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Stephanie Bengtsson

Stephanie bengtsson

TC Advisor: Monisha Bajaj

TC Degree, Program & Specialization: Ed.D., IED/African Education

Geographical Focus:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Previous graduate education:
MPhil (Cantab), International Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education, University of Cambridge

Research and scholarly interests:
Inclusive education in Sub-Saharan Africa; humanitarian aid and development assistance; emergency education; education and fragile states; positive and negative outcomes of education; relationship between global and local forces in educational settings; understanding educational discourse.

Recent Publications:

Bengtsson, S. (forthcoming). Fragile States, Fragile Concepts: A Critical Reflection on the Terminology of Fragility in the Field of Education in Emergencies. In J. Paulson (ed.), Education, conflict & development. Oxford Studies in comparative and international development. Oxford: Symposium Press.

Bengtsson, S. & Bartlett, L. (forthcoming). From Child-Friendly Schools to Child-Friendly Research Methods: Lessons learned from UNICEF’s “Learning Plus Initiative”. In K. Mundy & S. Dryden-Peterson (eds.), Education in conflict: A tribute to Jackie Kirk. New York: Teachers College Press.

Recent Presentations:

Bengtsson, S. (2010, March). Fragile States and Fragility in Global Education Aid Policy: Understanding the Discourse Construction Process. Presentation given at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 54th  Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Bengtsson, S. (2009, April). Towards a Strategic Research Agenda for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises, Early Recovery and Fragile Contexts. Presentation (Session Chair) given at the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Global Consultation 2009, Istanbul, Turkey.

Bengtsson, S. (2009, April). Exploring the Research Process behind UNICEF’s Learning Plus Initiative. Presentation (Session Chair) given at the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Global Consultation 2009, Istanbul, Turkey.

Bengtsson, S. (2009, March). Fragile States and Fragility in Global Education Aid Policy: The Need for a Critical Analysis of the Discourse. Presentation given at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 53rd  Annual Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.


Awards/Grants:
Teachers College: Betty Fairfax Professional Development Grant (March 2009);  University of Cambridge: Cambridge European Trust Bursary (2005–2006); shortlisted for Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2005)


Something special about TC: Definitely the people. The faculty work hard to simultaneously support and challenge us. As for the students -- it's a privilege to be surrounded by such bright and brilliant colleagues who share a passion for education.