PhD in International Education

Annett Graefe-Geusch

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Program: International Education

Research Interests: Migration, multiculturalism and diversity, ideas of nation and national belonging especially as they relate to minority populations, organizational change and responses to the influx of new groups and demographic variation

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

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 is a doctoral candidate in international education. Her ethnographic research examines how teacher perspectives on minority religions are received in Berlin’s secondary schools. She is using Berlin’s mandatory Ethics instruction as an example of diversity management in public schools. Annett is evaluating the ways in which ethics teachers talk about their minority student populations and teach about diversity. In particular she is looking at the ways 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 groups of the population. Her dissertation research hopes to contribute to this line of enquiry using organization theory to evaluate school practices in liberal democratic societies.

Before beginning her PhD, 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.

Selected Awards, Publications, and Presentations:

CIES New Scholars Travel Award (March 2017)

NYU Global Research Initiative Fellowship (Fall 2015 & Spring 2017)

Shearwater Foundation Grant (2015, 2017)

Gräfe-Geusch, Annett and Cynthia Miller-Idriss. (Forthcoming) “Bekleidung aus Mittenwalde: Die Marke Thor Steinar.” Invited for Botsch, Gideon, Jan Raabe and Christoph Schulze. Rechtsrock: Aufstieg und Wandel neonazistischer Jugendkultur am Beispiel Brandenburgs. be.bra Verlag, Berlin.

Miller-Idriss, Cynthia and Annett Graefe. (2018) “Studying the Peripheries: Iconography and Embodiment in Far Right Youth Culture”. In: Stephen Ash, Joel Busher, Graham Macklin, Aaron Winter (Eds.). Researching the Far Right. Theory, Method and Practice. Routledge: London and New York.

A. Graefe (2017). From “Ausländerklasse” (foreigner class) to Ethics Instruction – the development of diversity management in Berlin’s Secondary Schools. Council of European Studies Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland. (Paper Presentation)

Miller-Idriss, Cyntia and Annett Graefe. (2017). Fitting in, Standing out: Multivocality and far right youth subcultural style. Council of European Studies Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland. (Joint Paper Presentation)

Miller-Idriss, Cynthia and Annett Graefe (2017). Fitting in, Standing out: Using Visual Data to Trace Multivocality in Far Right Youth Subcultural Style. Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. (Paper presented by second author)