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Regina Cortina

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Stanford University

Scholarly Interests

Comparative and international education; gender and education; the education and employment of teachers; public policy in education; education in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

Selected Publications

Books

Cortina, R. (Ed.). 2014. The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Cortina, R., & San Román, S. (Eds.). 2006. Women and Teaching:  International Perspectives on the Feminization of a Profession.  New York: Palgrave.

Cortina, R., & Gendreau, M.  (Eds.). 2003. Immigrants and Schooling: Mexicans in New YorkNew York:  Center for Migration Studies.  

Cortina, R., & Stromquist, N. P. (Eds.). 2000. Distant Alliances:  Promoting Education for Girls and Women in Latin AmericaNew York: Routledge-Falmer.

Recent Articles

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.  University of New York at Albany:  NYLARnet.

Cortina, R. 2010. “Gender equality in education: GTZ and indigenous communities in Peru.”  Development  53 (4): 529-534.

Cortina, R. 2010. “Empowering Indigenous Languages and Cultures: The impact of German Bilateral Assistance in Latin America.” European Education: Issues and Studies 42 (3): 53-67.

Cortina, R. 2009. The Education of Latinos in Northern Manhattan Schools. Policy Paper. The State University of New York at Albany: NYLARNet.

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 United States, pp. 113-135.  Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Cortina, R. “Latinos and Educational Policy in the Global American South.”  Latino Research Review 6 (3, 2008): 93-104.

Cortina, R., and Sánchez, M.T.  “Spanish Bilateral Initiatives for Education in Latin America.”  Prospects 37 (2, June 2007): 267-281

Book Chapters

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.


professional presentations

“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 Peru." Prepared for Conference Reconstructing National Identities: Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America at Teachers College, Columbia University. New York, October 6-7, 2011.

"Teachers College and the Rise of Mexican Public Education." Prepared for the Lawrence A. Cremin Seminar and Lecture Series at Teachers College, Columbia University. New York, October 19, 2010. 

“Mexican Youth in New York City.”  Prepared for the Conference: The Students We Share: New research from Mexico and the United States/Los estudiantes que compartimos: Investigación reciente en México y los Estados Unidos.  Mexico City, January 16, 2010.

"Gender in the European Union's Development Aid Policy." 54th Annual Conference for the Comparative and International Education Society. Chicago, March, 2010.

“Educational Pathways: Gender Inequality in Schooling.” Presented in 51st annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society. Baltimore, March 2007.

“Immigrant Youth in High School: Understanding Educational Outcomes.” A paper for the UC LMRI and Arizona State University conference, Immigration, Education, and Language.  Arizona, May 3-5, 2007.

“Life Chances and Challenges for Immigrant Latin American and Caribbean Women in New York City.” Presented at the international conference The Right to Education in the Context of Migration and Integration. Bonn, November 15-16, 2007.

grants

custom course list

Latinos in Urban Schools
Course Number: ITSF 4060

Course Overview: 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.

Comparative Education
Course Number: ITSF 4091

Course Overview: The goal of this graduate seminar is to understand how the impact of globalization and changes in the mode of economic development in world regions affect the role of education as a key to reducing social inequality in the regions. To accomplish this goal, we will read recent research to explore issues that help clarify the following general questions:

a) How has the flow of financial support from multilateral and bilateral agencies influenced education and policies in different world regions?

b) To what extent are new policy formulations in education linked to the mobilization of social actors in civil society, such as non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and others, or to what extent are they rather the result of top-down strategies?

c) What are the similarities and differences in education policies across countries, and are there perceptible patterns in how countries in different regions have responded to the challenges of globalization?

The course will consist of short lectures accompanied by class discussions based on careful reading of the assigned materials. Students are expected to read all the materials identified for the session, participate actively in the discussion, and complete all written assignments.

Education Across the Americas
Course Number: ITSF 5500

Course Overview: In this graduate 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.

Gender, Education, and International Development
Course Number: ITSF 5008


Course Overview: This graduate seminar examines how feminist studies and a gender perspective have interacted with the field of international development and education. 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 start by understanding the political and legal advances in women's rights against the daily reality of women's lives in developing countries through the multiple lenses of democracy theory, neo-liberal policies and multiculturalism. This segment of the course will be followed by an examination of CEDAW (The Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), the most important legal achievement regarding women. The final segment will include several current gender-related issues in international educational development, such as the gender gap in educational enrollment and the U. N. Millennium Development Goals. Throughout the semester, we will be reading articles, book chapters, and books on these topics as well as sources related to a specific research topic of your choice.

Advanced Seminar in International Education I

Course Number: ITSF 6580


Course Overview: This doctoral seminar will enable students to identify the strengths and limitations of international comparative research, and to learn about scholarship dealing with methodological and conceptual issues. We will read and discuss studies about educational development at the local, national, and international levels. We will review the history of the field and then focus on trends in comparative and international education and international educational development. Through the seminar readings we will examine contrasting conceptual frameworks, including Colonialism, Feminism and Gender, Neo-Institutionalism, Language Policy, and Comparative Methods. The final segment will include review sessions on Development, Functionalism and its critics, Poststructuralism, and Globalization.


Doctoral Seminar
Course Number: ITSF 6590

Course Overview: Designed for doctoral students who are advisees of Professor Regina Cortina, this advanced seminar will provide research opportunities for students who are planning their dissertation work, helping them to frame research questions and to develop an appropriate methodology for their inquiries. The main reading for the class will be each other’s work in order to discuss and carefully review ideas and works-in-progress for the dissertation proposal and beyond. Along with making progress toward their dissertation proposals, students will prepare academic presentations and begin to develop manuscripts for publication on topics related to their research. Guidance and active support will be given to students enrolled in this doctoral seminar, and students are expected to help each other in their academic endeavors by providing collegial advice.

current projects

TC Independent Work in Latin America

Research

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.

Centers and Projects

Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group
Website: http://www.tc.edu/latino-ed/