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African Diaspora SIG

The African Diaspora SIG seeks to foster a community of scholars and practitioners to engage with the historical contexts and contemporary educational experiences of Black communities across the globe.  A broader analysis of the educational realities of African descendants within and outside the United States offers the opportunity to review similar and different challenges, lessons, and new possibilities.

Chair: Nafees M. Khan, Clemson University (

Vice Chair: Rhonesha Blaché, Teachers College, Columbia University (

Secretary: Larissa Malone, Greenville University

Treasurer: Jeana Morrison, Drexel University

PR/Outreach Coordinator: Darius Gordon, Stanford University


Citizenship and Democratic Education SIG

The Citizenship and Democratic Education SIG seeks to create an active community of educators and researchers, to share their views and encourage productive debate on various aspects of citizenship and democratic education, in the United States and around the world.

Co-Chair: Patricia K. Kubow, Indiana University (

Co-Chair: Krystal Strong, University of Pennsylvania (

Secretary: Nicole Webster, Penn State University

Web Coordinator: Daniel Miranda, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Contemplative Inquiry and Holistic Education SIG

Welcome to the Contemplative Inquiry and Holistic Education SIG!  Our SIG seeks to address holistic development and integration of learners' mind, body, and spirit through contemplative means.

Co-Chair/Newsletter: Hyeyoung Bang, Bowling Green State University (

Co-Chair: Amanda J. Fiore, University of Maryland (

Secretary: Sachi Edwards, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Social Media: Yifan Sun, University of Cambridge


Cultural Contexts of Education and Human Potential SIG

The Cultural Contexts of Education and Human Potential SIG aims to make the case for the necessity of including the voices of individuals often unheard and to promote better understanding and learning between and about different groups. Moreover, it is also intended to demonstrate how the underutilization of the voices of different cultures has led to the underutilization of their potential.

Co-Chair: Maung Nyeu, Harvard University (

Co-Chair: Cristina Jaimungal, OISE–University of Toronto (

Communications Manager: Alexandria Hill, Columbia University

Treasurer: Tang Tang Heng, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Early Childhood Development SIG

The Early Childhood Development SIG seeks to foster exchange & strengthen linkages between ECD research and practice; help keep members abreast of new developments in the field; build linkages among various ECD networks nationally and internationally; prepare ECD thematic sessions at the next CIES conference.

Co-Chair: Katherine A. Merseth, RTI International (

Co-Chair: Donald Baum, Brigham Young University (

Economics and Finance of Education SIG

The Economics and Finance of Education-SIG (EFE-SIG) focuses on investigating, conceptualizing, and theorizing the links between Economics and Finance of Education Policies. The EFE-SIG offers a new opportunity for scholars interested in the following topics:· 

  • Redistribution, political philosophy, economics, and financing schooling systems
  • International aid and mechanisms of redistribution
  • Education finance, economics, and poverty reduction
  • Financing education and theories of justice
  • Theories of learning, knowledge and knowledge economics
  • School finance, adequacy, and equity in resource allocation
  • Equality of Educational Opportunity and its effect on society.
  • Teachers’ effectiveness, incentives and rewards
  • Charter schools and school based management
  • Higher education finance and learning networks
  • Early childhood finance
  • Special education finance
  • State competitiveness, social cohesiveness and mechanisms of reallocation

 The EFE-SIG is important as it suggests a unique perspective. We aim to contribute to the perception of Economics and Finance of Education as a global issue and not just a national issue. In addition, we highlight the importance of the EFE-SIG, as currently Education Finance issues are rarely addressed from the perspective of Comparative Education. 

Co-Chair: Amrit Thapa, University of Pennsylvania (

Co-Chair: Jinusha Panigrahi, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (

Secretary: Ji Liu, Teachers College, Columbia University


Education, Conflict, and Emergencies SIG

The SIG on Education, Conflict, and Emergencies brings together CIES members around a broad range of research and programmatic activities including education during armed conflict and natural disasters; educational reconstruction post-conflict and post-disaster; and the relationships between educational provision and peace-building, transitional justice, and resilience across conflict-affected, post-conflict, and fragile states.

