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George Clement Bond Center for African Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
S. Garnett Russell
Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education
S. Garnett Russell is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on areas linked to education and conflict, peace-building, transitional justice, human rights, and citizenship in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Rwanda and South Africa. She has also conducted research on human rights and diversity in New York high schools and on refugee education for urban refugees in Ecuador, Lebanon, Kenya and other countries in the global south. Recent publications appear in Comparative Education, Globalisation, Societies and Education, International Sociology, and International Studies Quarterly.
Dr. George Bond
William F. Russell Professor of Anthropology and Education
Dr. George Clement Bond was the founder and Director of the Center for African Education and William F. Russell Professor for Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity. His interests included education and elite formation in the United States and Africa; African studies; African religions and politics; agrarian transformations; and cultural dimensions of urban and minority populations. He conducted research on political and religious change among the Tumbuka-speaking peoples of Zambia and Malawi; social dimensions of AIDS in Southern Uganda; and privatization, democratization and the plight of the poor in northern Zambia. Dr. Bond also served as the Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University and President of the Association for Africanist Anthropology. His publications include Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus (2002) and Witchcraft Dialogues: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges (2001). Dr. Bond completed his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.
Charlotte Caron - Suzara
Charlotte holds a bachelor in Psychology from French universities, a bachelor of commerce from Canada and a masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics in the UK.
Professionally, she has spent a significant amount of time helping refugees and immigrants settle in Canada. She has experience with running departments in non-profit organizations. She also worked as a research assistant for a think-tank called Overseas Development Institute in London.
Zahra is a Doctoral student in the Health Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests are in adolescent health and wellbeing, specifically in developing interventions that leverage the malleability of the adolescent brain. With this future generation of leaders making up the majority of the world’s population and residing in developing countries, particularly in areas of emerging markets, adolescence is a period of great opportunity where tailored interventions can still lead to healthy physical, emotional and social development such that they may contribute towards the advancement of their communities. Zahra completed her teacher education program at The University of Queensland in Australia and a Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Having had the opportunity to teach in Canada, Australia and parts of East Africa, Zahra developed an interest in the individual learner and the factors that determine their progress on their educational journey. She is thus dedicated to empowering young people, specifically in developing countries, to overcome health barriers in pursuit of their goals.