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Louis Francis Cristillo

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • BA, Anthropology, UCLA, 1978
  • MA, Anthropology and Education, Teachers College, 1999
  • PhD, Anthropology, Columbia University (Teachers College), 2004

Scholarly Interests

Agency and religiosity in education; religious education of Muslim diaspora communities in the US; issues of identity and schooling among Muslim minority children in the US; religious and secular education in the Middle East; education and development in the Muslim world

Selected Publications

Centers and Projects

Center for African Education
Website: http://www.tc.edu/centers/cae

The Center for African Education promotes research and teaching about education, broadly defined, in Africa and the African Diaspora. Its central aim is to create a community of students, faculty, and staff with common interests and commitments to the fields of Education and African Studies. Interdisciplinary study and discussion across Teachers College and Columbia University are promoted through research projects, conferences, lecture series, and courses. The Center integrates the study of African education in different programs at the College. It also promotes linkages with African universities by hosting visiting scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and activists who will present their research and experience from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. The Center provides a forum for students to discuss their research and interests with African scholars, Africanist faculty, and colleagues at conferences, public lectures, and seminars. It is also preparing to undertake joint activities with educational institutions and international organizations in New York City and with universities, research centers and non-government organizations in Africa, Latin America and other regions of the world. In accordance with Teachers College's main focus on education, psychology and health, the Center will pursue problems within these domains as well as contribute to the College's understanding and promotion of educational equity.