Co-Chair: Elisheva Cohen, University of Minnesota (

Co-Chair: Samah Al Sabbagh, Reach Out to Asia (

Secretary: Samah Al Sabbagh, Reach Out to Asia

Environmental and Sustainability Education SIG

 The Environmental and Sustainability Education SIG promotes scholarly research and professional activities of those concerned with the intersection of education (broadly defined) and sustainable development. Specifically, the SIG explores how the discourse and practice of sustainable development affect educational institutions and how educational institutions facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes needed for sustainable development.

Chair: Radhika Iyengar

Program Chair: Carine Verschueren

Secretary: Jenna Lachenaye, University of Alabama


Global Literacy SIG

The Global Literacy SIG is organized around key issues in reading and writing instruction and assessment and larger issues and implications of literacy use throughout the world.

Co-Chair: Cathryn Magno, University of Fribourg (

Co-Chair: Jamie Lew, Rutgers University (

Treasurer/Secretary: Sophia Rodriguez, University of North Carolina-Greensboro (

Treasurer/Secretary: Jamie Kowalczyk, Concordia University Chicago (

Global Mathematics Education SIG

The Global Mathematics Education SIG The purpose of the Global Mathematics Education SIG is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss theory, practices, and techniques related to mathematics learning starting in early childhood to tertiary education.

Co-Chair: Shirin Lutfeali, Save the Children (

Co-Chair: Lindsey Perry, Southern Methodist University (

Treasurer/Secretary: Meghna Nag Chowdhuri, University of Cambridge  

Graduate Student Representative: Brianna Kurtz, University of Central Florida


Global Migration SIG

The Global Migration-SIG (GM-SIG) brings together scholars and practitioners who study migration from a range of research approaches to advance theories, methods, policies, and practices. The SIG takes up questions related to traditional assimilationist/integrationist paradigms in the field of migration and provides a space for examination of dimensions of migration such as: context (postcoloniality/globality), historicity, temporality and space, policy, identity/belonging, movement and bordering, public discourses, representation, racialization, language minoritization, surveillance/criminalization, transnationalism and translanguaging, problematizing legal and political classifications, emigration/immigration/transition, complicating notions of the nation-state, urban space and settlement, gateway cities, environmental migration, transnational migration.


Globalization and Education SIG

 The Globalization and Education SIG seeks to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners involved in global study of comparative and international education have meaningful conversations and exchanges of ideas related to globalization and education.

Chair: Chrissie Monaghan, New York University (

Vice-Chair: Maren Elfert, University of Alberta (

Student Representative: Eric Layman, Indiana University (

Secretary: Clara Fontdevila, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (


Higher Education SIG

 The Higher Education SIG serves as a networking hub for promoting scholarship opportunities, critical dialogue, and linking professionals and academics to the international aspects of higher education.

Co-Chair: Gerardo Blanco, University of Connecticut (

Co-Chair: Pilar Mendoza, University of Missouri (

Program Co-Chair: Kayla Johnson, University of Cincinnati

Program Co-Chair: Stephanie Kim, Georgetown University

Secretary: Louise Michelle Vital, Lesley University

wards Chair: Matthew Witenstein, University of the Redlands



ICT4D (ICT for Development) is an outlet for members of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) to collaborate with, learn from, and create bonds that will heighten interest and research in this ever growing area.

Co-Chair: Haijun Kang, Kansas State University (

Co-Chair: Fatima T. Zahra, University of Pennsylvania (


Inclusive Education SIG

The Inclusive Education SIG seeks to elicit the participation of scholars interested in educational issues specific to the multiple meanings of IE and, accordingly, to learners who are marginalized due to special educational needs. These might include: disabilities, second language acquisition, poverty, racial and ethnic discrimination, social exclusion, etc.

