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  • D. Brent Edwards Jr.

    Assistant Professor of Theory and Methodology in the Study of Education


    • Educational Foundations


    • 2013 PhD, International Education Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
    • 2007 MSc, Education, University of Pennsylvania
    • 2005 BS, Finance & International Business, University of Maryland, College Park
    • 2005 BA, Spanish Language & Literature, University of Maryland, College Park
    • 2005 Certificate, Latin American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

    Area(s) of Interest

    • Education and International Development
    • Education in Latin America
    • Education in Southeast Asia
    • Global Education Policy
    • Global Governance of Education
    • Globalization
    • International Organizations
    • Policy Analysis
    • Political Economy of Education Reform
    • Quasi-Market Education Reforms

    Brief Biography

    D. BRENT EDWARDS JR. is an Assistant Professor of Theory and Methodology in the Study of Education at the University of Hawaii. His work focuses on (a) the global governance of education and (b) education policy, politics and political economy, with a focus on low-income countries. Within these two research lines, Edwards has focused on investigating the rise of global education policies and the influence of international organizations, as well as trends related to educational privatization (e.g., charter schools, low-fee private schools), decentralization, and community participation. The third general area of Edwards’ research focuses on (c) critical engagement with and democratic alternatives to dominant education models. Geographically, these three areas of focus have lead to research primarily in Mexico, Colombia, Central America (El Salvador, Honduras), and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines).

    Previously, he has worked with Drexel University as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Educational Administration and International Education, in Philadelphia, USA. Over the years, he has also worked with The University of Tokyo; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Amsterdam; the Autonomous University of Barcelona; The George Washington University; the Universidad Centroamericana; and the World Bank. In addition to his work appearing in such journals as Comparative Education Review, Comparative Education, Journal of Education Policy, Prospects, and Education Policy Analysis Archives, among others, he has two forthcoming books, titled: International Education Policy and the Global Reform Agenda: Education with Community Participation in El Salvador and The Political Economy of Schooling in Cambodia: Issues of Equity and Quality (both with Palgrave MacMillan).

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