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George Clement Bond Center for African Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

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S. Garnett  Russell

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. 

In Memoriam

Dr. George   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

Chiara  Fuller

Chiara Fuller

Program Coordinator


Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 1:15pm

Chiara Davis Fuller graduated with a Master’s from the International Educational Development program at Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2017. She studied International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. She is continuing her passion to promote diversity, culturally relevant pedagogy, social justice and equity through the curriculum studies program in the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Chiara Davis Fuller possesses 13 years of experience in international education with a focus in English as a Second Language education. She taught, coached and organized health and educational projects for youth and their families by serving as an Education and Community Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Barranco Village, a Garifuna community in Belize. She was the Coordinator of the Language Department at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador Sede Esmeraldas in Ecuador and Supervisor to international assistant language teachers in Yamagata, Japan. She has taught English language courses, organized educational seminars and developed curricula for students and teachers in Japan, Ecuador and Nepal.  She continues her passion for advocating diversity, engagement, and inclusiveness in international education as the Program Coordinator of the George C. Bond Center for African Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  

Tobore  Egborge

Tobore Egborge


EdD Candidate, International and Comparative Education
Dept. of International and Transcultural Studies 


Office hours: Tuesdays 10am to 2pm; Thursdays 2pm to 5pm (By appointment)

Tobore Egborge is a Doctoral Candidate at Columbia University Teachers College in the International and Comparative Education Program, specializing in African Education. She is an international development professional with over twelve years’ cumulative experience in program management, new business development and communications. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and proposal development and she has worked in the fields of emergency response, public health communication, and cross-cultural communication in Sub Saharan Africa. Her research interests include civic education in Nigeria.