ECE SIG 2021 Paper Award Winner
Paula Mantilla-Blanco is a doctoral fellow in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include education in contexts of transition, processes of normalization of violence, and the construction and transmission of collective memories of war. Paula’s dissertation research draws on the case of Colombia to examine the use of memory sites as pedagogical tools for teaching about a violent past and educating for peacebuilding. Focusing on sites where memories are simultaneously legitimated and contested, Paula’s research looks beyond formal schooling to explore how students’ understandings of the past inform their views on peace. Prior to joining Teachers College, Paula received an MA in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago and a BS in Mathematics from the Universidad de los Andes.
ECE SIG 2020 Paper Award Winner
Prior to beginning her PhD, Jo worked for ten years in the field of international education, focused in particular on the provision of education in contexts affected by conflict and forced displacement.
Dr. Kelcey recently defended her doctoral dissertation and will soon graduate from the International Education program at New York University. Her dissertation examines the history of education provided to Palestinian refugees by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA). Through her exploration of education for Palestinian refugees, Jo explores whether and how conventional understandings of education as a public good anchored in the nation-state and its associated concept of citizenship, relate to the challenges experienced by people living in situations of protracted displacement and statelessness. By examining the Palestinian case, she hopes to improve understanding of the possibilities and limitations facing education efforts for protracted refugee populations.
ECE SIG 2019 Paper Award Winner
ECE SIG 2019 Travel Award Winner
Jihae "Jay" Cha is a doctoral fellow at the International and Comparative Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jihae’s research interests examine the intersection of education quality, sense of belonging, and gender, and the ways in which they influence
students' academic motivation and performance in conflict-affected contexts. Jihae's dissertation research explores the schooling experiences of refugee children in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, and the different factors that contribute to their school persistence and dropout in displacement. Moving away from deficit discourses that emphasize the vulnerability, passivity, and powerlessness of the displaced populations, Jihae aims to take a balanced approach that explores both challenges and opportunities that exist in refugee education.
Jihae received her M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College with a concentration in International Humanitarian Issues and a B.A. in International Studies from Ewha Womans University.
Seun B. Adebayo
Seun is a PhD Researcher at the School of Education, National University of Ireland Galway. He holds a BSc (Hons.) degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos and an Erasmus Mundus Joint MA degree in Education Policies for Global Development (GLOBED) from the Autonomous University of
Barcelona in partnership with University of Oslo, University of Amsterdam and University of Malta. Seun is a PhD Researcher at the School of Education, National University of Ireland Galway. He holds a BSc (Hons.) degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos and an Erasmus Mundus Joint MA degree in Education Policies for Global Development (GLOBED) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in partnership with University of Oslo, University of Amsterdam and University of Malta.