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Constanza Lafuente

Advisors: Gita Steiner Khamsi (CIE), Jeff Henig (Political Science) and Barbara Levy Simon (Social Work)

TC Degree, Program, & Specialization: Ph.D., CIE/Political Science

Geographical Focus: Latin America

Previous graduate education: Master in Public Policy in Latin America (Concentration, Problems of Government) from the University of Oxford, St. Antony's College (UK, 2003) (Supervisor: Professor Alan Angel)

Master in Non-Governmental Organizations from the Universities of San Andres, Di Tella and CEDES, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2002). (Supervisor: Professor Gabriel Berger)

Research and scholarly interests: the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) and international organizations in educational development; the politics of educational reform in Latin America; equity and education; partnerships between corporations, schools and civil society organizations; growth of educational CSOs; tradeoffs between political advocacy and service delivery in educational CSOs. Dissertation title: "The Scaling Up of Educational Civil Society Organizations: The Balance between Service Delivery and Advocacy."


Lafuente, C. (2007) The Scaling Up of Educational Civil Society Organizations. Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University.

Lafuente, C. (2005) Social Entrepreneurs and Education, 8 (1). Editorial Introduction: Why an Issue on Social Entrepreneurs.

Lafuente, C. (2005), "Social Entrepreneurship and Education in Argentina: How are they Changing Education?." Valor Sostenible: Buenos Aires.

Lafuente, C. (2004), "Corporate Social Responsibility and Education in Latin America": Buenos Aires.

Bianco, Lazzaro, Lafuente, et. al (1999), "Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil: Desafios de Gestion y Desarrollo de Capital Social." Fundacion Sophia: Buenos Aires.

Lafuente, C. (2001) "Fundacion Junior Achievement": Bs.As. (Teaching case for UDESA, UTDT and CEDES Program for Civil Society).

Awards/Grants: ILAS Summer Field Research Travel Grant, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University (2006); Fulbright Scholarship (2003/2005); Teachers College Partners in International Education grant (2003/5); Shell Foundation Grant (United Kingdom, 2002/3); Inter American Development Bank Grant (Corporate Social Responsibility, Miami, 2002)

Something special about TC: TC gave me the chance to meet so many interesting colleagues and professors. Thanks to TC, I have worked in various projects in the US and abroad, such as participating in the CICE journal, or working with other students to improve a teacher training program in Tajikistan and a Roma educational project in Slovakia. I learn so much from TC's professors and students, most of whom come from all over the world! As well, students and professors have been always so cooperative since the first day. Finally, the program is very flexible and therefore you can focus on your topic of interest. TC is like a big family and I would say it is the perfect environment to study international comparative education.