Buckner, Elizabeth S. (esb2174)

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Buckner, Elizabeth
Visiting Assistant Professor
International Comparative Education
International & Transcultural Studies

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Wednesdays 3 - 5 pm Thursdays 5 - 6 pm

Scholarly Interests

I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Comparative Education and Middle East Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. In this role, I am also affiliated with the Middle East Institute at Columbia, and the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation based in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE.

I am interested broadly in the effects of globalization on education and international development policy. I have researched various aspects of globalization’s effect on education, including: textbook portrayals of globalization, the growth of English language learning, and the privatization of higher education.

I also have a regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa, where I have studied the expansion of higher education in the region, and the link between education and employment. Additionally, I am currently part of a larger research project at Teachers College examining Syrian refugees' access to education in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey.

In addition to my academic research, I have also worked in research consultancies and internships with numerous non-profits and international development organizations. Before joining Teachers College, I was as a Senior Research Associate at FHI360’s Education Policy and Data Center in Washington DC, where I helped examine the link between educational inequality and the likelihood of violent conflict for UNICEF's Peacebuilding Education and Advocacy program, and a study on the link between teacher professionalism and teacher satisfaction for the OECD. From 2010-2012, I served as a Research Assistant for the Arab Reform Project at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI). I have also carried out short-term research consultancies for Tahseen Consulting, based in the UAE, the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in Morocco, Save the Children (SC) in Egypt, and the Syrian Trust for Development in Damascus.

Educational Background

PhD - Stanford University, International and Comparative Education

MA - Stanford University, Sociology

BA - Swarthmore College

Selected Publications

Buckner, Elizabeth. 2013. “Access to Higher Education in Egypt: Examining Trends by University Sector.” Comparative Education Review. 57(3): 527-552.

Buckner, E. and Lina Khatib. “The Martyrs’ Revolution: The Role of Martyrs in the Arab Spring” The British Journal of Middle East Studies.

Buckner, Elizabeth and Garnett Russell. 2013. “Portraying the Global: Cross-National Depictions of Globalization and Global Citizenship, 1970-2007.” International Studies Quarterly. 57(4): 738-750.

Buckner, Elizabeth and Paul Kim. 2014. "Integrating technology and pedagogy for inquiry-based learning: The Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE)." Prospects 44(1):99-118.

Buckner, E. 2013. “The Seeds of Discontent: Youth Perceptions of Higher Education Reform in Syria.” Comparative Education.

Buckner, E. and Paul Kim. 2012. “Mobile innovations, executive functions, and educational developments in conflict zones: A Case Study from Palestine.” Educational Technology Research and Development (60), 175-192.

Kim, P., Elizabeth Buckner, Hyunkyung Kim, Tamas Makanya, Neha Talejab and Vallabhi Parikh. 2012. “A comparative analysis of a game-based mobile learning model in low-socioeconomic communities of India.” International Journal of Educational Development. 32(2), 329-340.

Buckner, E. 2011. “The Role of Higher Education in the Arab State and Society: Historical Legacies and Recent Reform Patterns.” Comparative & International Higher Education. 3(1), February 2011.

Buckner, E. and Saba, K. 2010.“Syria’s Next Generation: Youth Un/Employment, Education, and Exclusion.” Education, Society and Business: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East. 3(2), 86-94.

Buckner, E. 2006. “Language Drama in Morocco: Another Perspective on the Problems and Prospects of Tamazight Language Teaching in Morocco.” The Journal for North African Studies, 11(4), 421-433.

Buckner, E. 2011. “Culture, Class and Status Competition: The Growth of English Language Learning in Morocco,” in Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World, (Eds.) Al-Issa and Dahan. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.

Buckner, E. and Kim, P. 2011. “Mobile Innovations to Promote Peace in the Middle East.” ACET 2011 Educational Media and Technology Yearbook Volume 36. Boulder, CO: Springer.

Buckner, E. 2012. “Educational Reform in MENA,” in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, An Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications.

Buckner, E. 2012. “The School Day in MENA,” in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, An Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications.

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. 2013-2014.

Boren Fellowship. 2012. ($24,000 for dissertation fieldwork in Jordan and Tunisia).

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Multi-Country Research Fellowship. 2012. ($12,000 for dissertation fieldwork in Jordan and Tunisia).

American Institute of Maghrebi Studies (AIMS). Long-Term Research Fellowship. 2012. (Accepted research stipend only).

National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. 2011. ($8,864 for data collection)

The Abbasi Center for Islamic Studies Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University. 2010. ($3,000 research grant)

Fulbright Student Grantee, Morocco, 2006-2007.

Fall 2015

ITSF 5590 - Education and the Development of Nations - Focus on the Middle East

Spring 2016

ITSF 4094 - Education Planning

ITSF 4199 - International and Comparative Higher Education - Focus on the Middle East

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