MA in International Education


Program Faculty

Dana Burde (director, on leave 2019-2020)
Associate Professor, International Education and Director of International Education Program
Associated Faculty, NYU Wilf Family Department of Politics and NYU Abu Dhabi
Research Fellow, Center for Economic Research and Policy (CERP, Pakistan)
Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Education in Emergencies

Ph.D. (comparative education and political science), Columbia University, 2001

Dana Burde’s research focuses on the effects of conflict on education, humanitarian aid, and the relationship between education and political violeFnce or peace. She has conducted field work in Central and South Asia, the Balkans, Central and South America, and West Africa. She is particularly interested in research that can be used to inform policy and that has the potential to help state and non-state actors create positive social change. Her research methods include qualitative case studies and complex field experiments that rely on both large-scale surveys and in-depth, qualitative interviews. Her book, Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan, Columbia University Press, received the $100,000 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 2015 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award, and 2015 Gabriel Carras Award. Recent work has appeared in Review of Educational Research, American Economic Journal-Applied, Comparative Education Review, and International Journal of Educational Development. 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, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Weikart Family Foundation.

Specialization in Education and Political Violence; Education in Emergencies; Youth and Conflict/Peace; Community Governance; Humanitarian Action; Educational Exchange.

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, serves on the Review Board of Educational Theory, and is the new President of the Philosophy of Education Society.

Specialization in Liberal Education, Humanism, Human Rights.

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, “The Importance of Minority Teachers: Student Perceptions of Minority versus White Teachers.” Educational Researcher, Cherng, H., 2016. "Is All Classroom Conduct Equal?: When Teachers Contact Parents of Racial/Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Adolescents." Teachers College Record, 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 Immigrant Adaptation, Race and Ethnicity, Social Capital and Education, East Asian Studies, Public Diplomacy.

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. A co-founder of the International Education Program, he established the Multinational Institute of American Studies, which has received over $10,000,000 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 U.S. in Other countries.

Elisabeth King (acting director 2019-2020) 
Associate Professor, International Education
Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Minor

Ph.D. (political science), University of Toronto, 2008

Elisabeth King works on issues related to conflict, peacebuilding, development, and education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Using research methods ranging from in- depth qualitative methods, to surveys and randomized experiments, her recent projects examine how education, youth programs, and community-driven development interventions really work (or not) for people in the global South. She has conducted field research in Croatia, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Philippines and elsewhere. She is author of From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda (2014), published by Cambridge University Press, that was named a 2015 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Libraries Association and earned her the 2014 Outstanding Canadians Leadership Award. Other recent work has appeared in World Development, Third World Quarterly and African Studies Review. King holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto (2008). She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Center for the Study of Development Strategies and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She has also consulted for such organizations as UNICEF, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Specialization in Conflict and Peacebuilding; Community-Driven Development; Youth in Conflict-Affected-States; Ethnic Identity; Historical Memory; African Studies.

Carol Anne Spreen (on leave 2019-2020) 
Associate Professor of International Education
Director, Education Studies Major

Ph.D. (Comparative and International Education), Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001

Carol Anne Spreen studies issues of poverty, inequality and human rights in education,
in the US, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Her current research centers on ethnographic studies teachers lives and work in rural schools, and defining educational quality and policy reform through a rights-based framework. She serves on several advisory boards and consultative groups that focus on education policy and international development including, Education International, the Brookings Institution, the British Commonwealth, Right to Education Project, and the Open Society Foundation. She is a Visiting Professor and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa. She serves on the Board of the Comparative International and Education Society (CIES). Previously she was on the Faculty at the Universities of Virginia and Maryland, a Visiting Professor at both Stanford University and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). Over the last two decades she worked with various US education policy 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). Recent publications include: "The Curriculum and Citizenship Education in the Context of Inequality: Seeking a Praxis of Hope" in Perspectives in Education (with Vally, S.), "Citizenship Education in the Rainbow Nation: History, Identity and Xenophobia in the new South Africa" in (Re)Building Memory: School Textbooks, and Spreen, C.A. & Monaghan, C. (2016) “Leveraging Diversity to Become a Global Citizen: Lessons for Human Rights Education,” (2016) In Bajaj, M. (ed) Human Rights Education: Theory and Practice. Chicago: Prentice Hall.