Chair: Kate Lapham, Open Society Foundations (

Vice-Chair/Program Chair: Matthew Schuelka, University of Birmingham (

Communication Officer/Secretary-Treasurer: Diana Kartika, University of Tokyo

Student Liaison/Outreach Officer: Sarah Benson, University of Virginia


Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG

The Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG consists of CIES members, members of indigenous communities, and practitioners who want to dialogue about ways to develop alternative knowledge and how this can be used to interact with, and transform the academy.

Co-Chair: Rebecca Bayeck, Penn State University (

Co-Chair Elect: Maung Nyeu, Harvard University (

Communications Chair: Jennifer Fricas, Seattle University and University of Minnesota (

Secretary: Romina Quezada, Columbia University (


Language Issues SIG

 The Language Issues SIG is a network of researchers and practitioners working to understand the role of language(s) in education, as well as the role of the languages of instruction in differing, and often contentious, political and cultural contexts.

Co-Chair: Kara Brown, University of South Carolina (

Co-Chair: Laura Valdiviezo, University of Massachusetts Amherst (

Program Co-Chair: Sandro Barros (
Program Co-Chair: Bridget Goodman (
Communications Co-Chair: Meagan Hoff (
Connunications Co-Chair: Yecid Ortega (
Awards Co-Chair (Dissertation Award): Zehlia Babaci Wilhite (


Large-Scale Cross-National Studies in Education SIG

The Large-Scale Cross-National Studies in Education SIG mission is to promote research related to large-scale cross-national studies in education. The SIG aims to bring together scholars and practitioners who are contributing to the analysis, critique, and development of large-scale assessment methods and results, as well as their implications for education policy.

Co-Chair: Andres Sandoval-Hernandez, University of Bath (

Co-Chair: Maria Magdalena Isac, University of Groningen (


Monitoring and Evaluation SIG

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) SIG provides CIES members with a forum for sharing best practices, research, challenges, and solutions regarding Monitoring and Evaluation in the field of Education. This SIG will focus on fidelity of implementation, conducting quality project research and other aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation for education programming.

Chair: Hetal Thukral, School to School (

Co-Chair: Christopher Cumminskey, RTI International (

Co-Chair: Paige Morency-Notario, Basic Education Coalition (

Academic Liason: Meri Ghorkhmazyan, World Learning (

Secretary/Treasurer: Nadine Hejazin

Peace Education SIG

The Peace Education SIG brings together members of the Comparative and International Education Society with common interests in the study of peace and conflict, human rights, and social justice in education.

Co-Chair: Kevin Kester, Keimyung University

Co-Chair: Tina Robiolle, Tufts University (

Communication Co-Chair: Marios Antoniou, Open University of Cyprus

Communication Co-Chair: Karen Ross, University of Massachusetts Boston


The Philanthropy and Education SIG aims to facilitate academic discourse on the topic of philanthropy in the education sector, while simultaneously exploring socially responsive and effective giving of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Members include those in academia (students, academics), those engaging in the policy-making processes (policymakers, governments) and philanthropic projects themselves (NGOs, philanthropies). Please join us and be a part of the conversation!



Post-Foundational Approaches to Comparative and International Education SIG

The SIG was initiated to provide a dedicated space for comparative education scholars at all career stages interesting in sharing work that draws upon post-structural approaches to social theory. Whilst Foucault is already an important reference point for many CIES members the SIG also encourages engagement with other leading voices that are less audible within CIE (e.g. Agamben, Baudrillard, Butler, Derrida, Deleuze, Lacan, Rancière, Mbembe and Lather to name but a few). Recognizing that theory itself might be viewed as a constraining metanarrative, the SIG also takes inspiration from alternative intellectual horizons that might include mysticism, indigenous knowledges and Eastern religions. In this sense, the SIG is an invitation to work with, problematize and celebrate difference in social life, using this to inspire and regenerate the field of CIE.

Outgoing Chair: Susanne Ress, Humboldt University of Berlin (

Current Chair: Chenyu Yang, University of Virginia (

Incoming Chair: Christopher Kirchgasler, The University of Kansas (


Religion and Education SIG

Religion and Education SIG is a newly established SIG for the purpose of comparatively explore the links between education and religion across national, historical, and civilizational contexts. The SIG will foster an interdisciplinary dialogue and international collaboration focusing on the implications from the study of education-religion links for all fields of educational research and practice.

