PhD in International Education

Heddy Lahmann

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Email: heddy.lahmann@nyu.edu

Program: International Education

Research Interests: Arts education in settings of humanitarian crisis, education in emergencies, peace education, youth identity, international development, arts-based research

Principal Advisor(s): Dana Burde, Jennifer Hill, Nisha Sajnani, Niobe Way

Research Description/Bio:

Heddy Lahmann is a doctoral candidate in the International Education program. Her research focuses on the use of creative arts for youth development and peacebuilding in conflict and crisis-affected settings. She is interested in the ways that arts education crops up in emergency settings, how and why it is employed and with whom, the politics of its employment, and finally its measurable and immeasurable effects (both perceived and overlooked). Her dissertation is a mixed methods study on an educational theatre program with youth in Afghanistan.

Heddy earned a B.A.in Theatre from San Diego State University and an M.F.A. in Theatre and Performance from the University of Connecticut. In 2010, she traveled with a team of artists to Haiti with Clowns without Borders and performed an educational clowning show for children affected by the devastating earthquake. That experience ultimately led her to pursue a deeper investigation of the use of arts programming in humanitarian settings in her doctoral research.

Selected Awards, Publications, and Presentations:

2016-2017 Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict Program Fellow

Lahmann, H. “‘Afghanistan is a silent bird. But I am an eagle.’ An Arts-Based Investigation of Nation and Identity in Afghan Youth." Harvard Educational Review. Forthcoming 2018.

Burde. D, Guven. O, Kelcey. J, Lahmann. H, Al-Abbadi. K (2015). “What Works to Promote Children’s Educational Access, Quality of Learning, and Wellbeing in Crisis-Affected Contexts. Education Rigorous Literature Review”. London, UK: Department for International Development.

Investigating an Arts-based Approach to Youth Identity and Peacebuilding. Paper presentation for the Education, Conflict, and Emergencies Special Interest Group panel at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference. Atlanta. March 2017.

Afghan Youth: Exploring Identity in the Context of an Arts-Based Youth Development Program in Afghanistan. Paper presentation for the Education, Conflict, and Emergencies Special Interest Group panel at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference. Vancouver. March 2016.