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SIG Leadership
Christiana Kallon Kelly (Secretariat)
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Christiana Kallon is a 2nd year doctoral student in Education, Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MS.Ed. in International Educational Development from the same university and a BA in Sociology from The College of William & Mary. Christiana is originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone but grew up in Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda and Bangladesh. She has also lived and worked in Jordan and Senegal.  She is interested in issues surrounding education, gender, the state and post-conflict reconstruction.  For 

her dissertation, Christiana is hoping to explore the effects of educational reforms on the social identities and experiences of young women in Sierra Leone during the country's post-civil war era.  

Samah Al-Sabbagh (Co-Chair) 

Mrs. Samah Al-Sabbagh is a Research Specialist at Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) a program of Education Above All Foundation. She established the research section and is currently involved in researching different topics about education in development and post crisis context. Previously, Samah was a Senior Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar and conducted extensive research in that capacity and in her role as a Senior

Educational Researcher at Barwa Knowledge. She held senior management positions at the ministry as well as national and international schools. As part of her contributions to education, she published papers and presented at national and international conferences. Samah is an active member of PTAs, served as a member of board of directors and chaired a Parent Advisory Council. Samah holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and currently pursuing her PhD. She inspires to have the opportunity to contribute to influential, reforming environments, to guide and create generations ready to lead and build the future.

Dr. Daniel Couch (Newsletter Coordinator)

Dr Daniel Couch is a Lecturer in Comparative and International Education at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. His research focuses primarily on the role of higher education within Afghanistan and other conflict-affected contexts, and higher education’s potential as an institution of peace within contexts affected by violent conflict. Additionally, Daniel is interested in the mechanisms which spread a particular educational agenda from country to country, such as large-scale assessments.

He is a former teacher and deputy principal in New Zealand schools.

Anne Corwith (Unit Planner)
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Anne Corwith is a doctoral candidate in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation explores the concepts of disaster risk reduction and resiliency of educators in rural villages of Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. She holds an MPA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute). Anne teaches a graduate level course on Education in Conflict and Emergencies

and in 2017 founded the UMD ECE graduate student organization to expand awareness of EiE on campus and to the broader community. Previously, Anne worked at the Institute of International Education on U.S. Department of State funded education programs as Director of Finance and Administration for the Fulbright Scholars Program and Deputy Director for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.


Anne spent seven years working on educational programs in Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Switzerland. While completing her Masters Degree, Anne was an Americorps volunteer and then worked with the American Red Cross in Salinas, California. She is conversant in French and Russian and is hard at work learning Nepali.

Celia Reddick (Awards Coordinator)

Celia Reddick is a PhD candidate in Education at Harvard University, focusing on the intersection of education and migration. Her dissertation explores the relationship between language use in schools and communities and its relationship to learning, identity development, and a sense of belonging for refugee students in Kampala, Uganda. Celia has over a decade of experience in education research and practice. Before returning to graduate school, as a New York City Teaching Fellow Celia taught English as a Second

Language (ESL) to recently arrived 9th and 10th grade refugees and immigrants in the South Bronx. She also worked with Ugandan teachers at the Canon Apolo Primary Teachers College in Fort Portal, Uganda, developing a curriculum for primary school teachers transitioning from local language to English language instruction. Most recently, she worked as the Curriculum and Training Specialist for Partners In Health, based in rural eastern Rwanda. Celia holds an M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Lehman College, and a B.A. in the College of Letters and German Studies from Wesleyan University. Celia was formerly an Editor and Co-Chair of the Harvard Educational Review as well as a Senior Editor for the journal (2016-2019). 

Andrew Swindell (Co-Chair)

Andrew Swindell is a doctoral candidate in International and Comparative Education at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA. His research interests include school choice policy in the United States and Non-State schooling in emergency contexts Myanmar. He has worked as a foreign aid practitioner in Liberia and a K-12 teacher in Thailand and Myanmar. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri and a

bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University.

