For the first ten years of my professional life I worked on multicultural and anti-racist education policies at the Ministry of Education in the Canton of Zurich (Switzerland). By virtue of comparing policies in different countries of immigration (U.K., Canada, U.S.A.), I got and stayed involved in comparative education methods and theories. Since then my experience evolved in three directions:
Comparative policy studies in education:
Education sector strategies and reviews in a development context, school reform (curriculum; student, teacher and school assessment; governance and social accountability) and teacher education reform (including teacher salary reform)
Theories and debates in international and comparative education:
Transnational policy borrowing/lending, globalization, education and revolution/political change, disenfranchised minorities and schooling, social and institutional network analysis of international organizations, colonial and postcolonial studies in education
Multiple case study methodology, mixed methods designs, indicator research, applied program evaluation.
Even though I tend to see myself as a topic rather than as an [geographic] area expert, I happened—due to a series of lucky coincidences— to conduct research and initiate applied project mainly in Europe, in the former Soviet Union and in Mongolia. I anticipate getting involved in educational reform in the Middle East.
Iranian by birth, Swiss by upbringing, and U.S. citizen by naturalization, I speak and write English, German, French and Persian.