B.A., Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Stanford University
Cortina, R., & San Román, S. (Eds.). 2006. Women and Teaching: International Perspectives on the Feminization of a Profession.
Cortina, R., & Gendreau, M. (Eds.). 2003. Immigrants and Schooling: Mexicans in
Cortina, R., & Stromquist, N. P. (Eds.). 2000. Distant Alliances: Promoting Education for Girls and Women in
Cortina, R. 2012. "Empoderamiento de lenguas y culturas indígenas: El impacto de la ayuda bilateral alemana en Latinoamérica." Revista Latinoamericana de Educación Comparada, 3(3).
Cortina, R. 2011. “Globalization, social movements and education.” Teachers College Record 113: 1196-1213.
Cortina, R. 2011. “Globalización, movimientos sociales y sentido de la educación.” In V. Aspe Armella (comp.), México entre el discurso público y el ámbito privado. México: Porrúa.
Cortina, R. 2011. Putting Languages on a level Playing Field. Research Paper.
Cortina, R. 2010. “Empowering Indigenous Languages and Cultures: The impact of German Bilateral Assistance in
Cortina, R. 2009. “Immigrant Youth in High School: Understanding Educational Outcomes for Students of Mexican Origin.” In Terrence G. Wiley, Jin Sook Lee, and Russell Rumberger. Eds. The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the
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Cortina, R., and Sánchez, M.T. “Spanish Bilateral Initiatives for Education in Latin America.” Prospects 37 (2, June 2007): 267-281
Cortina, R. (Forthcoming). Partnerships to promote the education of Indigenous citizens. In R. Cortina (Ed.) The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Cortina, R., de la Cruz, I., & Makar, C. (2013). School trajectories of Mexican immigrant youth. In A. Sawyer & B. Jensen (Eds.), Regarding Educación Mexican-American Schooling, Immigration, and Bi-national Improvement (pp.149-171). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Cortina, R. (2011). Globalización, movimientos sociales y sentido de la educación. In V. Aspe Armella (comp.), México entre el discurso público y el ámbito privado (pp. 3-10). México City: Porrúa. [Globalization, social movements and the meaning of education].
Cortina, R. (2011). Globalización, política educativa y migración de mexicanos hacia el sur de Estados Unidos. In M.E. D´Aubeterre Buznego & L. Rivermar Pérez (Eds.), Migraciones en la huasteca poblana. Actores y procesos (pp. 147-171). México City: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Instituto de Ciencias Sociales. [Globalization, Education policy and Mexican migration to the South of the United States]
Cortina, R. (2009). Immigrant youth in high school: Understanding educational outcomes for students of Mexican origin. In Terrence G. Wiley, Jin Sook Lee and Russell Rumberger (Eds.), Bilingual education and bilingualism: The education of language minority immigrants in the USA (pp. 113-135).Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Cortina, R. (2007). Migración y Educación. In Migración y reconfiguración transnacional: Flujos de población (p. 323-342). Puebla, México: Universidad Iberoamericana. [Migration and Education, in the volume, Migration and Transnational Reconfiguration].
Cortina, R. (2006). Women teachers in Mexico: Asymmetries of power in public education. In R. Cortina, and S. San Román (Eds.) Women and Teaching: International Perspectives on the Feminization of a Profession (pp. 107-128).New York: Palgrave
Cortina, R. (2003). Las mujeres como líderes en la educación. In R. Cortina (Ed.) Líderes y construcción de poder: Las maestras y el SNTE. México City: Ed. Santillana [Women as leader in Mexican Education].
Cortina, R. (2003). Género y poder en el sindicato de las maestras y los maestros. In R. Cortina (Ed.) Líderes y construcción de poder: Las maestras y el SNTE. México City: Ed. Santillana.Cortina, R. (2003). Transnational factors and school success of Mexican immigrants. In R. Cortina and Gendreau, M. (Eds.) Immigrants and Schooling: Mexicans in New York. New York: Center for Migration Studies.
“Movimientos Indígenas, Etnicidad y Género en la Educación Superior”. Presented at Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2012 Conference, San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.
“Education and the Nation-State in the Era of Globalization”. Presented at Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2012 Conference, San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.
“Globalization, National Policies, and the Education of Indigenous Citizens”. Presented in the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference, Puerto Rico, April 22-27, 2012.“Primary and secondary educational institutions: A cross-national comparison” presented in “Students We Share: Mexican-Origin Children and Youth in the 21st Century.” American Education Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, April 8- 12, 2011.
