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Mentoring students is for me one of the highlights of my profession. Besides advising students on course work, I support my students in making academic presentations, publishing articles, writing grant proposals, finding internships, consultancies or jobs. I would like them to see themselves as part of a larger academic community that entails collaboration with professors and students at other universities, active participation in professional associations (CIES and disciplinary or area study associations related to the research of the student) and support of ongoing professional activities at Teachers College, Columbia University (in particular CICE).

The students in the international education programs are not only academically of high caliber, but they are also professionally experienced. The students I work with have extensive experience working in international organizations, schools or universities outside of the United States. Given the resourcefulness of our students, I strongly encourage peer networking and support.

I advise students across geographical regions (except for North America), but am most valuable as a mentor for students who focus on Europe, post-socialist countries, and the Middle East. At the doctoral level, I only advise students interested in formal education, in particular on topics related to schools and teachers. Students who choose to be my advisees are typically situated in the following concentrations:


Comparative and International Education Program:

International Educational Development Program:


Completed Dissertations: 1997-2012

Advisor: Gita Steiner-Khamsi

  • The logic of the Thai higher education sector on quality assessment policy.
  • Rattana Sae-Lao [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2012.
  • Sense of belonging and student success: An analysis of student experiences in South African universities
  • Williams, Theresa [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2012.
  • Student-centered instruction and math and science achievement in the post-Soviet state: A mixed methods analysis
  • Omoeva, Carina [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2012.
  • Rules of Disorder: A Comparative Study of Student Discipline
  • Natsiopoulou, Eleni [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2011.
  • Is good governance rational? The case of post-bureaucratic education system reform in the Republic of Guinea
  • Swift-Morgan, Jennifer Erin [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2011.
  • The social logic of school design: Japan's learning environments in comparative perspective
  • Chemsak, Stephen Joseph [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • Adapting adaptive learning in Ethiopia
  • Casale, Carolyn Frances [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • Policy transfer in the post-socialist region: The Open Society Institute and the Step by Step Initiative
  • Krywko, Krystyann Karmen [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • The strategies and scaling-up of education NGOs: Balancing service delivery and advocacy
  • Lafuente, Constanza E. [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • Conditional cash transfers and education: United in theory, divorced in policy
  • Morais de Sa e Silva, Michelle Graciela [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • Beauty unit(es) and contests: Ethnic Chinese beauty pageants and a global Chinese "nation"
  • Chiu, Mignonette [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • Educational strategy selection of religious minorities in modern Iran: The case of the Jewish, Christian, and Baha'I communities
  • Mossayeb, Sina [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • The transformation of citizenship education at universities in the People's Republic of China from 1998-2006
  • Yu, Lei [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2010.
  • Place-making in the margins: A case study of Afghan refugees in Iran (1980-2001)
  • Garakani, Tatiana [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2009.
  • Privileged and penalized: The education of boys in the United Arab Emirates
  • Ridge, Natasha Yvette. 249 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2009.
  • International exchanges in Uzbekistan since 2005
  • Babaev, Arsen O. [Ed. D. dissertation]. 2008
  • BRAC goes global: Scaling-up from Bangladesh to Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda
  • Cronin, Peter Mitchell. 215 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2008.
  • Education for democratic attitudes: The effectiveness of the We the People program in promoting political tolerance
  • Usui, Etsuko. 212 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2008.
  • Out of control? Patterns of teacher corruption in Kyrgyzstan and their implications for the study of street-level corruption control in weak states
  • Johnson, Eric M. 277 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2008.
  • Re/thinking harmonization in the commonwealth Caribbean: Audiences, actors, interests, and educational policy formation
  • Jules, Tavis Deryck. 397 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2008.
  • Technology integration in teacher education programs in the Philippines: An international development perspective
  • del Rosario, Mercedes Tan. 269 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2007.
  • Political socialization and student government activities in a Japanese middle school: Governmentally and governing mythologies
  • Dawson, Walter Putnam. 286 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2005.
