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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Columbia University
ICE Alumni Profiles > Stephen Chemsak

Stephen Chemsak

Stephen chemsackAdvisor: Gita Steiner-Khamsi

TC Degree, Program & Specialization:   Ed.D., IED/International Educational Policy

Geographical Focus: United States, Japan, Former Soviet Union, Central and Southeast Asia

Previous graduate school experience: Ed.M., International Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Research and scholarly interests: Education Policy, Statistics & Quantitative Research Methods, School Design, Comparative & International Development Education, School Violence, and Nonviolence

Recent Publications:

Chemsak, S. (2008).  Henry M. Levin. Who’s Who in Comparative and International Education Studies.  Available at:

Chemsak, S. (2008).  A Comprehensive Non-Partisan Analysis of Arizona's Charter School Plan.  National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Paper 158. Available at:

Chemsak, S. (2007). Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace Activist, Poet & Buddhist Monk. Available at:

Recent Presentation:

Chemsak, S.& Kuriakose, K.K. (2008). "Education, Equity, and Non-Violence."  Comparative and International Education Society 2008 Conference (March 17-21). Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.

Chemsak, S. (2007). "Probing the Relationship between Architecture and Education across Cultures:  The Cases of Japan, Russia, and the United States."  Comparative and International Education Society 2007 Conference (February 25-March 1).

Awards/Grants: New Scholar, Comparative and International Education Society, Comparative and International Education Society 2007 Conference; Department of International and Transcultural Studies Scholarship, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2005.

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