Featured Scholars

  • STACEY LEE is an anthropologist of education at University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her books include Up Against Whiteness and Unraveling the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. Listen to the brief interview below to learn about Prof. Lee’s research.
  • MICHELLE BELLINO works at the intersection of anthropology of education and comparative education. Her research focuses on young people’s understanding of injustice, whether experienced directly or shaped through school curriculum, family narratives, or social movements. Her book, Youth in postwar Guatemala: Education and civic identity in transition, won the CIES Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award in 2018. Learn more about her work here: Bellino AAA 2018.
  • GABRIELLE OLIVEIRA is an anthropologist of education interested in transnational families. Her latest book, Motherhood Across Borders: Immigrants and their Children in Mexico and New York, draws on three years of ethnographic work with separated families to consider the sociocultural consequences of maternal migration. Learn more about here work here: Gabrielle Oliveira
  • MIRIAM THANGARAJ works in anthropology of education and comparative and international education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research considers how policy constructions of ‘child labor’–and the state-mandated ‘rehabilitation’ of child workers in schools–shape the daily lives of children and families in high-poverty areas in southern India. Watch a short film about her work here.
  • JENNIFER KEYS ADAIR is an anthropologist of education at University of Texas-Austin. She uses video-cued multivocal ethnographic methods in her research on early childhood education. Watch a short clip on her work here or here.
  • SALLY CAMPBELL GALMAN is an anthropologist of education and teacher educator at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a visual artist and has drawn a series of books on research methods featuring Shane, the Lone EthnographerFind her discussion of visual methods and childhood studies here.
  • LALITHA VASUDEVAN is an anthropologist of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She uses media to tell compelling stories from her research. This video is one example of that work:
  • KARISHMA DESAI is a professor in the International and Multicultural Education Department at Rutgers University. Her scholarship employs anthropological and transnational feminist lenses in the study of globalization, gender, and education. Concerned with the politics of knowledge in education and international development, her current project investigates the globalization of gender categories, discourses, and practices through girl empowerment initiatives in India and the United States. Learn more about her work here.
  • MARTA MOGARDE SALGADO is a professor in the College of Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is interested in socio-historical theory and in practices and socialization processes in different socio-educational contexts. Learn about the work of Marta and her group here.
  • LESLEY BARTLETT is an anthropologist of education at University of Wisconsin–Madison.Her most recent co-authored book discusses the use of ethnographic approaches in comparative case study research: Bartlett, Lesley and Vavrus, Fran. (2017). Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge.