PhD in International Education

Anna Hillary

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Program: International Education

Research Interests: education social movements, high school student activism, critical social theory, community control of schools

Principal Adviser(s): Carol Anne Spreen and Gary Anderson

Research Description/Bio:

Anna Hillary is a second-year doctoral student in International Education. Her interests center on education social movements, especially those which challenge predominant conceptions of learning and mobilize around radical systems of governance. She is currently examining high school student activism in Argentina, focusing on the critical consciousness of students who organize classes and act as proponents of their own learning while occupying their schools in protest, and on the processes by which popular education galvanizes social action through student-led learning.

Prior to doctoral study, Anna taught at the Facing History School, a public high school in NYC, and worked with educational, environmental, and arts organizations in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. She received a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSed in Spanish Bilingual Education from the City College of New York.

While at NYU, Anna has served as instructor and teaching assistant for courses related to globalization, human rights, and international activism. She is Assistant Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and an active member of the NYU Graduate Student Union, the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Students Forum, Free University NYC, and Rename&Reclaim, a group that promotes educational opportunities to strengthen the Black Lives Matter movement and related civil rights issues of our times. In 2014, she was awarded the NYU Steinhardt Samuel Eshborn Service Award for her involvement in community work across the university and NYC.