  • Teacher job satisfaction and dissatisfaction: An empirical study of urban teachers in Ethiopia
  • Aklog, Fenot Berhan. 147 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2005.
  • The new biology: Lysenkoism in Poland
  • deJong-Lambert, William. 246 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2005.
  • Integration in Israel, 1970--1980: A discourse good for all?
  • Yariv-Mashal, Tali. 203 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2004.
  • State-sponsored programs in non-formal education in Bangladesh from 1971 to 2000: Extended time frames for failed objectives
  • Latif, Scherezad Joya Monami. 293 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2004.
  • A feminist perspective on security in Jordan: A study of the interrelationship between human security and peace education
  • Nemeh, Norma Theresa. 244 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2003.
  • Charter schools and the common good: A qualitative study of accountability, association, and cooperation
  • Visconti, Louisa Marie. 276 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2003.
  • Estimating the economic benefits of adult literacy programs: The case of Ghana
  • Valerio, Alexandria. 214 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2003.
  • Learning to be "international": A case study of the construction of "international Japanese" at a bilingual high school in the United States
  • Mochizuki, Yoko. 239 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2003.
  • Mexico and globalization: A survey of students' attitudes toward English
  • Acosta, Arturo Antonio. 214 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2003.
  • From symbols of occupation to symbols of multiculturalism: Re-conceptualizing minority education in post-Soviet Latvia
  • Silova, Iveta. 281 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2002.
  • Roots and routes: Re-imagining the identity constructions of Bosnian adolescent female refugees in the United States
  • Mosselson, Jacqueline Rachel. 306 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2002.
  • The effect of unilateral conciliatory initiatives on negotiation ripeness in seemingly intractable conflicts
  • Barkat, Johnston Samuel. 197 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2002.
  • An exploration of inculturation: The International Jesuit Education Leadership Project for Central and East European educators
  • Hinkley, Maureen Ann. 159 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Creating community? PTAs in (post) conflict zones
  • Burde, Dana Susan. 225 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Getting their word out: Youth peace-builders of New York City
  • Ardizzone, Leonisa. 208 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Ghanian preschool practices: Importing a play approach to learning
  • Holmes, Gloria. 185 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Globalization and educational policy borrowing: Mapping outcomes-based education in South Africa
  • Spreen, Carol Anne M.. 330 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Post-1965 second-generation Korean Americans: A contemporary study of ethnic capital
  • Lew, Jamie. 179 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Schools and history "in transition": The case of Kazakhstan.
  • Kissane, Carolyn Marie. 248 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Spheres of influence and academic networks: A history of official Australian aid to the University of the South Pacific (USP), 1960--1990
  • Cassity, Elizabeth Anne. 277 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Standards-based educational reform: Encounters in rural Alaska
  • Jester, Timothy Earl. 177 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2001.
  • Gender and democracy: Exploring the growth of political capital in women's NGOs in Israel
  • Magno, Cathryn Susan. 272 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2000.
  • Literacy instruction in teacher education: A comparison of teacher education in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America
  • Hill, Holly Baker. 237 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2000.
  • Negotiating transformation: East Berlin teachers in the post-unification decade
  • Streitwieser, Bernhard Thomas. 208 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation]. 2000.
  • The development of serving leadership: The case of the Church Educational System in Chile and The Philippines
  • Castro, Fernando Rodrigo. 239 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 2000.
  • Comparative analysis of two healthcare organizations in post-Soviet Lithuania and Ukraine: Implications for continuous quality improvement
  • Cholewka, Patricia Anne. 168 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 1999.
  • Increasing gender awareness in Northern Kenya through a video curriculum
  • Kiambuthi, Wairimu. 200 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 1999.
  • The development and changes in the curriculum of English-major programs in China since 1949
  • Zhou, Lan. 230 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 1999.
  • The implementation of multicultural curricula in the New York City public elementary schools
  • Thompson, Melvin Russell. 123 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 1999.
  • The study of cross-cultural communication of sojourning travel, tourism, and hospitality management. Implications for cross-cultural training
  • Gladstone, Charles. 146 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 1998.
  • Invaluable education: Primary schooling for girls in Kerala, India
  • Sethi, Toni Jaiwant. 208 pages; [Ed.D. dissertation]. 1997.