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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher

Professional Background

Educational Background

Doctor of Education (EdD), International Educational Development / Curriculum & Teaching (May 2008),Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Professional Diploma (PD) School Psychology (May 2003),MSEd Psychology of Bilingual Students (May 2003),Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, New York

Scholarly Interests

My research interests include immigrants and education, trans/nationalism, citizenship, issues of educational equity and access, and religion in education. My specific geographic/area interests are Pakistan/South Asia, the Muslim World, and the greater New York City area

Selected Publications

Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (Forthcoming). Citizenship and belonging in an age of insecurity: Pakistani immigrant youth in New York City. In Fraces Vavrus & Lesley Bartlett (Eds.) New Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. New York: Palgrave.

Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (In press). Book Review: Linguistic Minorities and Modernity: A Sociolinguistic Ethnography by Monica Heller. Journal of Language Policy.

Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (2006). Editorial Introduction: (Re)Framing the Education of Immigrants. (2006, December). Current Issues in Comparative Education, 9(1). Available at: http://www.tc.edu/cice/Current/9.1/91_edintro.html

Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (2005). The Effects of Repatriation on Education in Afghan Refugee Camps in Pakistan. In Dana Burde (Ed.) Education in Emergencies and Post-Conflict Situations: Problems, Responses and Possibilities, Vol.2. Available at: http://www.ineesite.org/core_references/TCJournal_Vol205.pdf

custom course list

ITSF 4013 Literacy and Development

ITSF 4199 Issues in Educational Development in South Asia

ITSF 5007 Race, Class and Schooling - Ethnographic Methods

ITSF 5199 Race & Ethnic Inequalities in Education - Theoretical Perspectives & Contemporary Issues

ITSF 4013: Literacy and development

This course examines common assumptions about the relationship between literacy and cognitive and/or social, political and/or economic development.

ITSF 5007: Race, class and schooling: Ethnographic approaches

This course examines the role of schooling in the formation of race and class structures across the Americas, including Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

ITSF 5090: Education and Demographic Change

This course examines the relationship between education and demographic change in international educational development. It focuses on historical and cultural changes in the areas of fertility, migration, mortality, and sustainable development.

Centers and Projects

Center for African Education
Website: http://www.tc.edu/centers/cae

The Center for African Education promotes research and teaching about education, broadly defined, in Africa and the African Diaspora. Its central aim is to create a community of students, faculty, and staff with common interests and commitments to the fields of Education and African Studies. Interdisciplinary study and discussion across Teachers College and Columbia University are promoted through research projects, conferences, lecture series, and courses. The Center integrates the study of African education in different programs at the College. It also promotes linkages with African universities by hosting visiting scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and activists who will present their research and experience from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. The Center provides a forum for students to discuss their research and interests with African scholars, Africanist faculty, and colleagues at conferences, public lectures, and seminars. It is also preparing to undertake joint activities with educational institutions and international organizations in New York City and with universities, research centers and non-government organizations in Africa, Latin America and other regions of the world. In accordance with Teachers College's main focus on education, psychology and health, the Center will pursue problems within these domains as well as contribute to the College's understanding and promotion of educational equity.