I am a critical feminist scholar whose interdisciplinary, ethnographic scholarship examines the fields of education, feminism, and international development. For the past decade, my research and writing has focused on U.S. transnational corporations’ investments in girls’ and women’s education and economic development based on fieldwork in the U.S. and Brazil.  I am the author of The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development (University of California Press 2018), winner of the National Women’s Studies Association’s Sara A. Whaley Prize.  My writing has also been published in scholarly journals, such as Feminist Studies and Journal of Education Policy, and featured by The New Yorker, BBC, National Public Radio, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and other venues.

I was a 2017-2018 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for my research on Silicon Valley’s attempts to shape the intertwined futures of education and work around the world.  My research has also been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. 

I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, and an affiliate of the Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil.   I am also an Assistant Professor in Educational Policy Studies in the School of Education, and an affiliate of Gender and Women's Studies and the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

I am an editor of Feminist Studies, the first scholarly journal in the field of gender, feminist, and women’s studies. 

With over eighteen years of experience in the fields of education and international development, I am committed to supporting foundations, NGOs, development institutions, and governments develop and sustain holistic, transformative programs and policies to support girls and women around the world.

I received my Ph.D. (2012) from the Social and Cultural Studies Program in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality from the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. I also hold an M.A. in Curriculum & Teaching from Michigan State University, and a B.S. in Sociology and Human and Organizational Development with a minor in African American Studies from Vanderbilt University. Prior to graduate school, I was a high school teacher in the U.S. and Honduras.

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