Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. Education, Stanford University, 2017
M.Sc. International Development, University of Amsterdam, 2010
B.A. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Oxford, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests
Sociology of education; global and transnational sociology; civic education; higher education; refugees and humanitarian emergencies; international organizations

Research Summary
I study changing global ideas about the role of education in society and how these changes manifest in education systems around the world. A recent project has focused on the growing institutionalization of education as a core pillar of international responses to humanitarian emergencies. I explored how this shift not only broadened the boundaries of humanitarian aid – historically focused on survival – but also expanded the objects of education from long-term development to emergency relief. In a second line of research, I have studied shifting portrayals of society in educational curricula worldwide, using data coded from school textbooks on topics such as nationalism, diversity, and human rights, as well as internationalized study programs at universities. In addition to these lines of work, I am currently involved in a research effort to understand ongoing contestations over the institutions promoted by the post-World War II liberal international order, with particular focus on universities. You can view publications from these projects here.

To support my research in education, I have been awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.