My research explores the relationships between politics, education, and identity in post-conflict countries, with a focus on the East African country of Burundi. Specifically, I look at how governments address ethnic and regional inequalities in schools after violence and the implications of a changing political economy post-war on perceptions of group-level inequalities. These perceptions of inequality have important implications for the role of education in peacebuilding and post-conflict development. My dissertation (International Education, NYU) was nominated for Outstanding Dissertation, NYU Steinhardt (2022), the NYU-wide Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation at the Comparative International Education Society (Honorable Mention), and Best Dissertation in the Education, Policy, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
I have taught Introduction to Global Education (undergraduate), and Quantitative Methods in International Education (graduate). In addition, she has served as a teaching assistant in Contemporary Issues in International Education, Political Issues in International Education, and Quantitative Methods in International Education at the graduate level, and Introduction to Global Education, and Global Culture Wars at the undergraduate level.
At Cornell, I work as a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Government as part of the Active Learning Initiative. My work focuses on improving student outcomes in political science classes such as Political Violence, Post-Truth Politics, and How Do You Know That?
I have secured funding for my research and related projects from UNU-WIDER, the MasterCard Foundation, and GIZ (GLAC), in addition to internal grants from NYU Steinhardt.
Prior to my work at Cornell, I received my PhD from New York University in International Education. I obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto in Comparative International and Development Education, a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto in Secondary Education, and a Bachelor of Science from Queen's University, Kingston. She has extensive experience working as a teacher and curriculum developer in Canada, the UK, and Rwanda.
My work has been published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Africa Spectrum and Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
I was also thrilled to serve as a guest editor for a special issue on Education in Pandemics for the Journal on Education in Emergencies (Volume 8, Issue 3)
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