CAE Staff

CAE Staff


S. Garnett Russell
Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education

S. Garnett Russell is an Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Director of the George Clement Bond Center for African Education. 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 resettled refugees in the U.S. and on education for urban refugees in Ecuador, Lebanon, Kenya and other countries in the global south. Recent publications appear in Comparative Education Review, the British Journal of Sociology of Education, and the Journal on Education in Emergencies. In addition, her book on education and peacebuilding in post-genocide Rwanda, Becoming Rwandan, is published with Rutgers University Press.

In Memoriam

Dr. George Clement Bond
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.

Graduate Assistants

Madison Collins
Graduate Assistant

Madison Collins is a second-year MA student in the International Educational Development program focusing on African Education. Maddie joined the CAE team in the fall of 2020 as an Events and Projects Intern where she supports the 'SHE-CAN' research project that CAE is involved in. She has contuned her work with CAE as a Gradute Assitant since Spring 2021. Her interests in education stem from her experience as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. She developed and facilitated a training program on positive discipline methods and student-centered teaching practices during her service. Madison holds a bachelors in Political Science from Binghamton University. Her research interests include West African Education, Teacher Training, and Human Rights Education. These interests combine in her Integrative Project finalizing her time at Teachers College this semester: a teacher education curriculum focused on human rights and creating a rights-based school culture to support student learning in Liberia, West Africa.  

Graduate Assistant

Theresa Cann is a doctoral student in the International and Comparative Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a trained Student Affairs Professional and International Educator.  Her expertise includes developing and directing global initiatives in humanitarian programs, academic exchange, institutional partnerships, research, and teacher training in Sub-Sahara Africa in response to systems of marginality in educational settings.  Her research focuses on areas related to education and women, decolonization, human rights, and social movements.  Theresa is a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of the Baden-Württemberg Seminar Award.  Currently, she coordinates academic research projects, and exchanges and partnerships with African universities for the CAE.



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Head Intern

Margaret Kepley is a second-year MA student in the International Educational Development program focusing on Peace and Human Rights Education. Margaret joins the CAE team as an Events Intern. She received a bachelors in Education and International Relations from Beloit College, where she developed an interest in East  African education after studying abroad at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 2017, Margaret returned to Uganda as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer, where she trained pre-service primary teachers in early literacy and inclusive education. Her research interests include teacher training, education in emergencies and human rights education.

Research Intern

David Ashong is a first year MA student in Music and Music Education at Teachers College. David holds B.A, Honors, in Political Science and Linguistics and Associate Degree in General Music, from the University of Ghana, Legon, and is Certified Trained Teacher in Ghana. An accomplished Musician, and a teacher for almost two decades, he is a Pianist, a Voice Coach, a Music tutor and he has trained many singers and instrumentalists.  He organizes piano lessons for children and adults at home and now online, since the pandemic.  His passion for music led him to work with schools and faith-based communities. His research interest focuses on how music shapes the identity formation of Ghanaian Youth, creating music curriculum that inspires young musicians who live under “music profession averse” communities in Ghana, and collaborating with actors in formal and non-formal education settings to have a positive impact on the identity formation of children as professional musicians.


Logistics Intern

Yayedior (Dior) Mbengue is a second year M.A student in the International Educational Development Program with a concentration in African Education. She received her bachelors in business management at Rollins College in Orlando Florida in 2019. Her interests include, higher education on the African continent for marginalized communities, economics, development, and privatization of education in Africa. She has experience working in Senegal and working with NGOs on the continent.


Resource Intern

Originally from southeastern Minnesota, Nick is a first year M.A student in the International Education Development program. Prior to Teachers College, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Uganda where he taught English and Early Childhood Education at a Primary Teachers College. After his time in the Peace Corps, Nick spent a year teaching ESL in South Korea. Here at TC, he is interested in refugee education and educational development in the Global South.

Communications Intern

Lindsey Cunningham is a first year MA student in the International Educational Development Program concentrating in Peace and Human Rights Education. Lindsey joins CAE in the Fall 2021 semester as the Communications Intern. She received her BA in Liberal Studies and Mathematics as well as her teaching credentials from University of the Pacific. Prior to Teachers College, Lindsey worked as a 7th grade math teacher. She is an avid traveler and one of her favorite trips was to Kenya where she did a homestay with a Maasai family and volunteered in the local school. During her time at Teachers College, Lindsey hopes to combine her passion for education with her love of travel. Her current research interests include education for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

Outreach Intern

Alexandria Rodriquez is a first year MA student in the International Education Development program with a concentration in Policy and Planning. Alex joins the CAE team as an Outreach Intern starting Fall 2021. Before arriving at TC, she received her BA in Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shortly after, she moved to China for nearly 3 years and worked as a 6th grade homeroom teacher at an international school which sparked her passion for international education, multiculturalism, and intersectional identities in the classroom. Here at TC, she developed an interest in African education. Her research interests include the Sahel region of Africa and access to education and basic resources for marginalized groups who are disproportionately affected by violence, particularly pastoralists.


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