Our key areas of focus include:

  • Religion in Secular Schools;
  • Religion in Religious Schools;
  • Security and Religious Extremism; and,
  • Religious Education Curriculum around the World. 

Co-Chair: Bruce Collet, Bowling Green State University (

Co-Chair: Alice Chan, McGill University (

Secretary: Tiffany Boury, Franciscan University of Steubenville


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression SIG

 The term SOGIE—Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression-- is increasingly used in international arenas along with the term LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex). The SOGIE SIG will be dedicated to promoting research on the experiences of LGBTI students in schools, the diffusion and uptake of human rights norms related to SOGIE, the roles the international community and NGOs play in SOGIE issues, and other related themes.

 Chair: Oren Pizmony-Levy, Teachers College, Columbia University (

Vice Chair/Program Officer: Naomi A. Moland, American University (

Secretary/Outreach Officer: Joseph G. Kosciw, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

Student Representative (Volunteer): Cody Freeman, Teachers College, Columbia University


Study Abroad and International Students SIG

Today, over five million students cross geographical, cultural, and educational borders for their higher education. Educators and policymakers value international students as a potential resource toward campus internationalization in recent decades because of the rapid flow of ideas, technology, languages, information, and monetary benefit that they bring with them. This SIG hopes to offer a richer understanding of international students/scholars and their global experiences who are studying in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Americas where the emerging trends and practices of international students are prominent. It also hopes to include the cross-national, multi-institution, and interdisciplinary perspectives of faculty and domestic students who work (in)directly with international students and scholars.

 Chair: Krishna Bista, Morgan State University (

Chair-Elect: Uttam Gaulee, Morgan State University (

Secretary: Baoyan Cheng, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Treasurer: Manca Sustarsic, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Conference Program Co-Chair: Shuning Liu, Ball State University

Conference Program Co-Chair: Rosalind L. Raby, California State University

SIG Book Series Editor: Chris R. Glass, Old Dominion University

Award Committee Co-Chair: Ryan Allen, Teachers College, Columbia University

Award Committee Co-Chair: Roy Y. Chan, Indiana University Bloomington

Mentorship Chair: Shuai (Janet) Gao, The George Washington University

Regional Specialist: Sherrie Lee, University of Waikato

Student Representative (Chair): Suzan Kommers, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession SIG

The Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession SIG facilitates dissemination of information and fosters dialogues about critical issues in teaching and teacher education from national and international perspectives. Teachers/teacher educators/researchers are given an opportunity and a framework for discourse on issues, concerns, and successes pertaining to teaching and the teaching profession in each country.

Chair: Seun B. Adebayo, (

Program Chair: Susan Wiksten (

Secretary: Kimberley Daly, Secretary (

Membership Chair: Trang Pham (

Webmaster: Heather Reichmuth (

Gerardo Aponte-Martinez, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (


Teaching Comparative AND INTERNATIONAL Education SIG

The Teaching Comparative and International Education SIG brings together scholars and instructors of comparative and international education from around the world. It is dedicated to understanding and enhancing the contours of course work in the field and promoting comparative and international education in higher education.

Chair: Florin Salajan, North Dakota State University (

Chair-Elect: Laura Wangness Williams, North Dakota State University (

Past Chair: Matthew A.M. Thomas, University of Sydney (

Communications Officer: Evan Mickey, Indiana University Bloomington   

Treasurer: Donald Baum, Brigham Young University


Youth Development and Education SIG

The Youth Development and Education SIG provides a forum for researchers and practitioners involved in the global study of comparative and international education to debate and exchanges ideas related to youth development and secondary education. 

Co-Chair: Leesa Kaplan-Nunes, DAI Global, LLC (

Co-Chair: Emily Morris, University of Minnesota (

Communications Officer: Arushi Terway, NORRAG

Secretary: David Balwanz, University of Johannesburg 

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