Fayaz Amiri is an Afghan Fulbright scholar, pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Denver. His master’s degree is in Comparative and International Education (CIE) from Lehigh University. Prior to moving to the United States for his graduate studies, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at Kabul University located in Kabul, Afghanistan. His goal pursuing these degrees in Education is to build a theoretical and academic background in international education development with a concentration on educational policies and political science. His research interest is to understand the role of international agencies in educational policy development in Afghanistan. Further, how to address the gap that exists between education policy to practice in Afghanistan particularly focused on girls’ education. Fayaz has an extensive working background with various national and international organizations such as Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan, New York University, Lehigh University, currently with the University of Denver and many more international organizations in various settings.
Jiangduo Chen, an M.A. student majoring in Comparative and International Education, comes from China. Her interest in history and multiple cultures have driven her to conduct more study and research on political science, especially on evaluating the efficiency of various kinds of educational policies implemented in different countries.
Sam Hopp is a Ph.D student in Lehigh University’s Comparative and International Education program and earlier earned his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the same institution. His interest is in educational equity through the lens of social justice and he plans to undertake the exploration of achievement across economically stratified classes.
Lauren Phillips is an M.Ed student in the Globalization and Educational Change Program at Lehigh University. Her academic interests include international student exchanges and re-entry shock research and treatments.
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