I am a critical feminist scholar whose interdisciplinary, ethnographic scholarship examines the fields of feminism, education and international development.
For the past decade, my research and writing has focused on US corporations’ investments in girls’ and women’s education and economic development based on fieldwork in the U.S. and Brazil.
My new work focuses on Silicon Valley’s attempts to shape the intertwined futures of education and work around the world in its own image.
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 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 was a 2017-2018 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. My research has also been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
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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