Specialization in Poverty, Inequality and Human Rights in Education, Participatory Development, Teacher Professionalization, Globalization, International Educational Exchange.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Ritty Lukose
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (anthropology), University of Chicago, 2001

Ritty Lukose’s teaching and research interests explore the relations between culture, politics, and economy as they manifest themselves in discourses and practices of gender across the varied terrain of globalization, especially as they impact contemporary South Asia. With a background in anthropology, she has examined the cultural and political impact of liberalization in India on conceptions of youth and education. She is currently interested in the relationship between Western, global and non-Western feminisms in the context of development discourse and practice at the international and regional/national/local contexts. Professor Lukose's research has been funded by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Program, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Academy of Education, and she has published several book chapters and articles on this research in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Social History, Social Analysis, and Anthropology, and Education Quarterly. Her book, Liberalization's Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India, was published by Duke University Press in 2009 and co-published in India by Orient Blackswan in 2010. A co-edited book, South Asian Feminisms was published by Duke University Press (2012) and Zubaan, a leading feminist press in India. She teaches courses on globalization, India/South Asia, sex/gender and feminisms within global contexts, and ethnography.

Specialization in gender, globalization, colonial, postcolonial and diasporic modernities; youth, education, development, mass media; feminisms, South Asia and its diasporas; political, cultural and social theory.

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

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.

Jonathan Friedman
Adjunct Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (international education), NYU Steinhardt
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.

Christine Monaghan
Adjunct Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (social foundations of education), University of Virginia
Chrissie Monaghan is a scholar-practitioner whose research focuses on three main areas: the impact on children of attacks on schools and hospitals in situations of armed conflict; globalization and refugee education; and the contemporary historical development and implementation of human rights education programming. She is currently the Research Officer at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and formerly served as a Program Officer at the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. Chrissie holds a doctorate from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, entitled Educating for Durable Solutions? Histories of Schooling in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps traces the contemporary historical development of refugee education in the post-Cold War era. Chrissie has carried out multiple research projects in countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, including an evaluation of UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy (PBEA) program in Ethiopia and Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp.

Specialization in education in emergencies, international relations, and human rights.

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

Khadija Abdous
M.A. (International Education), NYU Steinhardt, 2013
Khadija's research centers around privatization of education in Morocco and how it affects the quality of public education provision and education reform in the country. She received a Fulbright scholarship to study for her Master’s degree in International Education at New York University and has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Hassan II University. Prior to coming to NYU, Khadija participated in different teacher exchange programs in Morocco and the US. She taught English for two years at SIST British University and for seven years at various public high schools in Morocco. While at NYU, Khadija has served as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Global Education course.

Emily Dunlop
M.A. (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning/Comparative International and Development Education), University of Toronto, 2015
Emily has worked as a teaching assistant for the past year and taught a diverse course roster at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including the Politics of International Education and Introduction to Quantitative Methods in International Education. Emily has been a high school science and math teacher in both public and private boards in Canada and the UK, and worked as a curriculum developer and program coordinator for ESL programs and graduate student trips in Rwanda.

Specialization: conflict, peace and education, ethnic identity and inequality in schools post-civil war (region: sub-Saharan Africa).

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.

Alejandro Martí
M.A. (International Education) NYU Steinhardt, 2011
Alejandro has worked in the field of global education and cross cultural exchange since 1999. He worked as a language instructor with the University of Salamanca, Spain and in Eleuthera, Bahamas before coming to New York to teach Social Studies and Spanish Language & Literature for grades 6-12. He has been with New York University since 2009, where he began as an adviser in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and currently works with NYU's Office of Global Programs.

Specialization: internationalization of higher education, urbanism, transnational social movements, impact of technology and media on socio-cultural studies

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.