PhD in International Education

Annett Graefe

Expected Date of Graduation: May 2017


Program: International Education

Research Interests: Migration, Multiculturalism, ideas of nation and national belonging, organizational change and responses to the influx of new groups

Principal Adviser(s): Dana Burde, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, James Fraser

Dissertation Title: “Teaching Ethics for Peace and Integration: Ethics Teachers’ Perceptions of Religious Minority Youth and Integration in Berlin’s Secondary Schools”

Research Description/Bio:

Annett Graefe is a fourth year PhD student and currently conducting her ethnographic dissertation research in Berlin, Germany. Annett’s dissertation research evaluates the ways in which minority religions are received in Berlin’s secondary schools. In particular she is looking at the ways in which Berlin’s mandatory ethics instruction, which is designed to follow a religiously and ideologically neutral curriculum, deals with religion. More generally she is interested in how societies, social institutions and organizations (specifically schools) respond to demographic changes caused by immigration and migration and try to accommodate or integrate new parts of the populations. Annett is also engaged in research projects with Professor Miller-Idriss and Professor Burde.

Before beginning the PhD program at NYU, Annett taught German at Drew University and Montclair State University. At NYU, Annett has worked as teaching assistant for “Comparative Studies of Socialization” (Spring 2014 & 2015), “Comparative Studies of Education: Qualitative Methods” (Fall 2013 & 2014), and “Religion and Public Education in an International Context” (Fall 2014) as well as Facilitator for an Intergroup Dialogue on National Origin. Annett is the recipient of the Global Research Initiative Fellowship (Fall 2015 & Spring 2017) as well as the Shearwater Foundation Grant (2015).

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Graefe, A. (2015). “Diversity in Berlin’s Primary and Secondary Schools: Reflections on the Past to look to the Future.” Comparative International Education Society National Annual Conference. Washington, DC.

Graefe, A. (2014). “Constructing the cultural Other in Policy Documents – Migrant Women and Mothers in the German National Integration Plan and Program (Poster).Steinhardt Scholarship Day, New York University, New York.

Graefe, A. (2014). “Education, the Integration of Ethnic Minorities, and EFA in Germany”. Comparative International Education Society National Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada.

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