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biographical information

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University in 2013. I grew up in Eilat, Israel and attended Tel-Aviv University for BA (Political Science and Educational Policy and Organization) and MA degrees (Sociology of Education). My research interests center on socio-political analysis of educational policy movements such as: accountability (i.e., international assessment of student achievement), environmental and sustainability education, and sexuality education. I examine these cases in a comparative or cross-national research design using quantitative and qualitative methods, and social network analysis.

honors and awards

2013                Honorable Mention, Graduate Student Paper Competition Award, Society for the    
                        Study of Social Problems, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division.

2012                Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement, American Sociological Association, Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Section.

2012                Honorable Mention, Judith Torney-Purta Outstanding Paper Award, Comparative and International Education Society, Civic and Democratic Education SIG.

2010                Graduate Student Paper Competition Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Conflict, Social Action and Change Division.

2010                Karl F. Schuessler Award for Graduate Research in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Indiana University.

2010                David Lee Stevenson Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Education Section.

2010                Graduate Student Paper Competition Award (2nd place), North Central Sociological Association.

2010                Judith Torney-Purta Outstanding Paper Award, Comparative and International Education Society, Civic and Democratic Education SIG.

2009                Social Action Award, Department of Sociology, Indiana University.

2005                Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Educational Policy and Administration, School of Education, Tel-Aviv University.

grants

2014                Provost's Investment Fund, Teachers College, Working Group on Environmental and Sustainability Education (with Thomas Chandler, Pamela Koch, Joey J. Lee, Sonali Rajan, Ann Rivet, and Jay Shuttleworth).

2013-2014       Teachers College, Columbia University Faculty Work Study Funding Grant. 

2011-2013       Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education.

2011-2012       John H. Edwards Fellowship, Indiana University.

2011                Travel Stipend, Sociology of Education SIG and Social Context of Education Division (G), American Educational Research Association.

2010-2011       Herman B. Wells Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University.

2010                Grant, American Sociological Association's Sydney S. Spivack Community Action Research Initiative (with Jack Martin and Kathleen Oberlin).

2009                Grant, American Sociological Association (ASA) Education Section's mini-conference, "New Directions in the Sociology of Education."

2008                Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Office of Vice-President for International Affairs, Indiana University and International Programs Committee, School of Education, Indiana University.

2007                Grant, Michael D. Palm Center, the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2006- 2008      Discipline-Based Scholarship in Education, Graduate Traineeship, Spencer Foundation and Indiana University.

2005- 2013      Tuition Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University.

2005                The Polak Travel Stipend for Graduate Students, School of Education, Tel-Aviv University.

2004                The Constantiner Travel Stipend for Graduate Students, School of Education Tel-Aviv University.

2003                The Environmental Simulation Laboratory Research Scholarship, Tel-Aviv University.

publications

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Pizmony-Levy, Oren and Aaron J. Ponce (2013). "Framing Strategies and Public Support for the Legalization of Marriage between Two People of the Same Sex." Sociological Perspectives 56(2): 169-190.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren, Idit Livneh, Rinat Arviv-Elyashiv and Abraham Yogev (2012). "The Development of Two-Year Technological Colleges in Israel and Its Implications for Stratification in Higher Education." International Perspectives on Education and Society 17: 183-212.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (2011). "Bridging the Global and Local in Understanding Curricula Scripts: The Case of Environmental Education." Comparative Education Review 55(4): 600-633.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren, Abagail M. Shaddox, Byron K. Thomas and Bryce A. Wininger (2010). "Health Care Provision for Local Disadvantaged Populations: Results from a Community-Based Study." Journal of Applied Social Science 4(1):3-26. [Lead article]  

 

Yogev, Abraham, Idit Livneh, and Oren Pizmony-Levy. (2010). "Non-Academic Post-Secondary Education in Israel: Different and Equal?" Israeli Sociology 11(2):363-388. [Hebrew]

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren, Guy Shilo, and Batia Pinhassi. (2009). "Is There a New Israeli Gay Teenager?" Journal of LGBT Youth 6(4):340-368.

  • Reprint in: Mifgash Journal of Social-Educational Work 33: 103-122 [Hebrew].

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren, Amit Kama, Sari Lavee, and Guy Shilo (2008). "Do My Teachers Care I'm Gay? Israeli Lesbigay School Students' Experiences at Their Schools." Journal of LGBT Youth 5(2):33-62.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (2006). "Sociological Perspectives on Youth Support for Social Movements." Proceedings of the Second International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement International Research Conference, Washington, D.C. USA. Vol. (2):67-85.

 

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

The Costs of Responsibility: Americans' Views on Higher Education (with Brian Powell and Kristin M. Jordan). Book Manuscript.

 

"Testing for All: The World-Wide Expansion of International Assessments of Students

Achievements 1958-2012"

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (forthcoming). "Charts, Graphs, Tables and the Environment: Using Service Learning To Teach About Social Statistics" in Nicole Schnemann, Andrew Libby and Emily Metzger (eds.) Service-Learning: A Candid Reflection.

