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Notes on Contributors

Richard Bamattre

is a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include political sociology of education, alternative schools and homeschooling, and program evaluation. His dissertation is a mixed methods study on the national policy and current educational outcomes of community schools in Zambia.

Rebecca Clothey

is Associate Professor of Education at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA, USA) with a joint appointment as Director of Global Studies in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research explores education policy, ethnicity, and community driven education initiatives in China, the US, and Turkey. She has published on these topics in such journals as Comparative Education Review, Compare, Higher Education Policy, and Asian Ethnicity. She has received funding for her research from Fulbright, the Spencer Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and the American Research Institute in Turkey, among others.

Weiling Deng

is a PhD candidate in the Education Department of UCLA, with a specialization in comparative and international education. She is currently working on her dissertation that critically addresses the innovation and limitation of the contemporary grassroots Chinese feminist movement against the backdrop of globalization and neoliberalism. Besides feminist theories and gender studies in relation to the philosophy and politics of education, her academic interests also expand to cultural anthropology, critical media literacy, social movements, urban humanities, youth cultures, and modern Chinese history.

D. Brent Edwards Jr.

is Assistant Professor of theory and methodology in the study of education at the College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Department of Educational Foundations. His research interests include political economy of education reform; decentralization; community-based management and global education policies.

Kai Heidemann

is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Maastricht University. His research explores the nexus of social movements and education policy with emphasis on community-driven education reform initiatives in Europe and Latin America. His work has been published in academic journals such as Mobilization, Sociological Focus and The European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.

Deanna Hill,

J.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Education at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA, USA). Her research focuses on education law and policy, the politics of education, and race and gender in education. Before earning a PhD in education, Dr. Hill practiced law in the state of Texas.

Serena Koissaba

is a doctoral student in education policy, organization and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests examine the influence of racial thought on public education policy, particularly in small rural and urban schools. She has worked in international education for 17 years with a particular interest in providing educational access to children from vulnerable populations.

Rebecca Tarlau

is Assistant Professor of education and labor and employment relations at The Pennsylvania State University. Rebecca’s research agenda has three broad areas of focus: (1) theories of the state and state-society relations; (2) social movements, critical pedagogy, and learning; (3) Latin American education and development. Her scholarship engages in debates in the fields of political sociology, international and comparative education, social movements, critical pedagogy, global and transnational sociology, and social theory.

Andria D. Timmer

is Assistant Professor of anthropology at Christopher Newport University. In her research she explores the manner in which nongovernmental and humanitarian organizations seek to provide aid both in times of disaster and to perpetually underserved populations. Her book Educating the Hungarian Roma describes efforts of NGOs to desegregate the education system. Currently, she is conducting ethnographic research on the efforts of NGOs in Hungary to fight for the rights and visibility of refugees in the country.

Mark R. Warren

is Professor of public policy and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Mark studies and works with community and youth organizing groups seeking to promote equity and justice in education, community development and American democratic life. Mark is the author of several books, including Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out! Voices from the Frontlines of the Educational Justice Movement and A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform. Mark is co-chair of the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN), a national network of scholars and community activists in the U.S. designed to promote collaborations that produce research that advances racial equity and social justice. He is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and has won many other prestigious awards and fellowships.