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Carine Ezzedine Allaf

Professional Background

Educational Background

2006 – 2010                Ph.D. in International Comparative Education, University of California, Los Angeles.

                                    Dissertation: “An Exploration of Higher Education Graduation Rates: A Case Study of Women in Jordan.”

                                    Committee: Val Rust (Chair), Edith Mukudi Omwami, Linda Sax, James Gelvin.


2001 – 2002                M.A. in Elementary Education. Teachers College, Columbia University.

                                    Masters Thesis: “Who Am I? A Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 1-3.”

Teaching Certification: N-6 Pennsylvania, New York.


1997 – 2001                B.A. in Psychology. Lehigh University.

Minor: Education


Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

professional presentations

·      The patriarch as an enabler in the completion of higher education: The case of women in Jordan at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, 2011.

·      Invited Panel: The Middle East Uprisings: An invitation to reflect on comparative education research at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, 2011.

·      Centrality of the Family in Women’s Higher Education: The Case of Jordan – Invited to present a Research Briefing at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, July 2010.

·      Invited to participate in the Comparative and International Education Society’s New Scholars Workshop, 2009

·      Why don’t they graduate? A literature review of women’s tertiary completion rates in Jordan at the Comparative and International Education Society and at the Student Researcher Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2008

·      Why don’t Jordanian women graduate? A theoretical look at gendered experiences in higher education in Jordan at the Center for the Study of Women’s Thinking Gender Conference, at the University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

·      Lebanon and the Palestinian Refugees: Education for All? at the Middle East and Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference at the University of Utah, 2007

·      Writing Workshop in the Elementary Classroom at the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 2005

·      Differentiated Instruction: How to reach ALL learners at the Mini-NESA Conference at the American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon, 2003


Allaf, C. (TBD). Centrality of Family on Decision Making: The case of Jordan. In Issam Fares Institute and   UNICEF MENA (Eds.), Situation Analysis on Youth and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

Rust, V. and Allaf, C. (TBD). Fundamentalism, Terrorism, and Islamic Education. In H. Daun and R. Arjmand (Eds.), Handbook on Islamic Education. Springer.

Allaf, C. and Washington, K. (2009). Review of Educational Initiatives for Vulnerable Iraqi Children in Jordan.   UNICEF Jordan Country Office; Relief International-Schools On Line – Internal Report.

Rust, V., Johnstone, B., and Allaf, C. (2009). Reflection on the Development of Comparative Education. In A. Kazamias and R. Cowan (Eds.), International Handbook of Comparative Education. Springer.

Allaf, C. (2006). Carine Allaf’s Inquiry: My Search for the Perfect Classroom. In C. Oyler (Ed.), Learning to Teach Inclusively: Student Teachers’ Classroom Inquiries. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

custom course list

  •  Issues and Institutions in International Education
  • Education in Emergencies
  • Women and Education in the Middle East
  • Politics, Conflict, and Education
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Change in National and International Education Settings