About Me

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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 affiliated with the Middle East Institute at Columbia, and the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation based in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE.

Previously, I was as a Senior Research Associate at FHI360’s Education Policy and Data Center in Washington DC.

In 2014, I completed a PhD in International and Comparative Education and Sociology and Education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.  I am interested broadly in globalization, 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.

My dissertation examines the privatization of higher education worldwide and specifically, the process of higher education policy reform in Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. I was a 2013-2014 Spencer Dissertation Fellow. I have also received dissertation research grants from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), the American Institute for Maghrebi Studies (AIMS) and an NSEP Boren Fellowship to carry out fieldwork in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Additionally, in 2011-2012, I was the recipient of an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, which I am using to compile a database of university enrollments in public and private universities worldwide from 1955-2010.

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. I was a Fulbright grantee to Morocco in 2006, and was a recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship to Oman in 2008. I have presented research in conferences in Morocco, Egypt and Turkey, Canada, and throughout the US, including at the American Sociological Association (ASA), Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

In addition to my academic research, I have also worked in research consultancies and internships with numerous non-profits and international development organizations. 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.I am fluent in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Dirija, and have advanced working knowledge of the Levantine dialect of Arabic and French as well. I hold a MA in Sociology from Stanford, and a B.A. in Educational Studies and Sociology from Swarthmore College, where I graduated with Highest Honors in 2006.