 

JOURNAL ISSUES EDITED

Guest Editor, Journal of LGBT Youth, 2015. Special Issue on "International Perspectives on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Schools."

 

POLICY AND TECHNICAL REPORTS

Kosciw, Joe. G. and Oren Pizmony-Levy. (2013). Fostering a Global Dialogue about LGBT Youth and Schools: Proceedings from a Meeting of the Global Network Combating Homophobic and Transphobic Prejudice and Violence in Schools Sponsored by GLSEN and UNESCO. New York: GLSEN.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren and Patricia A. McManus (2012). Global Survey of Non-Governmental Organizations Servicing Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Research Report. Department of Sociology, Indiana University.

 

Oberlin, Kathleen C. and Oren Pizmony-Levy (2012). Findings from the 2010/2011 Social and Health Assessment of Patients, Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County. Research Report. Department of Sociology, Indiana University.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (2011). "Best Practices in LGBT Education and Bullying Prevention: The work of Israeli Non-Governmental Organizations." Paper submitted to UNESCO International Consultation on Addressing LGBT Bullying in Schools.

 

Shilo, Guy and Oren Pizmony-Levy (2011). Pride in Uniform -Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Soldiers in the Israeli Defense Force. Research Report. Tel-Aviv: Israeli Gay Youth Organization. [Hebrew]

 

Shilo, Guy and Oren Pizmony-Levy. (2008). 2008 National School Climate Survey - School Related Experiences of Israeli Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Research Report. Tel-Aviv: Israeli Gay Youth Organization. [Hebrew]

 

Shilo, Guy, Oren Pizmony-Levy, Amit Kama, Sari Lavee, and Batia Pinhassi (2006). Pride in Uniform -Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Soldiers in the Israeli Defense Force. Research Report. Tel-Aviv: Israeli Gay Youth Organization. [Hebrew]

 

Yogev, Abraham, Rinat Arviv-Elyashiv, Idit Livneh, and Oren Pizmony-Levy (2005). Devoid of Recognition: Non-Academic Post-Secondary Education in Israel. Research Report. School of Education, Tel-Aviv University. [Hebrew]

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren, Amit Kama, Sari Lavee, Batia Pinhassi, and Meir Menachem (2005). 2004 National School Climate Survey - School Related Experiences of Israeli Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Research Report. Tel-Aviv: Israeli Gay Youth Organization. [Hebrew]

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (2005). LGBT Community Center in Tel-Aviv Yafo - Findings from the First Community Survey. Research Report. City of Tel-Aviv Yafo Municipality. [Hebrew]

 

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS

Pizmony-Levy, Oren, James Harvey, William H. Schimdt, Richard Noonan, Laura Engel, Michel J. Feuer, Carla Santorno, Iris Rotberg, Henry Braun, P. Ash, Judith Torney-Purta, and Madhabi Chatterji (forthcoming). "On the Merits of, and Myths about International Assessments." Quality Assurance in Education 22(4): 319-338.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (forthcoming). Book Review of Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: Essays on Outreach, Service, Collections and Access (Edited by Ellen Greenblat) in Journal of LGBT Youth.

 

Pizmony-Levy, Oren (2013). Book Review of IEA 1958-2008: 50 Years of Experiences and Memories (Constantinos Papanastasiou, Tjeerd Plomp and Elena C. Papanastasiou) in Research in Comparative and International Education.

 

Weinshall Ophir, Shachaf, Keren and Oren Pizmony-Levy (2011). "No Man is an Island: Intersection of Field Research and Theories of Complexity." Organizational Analysis 15:45-56. [Hebrew]

 

Shachaf, Keren, Weinshall Ophir and Oren Pizmony-Levy (2010). "Sociological Perspectives on Military Leadership: Social Networks and Distributed Leadership." Mirrors of Leadership. Journal of the Israel Defense Forces. [Hebrew]

 

Binyamini, Shira and Oren Pizmony-Levy (2003). "Environmental Organizations in Israel - Movement in a Move." In: Frumkin, R., Khenin, D., Eidelman, A. (Eds.). Vital Signs 2002 - Israel. The World-Watch Institute, Babel: Tel-Aviv. [Hebrew]

professional presentations

*** Presentations with students

"Testing for All: International Assessment of Student Achievement and New-Institutional Theory" To be presented at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan.

 

"The Nation-State and the Emergence of International Assessment of Student Achievement 1958-2012" To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Toronto.

 

"Borrowing and Lending of Educational Movements: The Case of Teach For America' and Teach For All'" To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Toronto (with MeiYee Chew). ***

 

"Contentious Human Rights Education: The Case of Professional Development Programs on LGBTI Refugee Protection" To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Toronto (with Michael Ramsey). ***

 

"Beyond Access: Social Networks and the use of Free Health Care Services." 2013. Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (with Kathleen C. Oberlin).