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Petrina Davidson (Unit Planner)
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Petrina M. Davidson, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and consultant. She has worked across education levels, starting as a classroom teacher, moving into curriculum and leadership, and teaching at the university and graduate levels. Her Ph.D. is in Comparative & International Education from Lehigh University and her M.S. is in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with an emphasis on Curriculum & Instruction from Oklahoma State University. Her

research interests include international education policy, teacher training and professional development for teachers of immigrants and refugees, peace and nonviolence education, and post-genocide education.

Emily Dunlop (Unit Planner)

Emily Dunlop is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Education at NYU Steinhardt. Her research focuses on the relationships between political institutions, education, and perceptions of inequality in post-conflict countries. Her dissertation, From Policy to Perceptions of Peace?: How Youth Perceive Changing Education Inequalities in Post-Conflict Burundi, explores these relationships in secondary schools and universities in Post-War Burundi. She has taught courses in International and Global Education, and

Quantitative Research Methods. Emily obtained a Masters Degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto in Comparative International and Development Education and has extensive experience working as a teacher and curriculum developer in Canada, the UK, and Rwanda. She has field experience in Burundi and Kenya.

Thank you to everyone who has served in ECE Leadership
Dr. Mieke Lopes Cardozo (Founder & Former Co-Chair)

Dr. Mieke Lopes Cardozo (SIG Co-Chair) is assistant professor at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. She has an academic background in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Latin American Studies (University of Utrecht) and International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam). Mieke coordinates several international research projects and consortia, all focused on the role of education for peacebuilding 

in conflict-affected regions. Her research revolves around education’s role in social justice and peacebuilding, with a specific interest in teachers (training, agency), gender, and (non)formal peace building education focused on youth agency. Geographically, her research focuses on Bolivia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Mieke lectures in several BA and MA courses within the International Development Studies department at the University of Amsterdam, including the MA course The Politics of Education, Conflict and International Development. She is involved in GLOBED, an EU Erasmus Mundus Plus-funded joint Masters on Education Policies for Global Development, a board member of the Amsterdam Research Centre on Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) and a member of the Working Group on Education and Fragility of the International Network for Education in Emergencies.

Dr. Diana Rodríguez Gómez (Former Co-Chair)

Diana Rodríguez Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Universidad de Los Andes in her hometown Bogotá, Colombia. Her academic and teaching interests gravitate around the intersections of violence and education in Latin America, especially in countries affected by the War on Drugs. Through an ethnographic approach that includes visual methods, her research delves into the social processes that link global and national policies with classroom practices in contexts affected by violence. More generally, her areas

of research include forced migration, armed conflict and education, education in emergencies, and the anthropology of education. Dr. Rodríguez Gómez holds an Ed.D. in International Educational Development with an emphasis on Human Rights and Peace Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Dr. S. Garnett Russell (Founder & Former Co-Chair)

Susan “Garnett” Russell is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. Her research focuses on areas linked to education and conflict, transitional justice, human rights education, citizenship, and gender in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Rwanda, South Africa, and Burundi. She directs the George Clement Bond Center for African Education. Currently, she is carrying out research 

with a team on access to education for urban refugees in Ecuador, Lebanon, Kenya and other countries in the global south. In addition, she serves as a co-chair of the CIES SIG for Education, Conflict, and Emergencies, co-chair of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Education Policy Working Group, and is also a board member for the Journal on Education in Emergencies. Professor Russell has a PhD from Stanford University, an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Stanford University.

Chris Henderson
Former Unit Planner (2019-2020) Newsletter Coordinator

Michelle Reddy

Former Newsletter Coordinator

Inga Storen

Former Webmaster

Cyril Own Brandt

Former Submissions Coordinator

Martha Hewison
Julia Lerch

Founding Member and Former Secretariat

Gretchen Wesche 
Former Digital Media Coordinator
Adeline Ong 

Former Submissions Coordinator

Andrew McCartney

Former Digital Media Coordinator

Elisheva Cohen (Former Co-Chair)

Elisheva (Elly) Cohen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Issues and Sustainable Development at the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Development Education, where she focused on education in conflict and crisis, particularly in the Middle East. Her dissertation research used ethnographic methods to explore the experiences of 

inclusion and belonging among Syrian refugee youth in non-formal educational spaces in Jordan. 

Yasemin Rodriguez Corzo

Former Unit Planner

Kevin Nascimento

Former Unit Planner