"Civil Society, the German Cooperation and the Education of Indigenous Communities in
"Teachers College and the Rise of Mexican Public Education." Prepared for the
“Mexican Youth in
"Gender in the European Union's Development Aid Policy." 54th Annual Conference for the Comparative and International Education Society.
“Educational Pathways: Gender Inequality in Schooling.” Presented in 51st annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society.
“Immigrant Youth in High School: Understanding Educational Outcomes.” A paper for the UC LMRI and
“Life Chances and Challenges for Immigrant Latin American and Caribbean Women in
2012-2013 Columbia Global Centers, for a project, “Developing Professional in International and Comparative Education.”
2012-2013 Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University for university-wide celebration of 50 years of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, Teachers College hosted a panel with alumni who discussed their involvement in research and work related to education in Latin America.
2012-2013 Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, research grant to complete the book manuscript The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America.
2011-2012 Columbia Global Centers, for a project, “Developing Professional in International and Comparative Education.”
2010-2011 Institute of Latin American Studies at
2010-2011 Institute of Latin American Studies, Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Latin America, Project Title: “The Impact of German Cooperation and Poverty Reduction: The case of
2010-2011 Dean’s Grant for Tenure Faculty Research for project on “The European Union and Education in
2003 – Rockefeller Foundation, grant to produce Spanish translation of author’s book published in English, Poblanos en Nueva York: Migración rural, educación y bienestar [Immigrants and Schooling: Mexicans in New York].
2003 – Rockefeller Foundation, research grant, “Transnational Communities:
2002-03 – Russell Sage Foundation, research grant, “The Schooling of Immigrants in
1999 – Ford Foundation, book development grant, “Distant Alliances: Promoting Education for Girls and Women in
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Professor Cortina directs a new research initiative on Civil Society Organizations and Education: Advocating for Change in Latin America, with Dr. Constanza Lafuente, who is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the ICE program. The goal of this initiative is to study the advocacy strategies and contributions of civil society organizations in the field of education that are promoting the advancement of the right to education across the Americas. The research is looking into the success and challenges of such organizations that target governmental decision makers through the various policy stages, such as agenda setting, policy enactment, implementation and monitoring.
Professor Cortina launched The International Working Group on Indigenous Intercultural Bilingual Education, to provide opportunities for academics throughout Latin America to discuss issues related to Indigenous intercultural bilingual education (known as EIB, using the acronym in Spanish for Educación Intercultural Bilingüe). This initiative furthers our understanding of the challenges and limitations of current EIB policy arrangements for building equal educational opportunities for Indigenous children in Latin American countries. The research of the International Working Group is both relevant and timely. National governments regularly face the challenges of integrating Indigenous populations into their education systems, including the languages and cultures of these groups. With low achievement scores among Indigenous schools, some governments in Latin America are questioning further investments in Indigenous school resources, such as teacher training of EIB teachers. The Working Group can directly and positively influence this decision-making process.
ITSF 4060: Latinos in urban schools
Students will be introduced to theories and research explaining why Latinos in the United States are least likely of all major social groups to be enrolled in school and, as adults, are most likely to lack a high school diploma. The course will explore the racial/ethnic differences that exist between and within recent immigrant groups, drawing especially on research that shows the diversity of cultural backgrounds within Latino subgroups. Topics will include assimilation of new immigrants, educational achievement and persistence in school, language and schooling, the interplay of race and gender and class with educational attainment, and transnational communities.
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 5008: Gender, education, and international development
This seminar examines the field of international education development from the standpoint of feminist and gender studies. We will read and discuss relevant studies in anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as interdisciplinary research in the fields of development studies and gender studies. We will begin by considering the political and legal advances in women’s rights within the daily reality of people’s lives in developing countries through the multiple lenses of democratic theory, neoliberal policies, and multiculturalism.
ITSF 5500: Education across the Americas
In this seminar, students will be introduced to education and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean since the consolidation of national systems of public education during the twentieth century. Using theoretical perspectives drawn from development studies, globalization and comparative education, the course will include case studies of individual nations as well as issues embracing the region as a whole. Topics will include social and political dimensions of education, ethnicity and academic achievement, women’s education and social change, teacher preparation, student movements and patterns of migration. Moreover, the effects of projects financed by international organizations will be evaluated in terms of improved access, teacher training and intercultural understanding within the education systems of Latin America and the Caribbean.
ITSF 6580: Advanced seminar in international education I
This course will focus on the history, methods and theories in the field of international and comparative education.
ITSF 6581: Advanced seminar in international education II
This course will focus on issues, institutions, and applications in the practice of international and comparative education.
ITSF 6590: Doctoral seminar in international and transcultural studies
Permission required. Presentation of research in progress and examination of professional roles.
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