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Mary Anne Mendenhall

Professional Background

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Ohio University
Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, New York University
Doctor of Education, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

My research interests include education in emergencies, refugee education and urban refugees. I am also interested in the quality, relevance and sustainability of educational support provided by international organizations for displaced children and youth in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

My more recent project work and research entail teacher professional development for refugee and national teachers providing education to refugees in Kenya.

Selected Publications

ITSF 4005: Education in emergencies and reconstruction

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the growing and increasingly complex field of education in emergencies, one which encompasses crises caused by natural disasters and armed conflict and which spans the relief-development spectrum.

ITSF 4090: Issues and institutions in international educational development

This course explores theoretical approaches to the study of education in international development and uses these approaches to consider current topics and debates in the fields of international and comparative education. This course also introduces students to institutions involved with educational development in diverse global settings, such as the United Nations and the World Bank. This course is also offered at the doctoral level (ITSF 6581).

ITSF 4096: Strategic planning and organizational change in international and national educational settings

The seminar uses theories and methods of social network analysis for examining regional and global policy networks. Besides reading and discussing sociological texts and policy studies literature, we will conduct collaborative empirical analyses of policy networks and policy entrepreneurs. Willingness to conduct empirical research (content and reference analyses) is a condition for participating in this seminar.