College of Education *
College of Education *
Nelly Stromquist (CHSE)
Nelly Stromquist
Contact Information:
Room: 2211 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-7925

Nelly Stromquist (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Professor, International Education Policy; HESI
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)


Research Interests | Bio | Honors & Awards | Grants & Projects | Publications |

Research Interests

The dynamics of educational policies and practices, gender relations, and equity, particularly in Latin America; social change and gender; critical sociology.


Professional Biography

Dr. Stromquist holds a Ph.D. degree in international development education from Stanford University and a master's in political science from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She specializes in issues related to social change and gender, which she examines from the perspective of critical sociology. Her research interests focus on the dynamics of educational policies and practices, gender relations, and equity, particularly in Latin America. She is author of numerous articles and several books. Among the books as sole author, most recent are Feminist Organizations and Social Transformation in Latin America (2006); Education in a Globalized World: The Connectivity of Economic Power, Technology, and Knowledge (2002); and Literacy for Citizenship in Brazil: Gender and Grassroots Dynamics in Brazil (1997). She is also co-editor of The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives (2012) and editor of La construccion del genero en las politicas publicas: Perspectivas comparadas desde America Latina (2006) and Globalization and Culture: Integration and Contestation across Cultures (2000). She was a Fulbright New Century Scholar during 2005-06 and the recipient of the Swedish Kerstin Hesselgren award for 2012. She is former president of the Comparative and International Education Society.

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Honors & Awards

Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship 2012, Swedish Research Council.

USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Distinguished Fellow, 2008-Present.

Member, Ad-Hoc Committee for the Advancement of Comparative and International Education, CIES, 2008-2009.

Member, Board of Advisors, Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices, Organization of American States, 2005-Present.

Fulbright New Century Scholar and Team Leader (The Academic Profession in the Age of Globalization), 2005-06.

Identified among top ten influential authors in comparative and international education (Comparative Education Review, vol. 48, no. 2, 2004).

Author with the most frequently assigned publications in the introductory comparative course (sample of 30 universities) (Research in Comparative and International Education, vol. 4, no. 4, 2009).

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Grants & Projects

MacArthur Research Grant, 2011-14.
FAWE Research Grant, 2011.
21st Century Research Fund, Fulbright Program, 2005-06.
Bellagio Study and Research Center, 2005.

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Selected Publications


Feminist Organizations and Social Transformation in Latin America. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2007.

Genero, educacion y politica en America Latina. Mexico, D.F.: Santillana, 2004.

Education in a Globalized World: The Connectivity of Economic Power, Technology, and Knowledge. Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.


Steven J. Klees, Joel Samoff, and Nelly P. Stromquist (eds). The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012.
(ed). La Profesion Academica en la Globalizacion. Seis paises, seis experiencias. Mexico, D.F.: ANNUIS, 2009.
(ed.). The Professoriate in the Age of Globalization. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2007.
(ed.). La construccion del genero en las politicas publicas. Perspectivas comparadas desde America Latina. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2006.

Cynthia B. Lloyd, Jere R. Behrman, Nelly P. Stromquist, and Barney Cohen (eds.). The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries. Selected Studies. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2005.

Regina Cortina and Nelly P. Stromquist (eds). Distant Alliances: Promoting Education for Girls and Women in Latin America. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2000. Also published in Spanish as Promoviendo la Educacion de Ninas y Mujeres en America Latina, Editorial Pax (Mexico), 2001.


Globalization and "Policyscapes": Ruptures and Continuities in Higher Education. In Paul Axelrod (ed.). Policy Formation in Postsecondary Education: Issues and Prospects in Turbulent Times. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Publishers, 2012.

International Gender Equity Education. In James Banks (ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2012.

Excellence in Higher Education. In Bob Adamson, J. Nixon, J. and F. Su, F. (eds.), The Reorientation of Higher Education: Challenging the East-West Dichotomy. New York: Springer and Comparative Education Research Centre of The University of Hong Kong, 2012.

Theory and Ideology in the Gender Proposals of the World Bank's Education Strategy 2020. In Christopher Collins and Alexander Wiseman (eds.), Education Strategy in the Developing World: Understanding the World Bank's Education Policy Revision. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing, 2012.

The Gender Dimension in the World Bank's Education Strategy: Policies in Search of a Theory. In S. Klees, J. Samoff, and N.P. Stromquist (eds.), The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012.

A Social Cartography of Gender in Education: Visualizing Private and Public Spheres and Interconnecting Forces. In John Weidman and James Jacob (eds.), Beyond the Comparative. Advancing Theory and its Application to Practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2011.

The Provost's Office as Key Decision-Maker in the Contemporary U.S. University: Toward a Theory of Institutional Change. In H. Schuetze, W. Bruneau, and G. Grossjean (eds.), University Governance and Reform: Policy, Fads, and Experience in an International Perspective. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

And Anna Smolentseva. The University in Turbulent Times: A Comparative Study of the United States and Russia. In Beverly Lindsay and Wanda Blanchett (eds.), Universities and Global Diversity. Preparing Educators for Tomorrow. New York: Routledge, 2011.

El neoliberalismo en las politicas y practicas de la educacion en America Latina. In R. Vasquez (ed.), La globalizacion al debate, reflexiones feministas. Lima: Comite de America Latina para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer, 2010.

