ed. in International Education Development from the American University.   Professor Spreen is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in  South Africa, and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Education Rights and Transformation. She has previously been on the faculty at the Universities of Virginia and Maryland and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Educational Policy Unit (South Africa) and Stanford University’s Center for International Education.

Specialization in political and socio-cultural studies of educational change, teachers lives and work, educational quality and school achievement, the global impact of corporate privatization on education equity, and participatory action research.

Harold Wechsler
Professor of Jewish Education and Educational History
Ph.D. (History) Columbia University, 1974

He has published widely on access, governance, business education, and the formation of curriculum and disciplines in American higher education. His books include: Jewish Learning in American Universities: The First Century (with Paul Ritterband), Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle College MovementThe Transfer Challenge, and The Qualified Student: A History of Selective College Admission in America, 1870-1970. He also edits the annual Almanac of Higher Education for the National Education Association and coedits the ASHE Reader on the History of Higher Education (with Linda Eisenmann and Lester Goodchild).

Specialization in history of higher education, jewish education, access, governance and the formation of curriculum.

Jonathan Zimmerman
Professor, Educational History and History
Chair, Department of Humanities and the Social Sciences
Ph.D.(history) Johns Hopkins University, 1993

Among his publications are Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and MemoryWhose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools, Distilling Democracy: Alcohol Education in America's Public Schools, 1880-1925, "Ethnics Against Ethnicity: European Immigrants and Foreign-Language Instruction, 1890-1940," Journal of American History, and "Beyond Double Consciousness: Black Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa, 1961-1971," Journal of American History. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, his most recent book is Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century

Specialization in multicultural education, immigration history, the influence of schools on development, democratic community and education.

Affiliated Faculty

Awan Ampka
Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis, Director of Africa House, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (drama), University of Bristol, 1993

Specialization in African diasporic drama and film, transnationalism, and postcolonial theory.

Edward Berenson
Professor, History and French Studies, Director, Institute of French Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (history), University of Rochester, 1981

Specialization in modern France, history of popular journalism,comparative study of the popular culture of imperialism in England and France.

Jorge Castañeda
Global Distinguished Professor, Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (economic history), University of Paris

Specialization in U.S.-Mexican relations, immigration, human rights, and promotion of Mexican economic development.

David B.H. Denoon
Professor, Politics and Economics, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (political science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975

Specialization in political economy, national security, and East Asian affairs.

Richard W. Hull
Professor, History, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (African history), Columbia University, 1969

Specialization in history of Americans and American enterprise in Africa, urbanizationin sub-Saharan Africa, African studies.

Deborah Kapchan
Associate Professor, Performance Studies,Tisch School of the Arts
Ph.D. (folklore and folklife), University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Specialization in narrative, poetics, feminist theory, music, aesthetics, North Africa and the Middle East.

David Ludden
Professor, History, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (history), University of Pennsylvania, 1978

Specialization in South Asia, Middle East, World History, globalization, and economic development.

Ann Morning
Associate Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (sociology), Princeton University, 1992

Specialization in race and ethnicity, multiracial population, demography, sociology of knowledge and science, and immigration.

Mary Nolan
Professor, History, Lillian Vernorn Professorship for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (history), Columbia University, 1980

Specialization in twentieth-century European-American relations, Cold War, Modern German history.

Arvind Rajagopal
Associate Professor, Culture and Communications, Steinhardt School of Education
Ph.D. (sociology), University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Specialization in political economy of culture, globalization, contemporary South Asia.

Shanker Satyanath
Associate Professor, Politics, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (politics), Columbia University, 2001

Specialization in International relations, political economy, and comparative politics.

Martin A. Schain
Professor, Politics, former Director, Center for European Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (political science), Cornell University, 1971

Specialization in European politics, comparative politics, center-periphery relations.

Paul Smoke
Professor, Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
Ph.D. (international development planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988

Specialization in international urban and regional development, fiscal reform, public sector decentralization.

Frank Tang
Clinical Professor and Director, Multilingual Multicultural Studies, Steinhardt School of Education
Ph.D. (education), New York University, 1984

Specialization in culture and second/foreign language acquisition, comparative education, East Asian studies.

Florencia Torche
Associate Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ph.D. (sociology), Columbia University, 2004

Specialization in comparative sociology, stratification, education, wealth inequality, and intergenerational transmission of disadvantage.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at Steinhardt
PhD (clinical psychology), New York University, 1998

Specialization in the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development.

Adjunct Faculty

Joann Halpern
Adjunct Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (international education), NYU Steinhardt
Dr. Joann Halpern is the Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), a joint initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Prior to joining the GCRI, Dr. Halpern was Director of Academic Affairs and Pro­fessor of International Education at Global College of Long Island University. She also co-founded an NGO, Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries. Dr. Halpern was the Director of International Programs at Harz University in Wernigerode, Germany and worked in the international office of the University of Magdeburg.  She is a recipient of the Harvard University Award for Distinction in Teaching as well as grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Association, the Na­tional Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Robert Bosch Foundation. She serves on the board of directors of the Technical University of Dortmund, the University Alliance Ruhr, and LIU Global.

Specialization is cross cultural exchange.

