About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University in Toronto. I study how global trends affect higher education policies, practices, and students, including what role the university plays in creating graduates’ identities as future citizens, workers, and leaders.

My current research agenda focuses on two global trends: privatization and internationalization. I also have a long-standing interest and deep commitment to education in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, developed through years of study and travel in the region, and strengthened by personal connections, many cups of tea and a love of the Arabic language.

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Current Projects

Partners for Development or Privatizing the Public Good?
The Role of Private Higher Education in the Global Knowledge Economy

2018-2022 SSHRC Insight Grant, Principal Investigator

Internationalization of Higher Education in Comparative Perspective

2018 -2019    SSHRC Institutional Grant

The Racialization of Asian International Students (RAIS)

2019-2023 SSHRC Insight Grant, Co-PI, (PI - Jean Michel Montsion, York University)


Email: elizabeth.buckner@utoronto.ca

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