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Program Director Professor Dana Burde

Doctor of Philosophy
International Education

Prepare for a faculty position in comparative and international education, or for a career as a professional educator in international and multinational settings. Develop a course of study that concentrates on a cultural area of the world, with options to study abroad, and take courses in specialized research methods, social science or humanities disciplines, globalization, and educational policy.

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PhD in International Education

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Our curriculum includes doctoral seminars, core courses in international education, specialized research methods, areas studies courses, and course work in your area of interest.

You can tailor your program of study by choosing one of the following concentrations:

  • Cross-Cultural Exchange and Training prepares you to conduct research, teach, and work in educational and cultural organizations that facilitate international exchanges and cross-cultural training
  • Global Education prepares you to conduct research; teach; and work in colleges, universities, schools, publishing houses, and educational agencies that design, develop, and implement global education programs
  • International Development Education prepares you to conduct research, teach, and work in government agencies, private voluntary organizations, and foundations that provide educational assistance to underdeveloped countries to achieve sustainable economic growth

The list below includes initial or current positions for graduates of the International Education doctoral program in the past decade.

  • Research Director, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
  • Project Director, Pen America
  • Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, NYU Shanghai
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Virginia
  • Senior Program Advisor, International Programs at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Director of Study Abroad, DePaul University
  • Academic Director, Global Institute for Secondary Educators
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), Seton Hall University
  • Director, Office of International Programs, Boston College
  • Director, International Programs and Services, SUNY Purchase
  • Community Manager, Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel
  • Associate Professor, American University
  • Director, Office of International Affairs, Stanford University

NYU Steinhardt offers a competitive funding package for PhD students who study full time. Learn more about Steinhardt's funding opportunities.

Eligible and qualified International Education applicants may also be nominated to receive a multi-year fellowship from NYU's Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training program (IES-PIRT).  NYU's IES-PIRT Program is committed to strengthening the pipeline of skilled researchers prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant education research. IES-PIRT intends to recruit students from groups underrepresented in education sciences, including scholars of color, students from low-income families, immigrant origin students, and individuals with disabilities. Qualified incoming PhD students may apply for a 4-year fellowship that includes a generous stipend, tuition coverage, and other benefits. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To be considered for the fellowship, IES-PIRT strongly recommends that applicants signal their interest in the IES-PIRT fellowship in their application and check the expression of interest box in Steinhardt's application portal. When reviewing applications, the IES-PIRT committee is looking for a) a clear record of interest and/or commitment to research on causal questions in education science relevant to the U.S. context, b) demonstrated aptitude for and interest in quantitative methods and data science, as demonstrated by high grades in advanced math, quantitative methods, or statistics coursework in college and/or graduate school, and c) clear evidence of interest in developing research skills and knowledge in areas of education science. Learn more about IES-PIRT or contact for more information. 

International Education Doctoral Student Jonathan Friedman

Drawing mainly from the fields of cultural and organizational sociology, I ask questions about how educational practices and institutions are shaped, how they undergo change, and how this varies across comparative contexts.

Jonathan Z. Friedman, International Education PhD


Dana Burde

Associate Professor and Director of International Education

Elisabeth King

Professor of International Education & Politics (On Sabbatical until January 2023)

Carol Anne Spreen

Associate Professor of International Education

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng (程華宇)

Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging; Associate Professor of International Education

Heddy Lahmann

Clinical Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of International Education

Associated and Affiliated Faculty

Erich Dietrich

Clinical Professor of Higher Education and International Education


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