Gabriel Moran
Adjunct Professor, International Education
Professor Emeritus, Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy of Education
Ph.D. (religious education), Catholic University of America, 1965
He is the author of 20 books and numerous essays in edited collections, among which are Experiences in Community, Religious Education Development, No Ladder to the Sky: Morality and Education, Uniqueness: Problem or Paradox in Jewish and Christian Traditions, A Grammar of Responsibility, "Is a Workable Ethic of Non-violence Possible?" International Seminar on Religious and Values, "Religion and International Ethics," Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education. He has also published 200 articles in such publications as Commonweal, America, Theological Studies, Cross Currents, and Education Week.

Specialization in international ethics and human rights, philosophy of education, and religion in education.

Arthur Zegelbone
Adjunct Professor, International Education
Arthur Zegelbone served as a Foreign Service Officer with experience in Latin America, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in East Asia where he spent nine years in Japan, the last four as Cultural Affairs Officer at the Embassy in Tokyo and a year as Japan-Korea Country Officer in Washington. Arthur was the recipient of two U.S. Information Agency Meritorious Service Awards: one for creative arts programming, the other for negotiating the first ever consensus resolution in the UN’s Committee on Information. He continues to serve as a consultant to the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership program, which brings 5,000 professionals in various fields to the U.S. each year to meet their American counterparts.  He is on the Board of Directors of the International Studio and Curatorial Program, an artists’ residency in Brooklyn, and on the Board of American Friends of the Danish National Gallery.  He has served as development consultant to several non-profit cultural organizations in New York.  He has collaborated with the Danish Arts Agency on an exchange of artists with New York City.

Specialization is in foreign affairs and cultural relations.

Faculty Emeritus

Donald Johnson
Professor Emeritus, International Education, and Co-founder of the International Education Program

Teaching Assistants

Sarah DeMott

Jonathan Friedman
M.A. (international education), NYU Steinhardt, 2009
Friedman previously worked as a Program Associate for the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa and has been an adjunct instructor for the International Education program for the last three years. He has also served as Program Coordinator for the SSRC's Visiting scholars program from Egypt, Coordinator for the 7th annual international education conference, and Doctoral student Representative to Steinhardt's Doctoral Affairs Committee.

Specialization in the production, promotion and dissemination of cross-cultural knowledge at American universities.

Annett Graefe
M.A. (German Studies), University of Missouri - Columbia, 2010
Graefe taught beginning and intermediate German at Drew University and Montclair State University, and was Program Assistant to the  Steinhardt Global Honors Seminar "Terrorism, Extremism and Education" under Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss.

Specialization in multicultural education, nationalism, and immigration in the German context.

Ozen Guven
M.S. (International Relations), Middle East Technical University – Turkey, 2010
Guven taught academic English to the freshman and sophomore at Cankaya University in Turkey, and taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced level English courses at the Turkish-American Association. She also worked as a consultant for several organizations that include United States Agency for International Development, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Department for International Development, and Education Above All.

Specialization in education in emergencies, conflict and political violence, ethnic and religious identity, nationalism, refugee education, state and non-state actors in conflict-ridden societies.

Grace Pai
M.Ed. (Middle Childhood Education - mathematics), Brooklyn College, 2010
Ed.M. (risk and prevention), Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2007
Pai served in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh and South Africa and was a high school math teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.

Specialization in postsecondary education, sub-Sahara Africa, and quantitative methods.

Visiting Scholars

Xiuyu Liu 
Professor,English Department, College of Foreign Studies, Liaoning University, China 
Ph.D. (Literary Criticism), Liaoning Univeristy, 2011

She is the author of two books in comparative literature, and of eight peer reviewed articles in such journals as Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Research and Literary and Art Forum.  She received a Fulbright to participate in the 2009 Multinational Institute of American Studies summer institute, and is being supported China Scholarship Council fellowship. 
Specialization in comparative literature, American Civilization, and American naturalism.  She is currently working on a study of American naturalism and industrialization.

Ghan Shyam
Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, India
Ph.D. (International Relations), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2003

He is the author of one book on the role of students in democratization, and of four peer reviewed articles and book chapters in such journals and books as Research Today: A Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Journal of Conflict Management and Development and of eight peer reviewed articles in such journals as Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Research, and Jane Fernandez (ed.), Diasporas: Critical & Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives, (Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2009. He received a Fulbright to participate in the 2005 Multinational Institute of American Studies summer institute, and will be supported by a Research Fulbright Fellowship to produce a book that compares the shifting identities of Indo-Caribbean and Indian immigrants in the United States.

Specialization in student movements, democratization, and South Asian immigration.

Lihua Wang 
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Study, Institute of Higher Education, Zhejiang University, China
Ph.D. (International Education), NYU, 2004

She Is the author of a  book on higher education in China, which was published by Zhejiang University Press and  Homas & Sekey Books (Paramus, NJ), and of 14 book chapters and peer reviewed articles, a number of which are in leading journals in comparative education, such as Comparative EducationInternational Journal of Educational DevelopmentResearch in Higher Education, and the Comparative Education Review. She is being supported by a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council.

Specialization in comparative higher education.