 

"LGBTQ Youth and Informal Education: The Case of Israeli Youth Organization." 2013. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco (with Guy Shilo). 

 

"The Social Organization of Comparative and International Education Society Special Interest Groups." 2013. Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), New Orleans.

 

"The Costs of Responsibility: Americans' Views on the Funding of College." 2012. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Denver (with Brian Powell and Kristin M. Jordan).

 

"How Non-Governmental Organizations Engage With Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity-Based Forced Migration?" 2012. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Denver (with Patricia A. McManus).

 

"What Can We Learn About Environmental Education From International Educational Studies?" 2012. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver Canada, and Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), San Juan, Puerto-Rico (with Katie A. Bucher).

 

"What's in a Label? Israeli Youth's Perspectives toward LGBT Community' and Sexual Minority'." 2012. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver Canada (with Guy Shilo).

 

"Beyond Access to Health Care: Exploring Utilization Pathways of Free Clinics in a Rural Area." 2011. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas (with Kathleen Oberlin).

 

"Comparative Perspectives on School Climate and the Experience of LGBT Students" 2011. Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

 

"Green School Certificate in Israel: Social Predictors of Early Adoption." 2011. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans (with Dafna Gan).

 

"Americans' Perceptions of (Equal) Opportunity and College Access." 2011. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans (with Kristin M. Jordan and Brian Powell).

 

"Competing Frames and (Non) Effects on Public Support for Same-Sex Marriage." 2010. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta (with Aaron Ponce, Hubert Izienicki and Eric A. Grollman).

 

"Access and Utilization of Free Health Care Service: Findings from Community-Based Research." 2009. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco (with Byron K. Thomas, Abagail M. Shaddox and Bryce A. Wininger).

 

"Military Leadership and Social Networks." 2009. European Research Group On Military and Society (ERGOMAS) Conference, Stockholm, Sweden (with Keren Shachaf and Ophir Weinshall).

 

"From The World as Natural Educational Laboratory' to Educational League Table': Politics of Comparative Achievement Projects." 2009. Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Charleston.

 

"Social Movements and Organizations: The Case of Environmental Education in Israel 1970 - 2005." 2008. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston.

 

"Is There a New Israeli Gay Teenager?" 2008. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston (with Guy Shilo and Batia Pinhassi).

 

"How Framing Knowledge Matters? The Case of Public Sociology." 2008. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Boston (with Timothy L. O'Brien).

 

"Education Talk - Public Discourse on International Student's Achievements Tests in Israel and the United States." 2008. Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), New-York City, and Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New-York City.

 

"Youth Support for Social Movements in Twenty-Seven Countries." 2007. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New-York City. Shorter version was presented at the Collective Behavior and Social-Movements Section Workshop (CBSM) "Movement Cultures, Strategies, and Outcomes," Hofstra University, New-York.

 

"The Development of Environmental Education in Israel 1970 - 2005: Global and Local Explanations." 2007. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago.

 

"Sociological Perspectives on Youths' Support of Social-Movement Citizenship." 2006. The Second International Research Conference of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Brookings Institute, Washington DC.

 

"Non-Academic Post-Secondary Education in Israel: a Window to the Academic Dream?!" 2006. Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Society, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

 

"Between Reason and Region: Explaining Individual and Country Level Variations in Environmental Activism." 2006. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montral, Canada.

 

"Equality or Inequality? Non-Academic Post-Secondary Education in Israel." 2005. Spring Meeting of the International Sociological Society Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28), Oslo, Norway (with Abraham Yogev, Rinat Arviv-Elyashiv and Idit Livneh).

 

"Devoid of Recognition: Non-Academic Post-Secondary Education in Israel." 2004. Summer Meeting of the International Sociological Society Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (with Abraham Yogev and Idit Livneh). Shorter vesrion presented at the annual Meeting of the Israeli Educational Research Association (AYALA) in Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

 

"Who Are the Environmental Activists in Israel?" 2003. National Symposium: The Soft Side of the Environment. Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

professional organization membership

2008-Present   Member: Society for the Study of Social Problems [SSSP]

2008-Present   Member: Association for Israel Studies (AIS)

2006-Present   Member: Comparative and International Education Society [CIES]

                        SIGs: Globalization and Education, Education for Sustainable Development

2006-2008       Member: European Sociological Association [ESA]

2005-Present   Member: American Sociological Association [ASA]

Sections: Sociology of Education, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Political Sociology, Global and Transnational Sociology, Sociological Practice and Public Sociology

2004-Present   Member: Israeli Sociological Society [ISS]

Sections: Sociology of Education

2004-Present   Member: American Educational Research Association [AERA]

Division: Social Context of Education,
SIGs: Sociology of Education, Politics of Education

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 4902: Research Independent Study:International Transcultural

Research Independent Study:International Transcultural

Documents & Papers

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