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Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professional Background

Educational Background

2004     Dr. h.c. of Education, Mongolian State University of Education, Ulaanbaatar  (honorary doctoral degree)

1983     Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Zürich, Switzerland [Dr.phil.I]

1979     M.A. Social Psychology University of Zürich, Switzerland   [lic.phil.I]

Majors: Social Psychology and Mathematical-Biological Psychology
Minors: Sociology and Cultural Anthropology

1975     High school degree, branch: humanities, Holbeingymnasium Basel, Switzerland

Scholarly Interests

  • Policy borrowing and lending
  • Globalization studies
  • Comparative policy studies
  • School reform and teacher policy
  • Development and education

Selected Publications


Steiner-Khamsi, Gita & Waldow, Florian, eds (2012). Policy Borrowing and Lending. World Yearbook of Education 2012. London and New York: Routledge, 443 pages.

Chisholm, Linda & Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, eds (2009). South-South Cooperation in Education and Development. New York and Capetown, South Africa: Teachers College Press and HRSC Press, 304 pages.

Silova, Iveta & Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, eds (2008). How NGOs React. Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 303 pages.

Steiner-Khamsi, Gita & Stolpe, Ines (2006). Educational Import in Mongolia: Local Encounters with Global Forces. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 246 pages.

Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, ed. (2004). The Global Politics of Educational Borrowing and Lending. New York: Teachers College Press, 235 pages.

Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, Torney-Purta, Judith & Schwille, John, eds (2002). New Paradigms and Recurring Paradoxes in Education for Citizenship: An International Comparison. Oxford: Elsevier Science, 295 pages.

Steiner-Khamsi, Gita (1992). Multikulturelle Bildungspolitik in der Postmoderne [Multicultural Educational Policy in Postmodernity]. Opladen: Leske & Budrich, 239 pages.   

Full Curriculum Vitae [updated 2012].

ITSF 4091: Comparative education

Introduction to theories in comparative education, cross-national comparative analysis, educational indicator research, educational transfer and borrowing, and the relation between culture and education. This course is also offered at the doctoral level (ITSF 6580).

ITSF 4092: Qualitative research and evaluation in international education

The study of qualitative methodologies appropriate to various kinds of educational programs, issues, and problems in diverse research settings.

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.

ITSF 5006: Comparative Policy Studies: Overview

The course is designed to help students to understand foundations and techniques of policy analysis underlying education sector strategies of low-income countries. Part 1 will review critical debates over the role of donors and aid recipients in development contexts and introduce students to tools and techniques for producing education sector strategies. Part 2 will provide an overview of theories of the policy process from an international comparative perspective and therefore also include theories of global education policy, “traveling reforms,” and transnational policy borrowing and lending. Part 3 will discuss trends in various sub-sectors that international agencies tend to frame as “best practices” and for which they provide technical assistance and external financial support.  

ITSF 5580: Postcolonial studies of education

Prerequisites or corequisites: ITSF 4090 and ITSF 4091. This course explores the impact of missionary, colonial education, and neo-colonial education on school reform both in dependent countries and in former colonial countries.

ITSF 6902: Studies in international and transcultural studies

ITSF 8900: Dissertation advisement in international and transcultural studies

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Gita Steiner-Khamsi appeared in the following articles:

Expanding TC's Global Reach (2/19/2014)

Learning From The Rest Of The World (6/27/2013)

Learning From the Rest of the World (6/13/2013)

Gita Steiner-Khamsi (4/22/2013)

Professionalizing Pakistan's Teachers (12/7/2012)

TC Partnership With Pakistan a "Different Approach to Aid Work," Says Gita Steiner-Khamsi (6/27/2012)

Helping Pakistan Professionalize Its Teachers (6/11/2012)

A Hidden Teacher Shortage in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (2/16/2012)

An Economist Goes Back to School (6/8/2009)

Mediating for the Mediators (6/8/2009)

Learning to Evaluate Educational Projects Around the World (4/28/2009)

New Directions in International Development (4/28/2009)

TC and CIES: Showcasing Some of Our Internationally-Minded Faculty (3/14/2008)

Talking Equity, From Azerbaijan to Zambia (3/12/2008)

A Field Returns to Its Roots (2/13/2008)

Getting Better All the Time (10/18/2007)

Coming of Age in Japan (10/27/2006)

Coming of Age in Japan (10/3/2006)

TC: America's Policy Mecca (9/18/2006 1:27:00 PM)

A Borrower and Lender Be (4/12/2005)

IN BRIEF (2/23/2005)

Professor Steiner-Khamsi Receives Honorary Degree (2/2/2005)

NGOs and Educational Reform in Europe and Asia (11/26/2003)

Educating Current Leaders in Practice and Policy (8/1/2003)

The Open Society and TC Collaborate on Project Evaluations (8/1/2003)

San Cristobal Canyon Curriculum (9/18/2001 6:10:27 PM)

Zumwalt Leaves Dean's Post: Search for New Dean Begins (1/1/2001)

School 2001: TC Professor Works on Mega School Reform Project in Mongolia (7/1/2000)

Schoonmaker and Steiner-Khamsi are Awarded the 2000-2001 TC Faculty Research Fellowships (4/1/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

The First Mongolian students at TC (11/1/1999)

TC Students: Pioneers in Comparative Education with New Online Journal (1/1/1999)

China and TC Today (6/1/1997)

Learning by Really Doing (1/1/1900)