Knowledge Capital and Excellence: Implications of a Science-Centered University for Gender Equity. In Elizabeth Allan, Susan Iverson, and Becky Roppers-Hullme (eds.), Reconstructing Policy in Higher Education: Feminist Poststructural Perspectives and Policy Analysis. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Feminism, Liberation, and Education. In Robert Cowen and Andreas Kazamias (ed.), International Handbook of Comparative Education. Dordrecht: Springer, 2009.

Politicas educativas y genero: un analisis comparativo de las intenciones y conductas del Estado. In A. Mingo (ed.). Desasosiegos. Relaciones de genero en la educacion. Mexico: UNAM, 2009.

Higher Education in Africa and Latin America: Comparative Insights from Globalization and Gender Perspective. In N'Dri T. Assie-Lumumba (ed.), Women and Higher Education in Africa. Reconceptualizing Gender-Based Human Capabilities and Upgrading Human Rights to Knowledge. Abidjan: PanAfrican Studies and Research Center in International Relations and Education, 2007.


And Jing Lin, Steve Klees, Carol Corneilse, Truphena Choti, and Caitlin Haugen. Women Teachers in Liberia: social and institutional factors accounting for their underrepresentation. International Journal of Development Education, 2012.

And Natasa Hennessy. Review Essay. Reclaiming knowledge production in social movements. British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 33, no. 4, 2012.

A Educacao Latino-Americana em Tempos Globalizados. Sociologias (Universidade de Sao Paulo), vol. 14, no. 29, 2012.

The educational experience of Hispanic immigrants in the United States: integration through marginalization. Races Ethnicity and Education, vol. 14, no. 4, 2011.

College Media: Shaping Global Citizenship through Student Newspapers. Journal of Media Sociology, vol. 2, nos. 3-4, 2009.

The "Knowledge Society" and the Professoriate. Reverberations of ICTs in Teaching and Learning. Journal of the Professoriate, vol. 4, no. 2, 2009.

Literacy and Empowerment - Evidence of the Link and its Implications for Action. Occasional Papers in Education and Lifelong Learning. An International Journal, vol. 4, nos. 1-2, 2009.

Theorizing Global Citizenship: Discourses, Challenges, and Implications for Education. Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy, vol. 2, no. 1, 2009. Also published in, "Agora" section, April 2010.

Guest co-editor. Special Issue on "Undoing Gender," International Review of Education, vol. 50, nos. 5-6, 2009.

And Gustavo Fischman. From Denouncing Gender Inequities to Undoing Gender in Education: Practices and Programmes Toward Change in the Social Relations of Gender. Special Issue on "Undoing Gender," International Review of Education, vol. 50, nos. 5-6, 2009.

Sondra Cuban and Nelly Stromquist. "It's Difficult to be a Woman with a Dream of Education." Challenging US Adult Basic Education Policies to support Women Immigrants' Self-Determination. The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, 2009.

Las tecnologias de informacion y comunicacion y las mujeres: Pueden las nuevas tecnologias desbaratar el genero? Revista Electronica de Educacion y Formacion Continua de Adultos (Spain), forthcoming.

The impact of information and communication technologies on university students: A tentative assessment. Cultura y Educacion, vol. 21, no. 2, 2009.

The Political Impact of Adult Literacy: Presumed and Real Effects. International Multilingual Research Journal, vol. 2, nos. 1 & 2, 2008.

La Internalizacion: Entre la Promesa de la Calidad y el Riesgo de la Homogenizacion. Revista de la Educacion Superior, vol. 37, no. 145, 2008.

Revisiting Transformational NGOs in the Context of Contemporary Societies. Current Issues in Comparative Education, vol. 10, nos. 1 & 2, 2008.

Qualidade de ensino e genero nas politicas educacionais contemporaneas na America Latina. Educacao e Pesquisa, vol. 33, no. 1, 2007.

Gender and the Case of Girls' Education: Organisational Learning in International Development Agencies. World Studies in Education, vol. 8, no. 1, 2007.

Stromquist et al. The Contemporary Professoriate: Towards a Diversified or Segmented Profession? Higher Education Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 2, 2007.

Internationalization as a Response to Globalization: Radical Shifts in University Environments. Journal of Higher Education, vol. 53, no. l, 2007.


And Jing Lin, Carol Corneilse, Steven J. Klees, Truphena Choti, and Caitlin Haugen. Women Teachers in Liberia: Between Desire and Reality. Research report presented to FAWE (Nairobi, Kenya), August 2011.

One Size Fits All? In Pursuit of...the Perfect Scholar. The Faculty Voice, vol. 25, no. 1-2, Fall 2011.

Women and Education in the Early Twenty-First Century: A Global Perspective. On Campus with Women, vol. 40, no. 2, November 2011.

Neoliberalism and Education in Latin America. Latin American Studies Center, Spring 2011.

Education and Gender - between promise and progress. Global Education Digest 2010 report. UNESCO Institute for Statistics, September 2010.

Understanding Education through a Gender Lens. Commissioned paper by UNESCO Institute for Statistics, May 2010.

Literacy and Empowerment - A Contribution to the Debate. Commissioned concept paper by UNESCO, 31 September 2009.

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