Steiner-Khamsi, Gita (gs174)

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor of Education

Office Location:

364 GDodge

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


Gorur, Radhika, Sellar, Sam and Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, eds. (2019). Comparative methodology in an era of big data and global networks. World Yearbook of Education 2019. London and New York: Routledge.

Waldow, Florian and Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, eds. (2019). Understanding PISA’s Attractiveness: Critical Analyses in Comparative Policy Studies. London: Bloomsbury.

Parreira do Amaral, Marcelo, Steiner-Khamsi, Gita and Thompson, Christiane, eds. (2018). Researching the global education industry. New York: Palgrave.

Steiner-Khamsi, Gita & Draxler, Alexandra, eds. (2018). The state, business, and education: Public-private partnerships revisited. Cheltenham, UK: E. Elgar.

Verger, Antoni, Lubienski, Christopher & Steiner-Khamsi, Gita, eds (2016). The Global Education Industry. World Yearbook of Education 2016. London and New York: Routledge.

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.   

Policy borrowing and lending in school reform

Sociological systems-theory

Public-private partnership in education

Global governance

Transnational accreditation in public schools

See my personal website for ongoing research projects

Please see Proquest Digital Dissertations for the list of sponsored dissertations (over 60 PhDs and EdDs)

Related Articles

TC: America's Policy Mecca

"The more the merrier," said President Susan Fuhrman welcoming TC's students to the College's 5th Annual Policy Studies Orientation Panel on September 12th. Fuhrman's reference was to TC's unrivaled breadth of policy-related courses and programs. However she was also keynoting an event specifically designed to help students navigate this rich assortment which in the past has sometimes puzzled newcomers.

School 2001: TC Professor Works on Mega School Reform Project in Mongolia

Led by Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi, several Teachers College faculty members and doctoral students have been working in Mongolia to moderate five national one-week workshops, suggest ways to revise teaching strategies, design curriculum, initiate cooperative learning, and to look at compatible assessment and testing methods.

A Field Returns to Its Roots

The annual gathering of comparative international education will take over campus during spring break. The meeting is expected to draw upwards of 1,500 scholars and students from around the world, and it will feature some 300 panel sessions and 1,200 papers.

Zumwalt Leaves Dean's Post: Search for New Dean Begins

Karen Zumwalt, who has served as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the past five years, returned to full-time teaching and research on July 15, 2000.

Getting Better All the Time

Teachers College "has always been an incredibly policy-rich environment," says Sharon Lynn Kagan, who was named TC's first Associate Dean for Policy and head of the newly created Office of Policy and Research (OPR) in 2004. "Now we're making it an easier place to navigate, and that's one more reason why we're becoming the institute of choice both for users of policy research and for policy students."

Learning From The Rest Of The World

It's a truly global classroom out there. Time for the United States to pull up a chair. It's called "learner-centered pedagogy," and since the 1970s it has been popular with some funders of education reform. Empower a group of students to work together on a project or report, the thinking goes, and they'll raise questions and own the work in ways that plain old didactic instruction could never produce.

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor of Education

TC Partnership With Pakistan a "Different Approach to Aid Work," Says Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Rather than having the donor dictate how the aid package is implemented, the $75 million USAID Teacher Education Project gives ownership to Pakistanis, and US partners act as consultants, Steiner-Khamsi says of the project.

Helping Pakistan Professionalize Its Teachers

Teachers College is hosting a visit by 22 high-ranking Pakistani education officials and provincial leaders to New York City and Washington as part of a USAID-funded project to professionalize Pakistan's teachers and significantly upgrade the quality of education in the nation's primary and secondary schools.

A Hidden Teacher Shortage in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

In work for UNICEF, TC researchers probe below the surface of official data

Expanding TC's Global Reach

A renewed focus on international engagement fuels exciting work by TC faculty around the world.


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