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I am an assistant professor of international education and international affairs in the Department of Educational Leadership. I am a faculty member in the International Education Program and also co-direct the graduate certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives in Education.
Prior to joining the faculty at GWU in 2009, I spent two years as a research fellow in the UNESCO Centre for Comparative Educational Research at the University of Nottingham, UK, where I conducted research on two large-scale, cross-national, EU-funded projects in education and social policy.
My research explores globalization and education policy ,and is focused on three main areas: new and shifting policy spaces in education; education policy uses of international large-scale assessments; and internationalization of education.
I teach courses in international and comparative education including: Internationalizing US Schools; Citizenship, Language, Culture and Nation-building in the Global Era; Education and Diversity in Europe and the EU; UNESCO: Agenda for the 21st Century; and led a short-term study abroad course to Dakar, Senegal in 2012.
B.A., 2001, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ed.M., 2003, University of Illinois
Ph.D., 2007, University of Illinois
International Education (M.A. in Ed. & H.D.)
Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs
Incorporating International Perspectives in Education (Graduate Certificate Program)
- Comparative and international education
- Globalization and education policy reform
- Immigration, nationalism, social cohesion
- Education policy uses of international large-scale assessments
- Regional interests: Europe and the EU, U.S.
Engel, L. C., Conners, C. & Siczek, M. (in progress). Educating for global competence in the U.S.: A framework for teachers.
Engel, L. C., Rutkowski, L. & Rutkowski, D. (in progress). Global mobility and rising inequality: A cross-national study of immigration, poverty, and social cohesion.
Engel, L. C. & Rutkowski, D. (in progress). Uses of international large-scale assessments in defining quality education: Cross-national perspectives from southern Europe.
Williams, J. H., Engel, L. C. & Feuer, M. J. (in progress). The global context of practice and preaching: Do high-scoring countries practice what US discourse preaches?
Engel, L. C. & Williams, J. (in progress). (ed.). A dialogue on international large-scale assessment: Lessons learned, methodology, and policy uses. Special issue of Research in Comparative and International Education.
Rutkowski, D., Engel, L. C., & Rutkowski, L. (under review). Unraveled national borders: Assessing social cohesion among immigrant students in Europe.
Engel, L. C. (under review). Education policy uses of PISA: EU and Spain.
Engel, L. C. (forthcoming). Citizenship education and national (re)formations: Reflections from Spain. In J. Williams (ed.). (Re)Building memory: School textbooks, identity, and the pedagogies and politics of imagining community.
Engel, L. C., Mezclo, A. & Kington, A. (in press). The influence of primary education on community cohesion: Adaptation of policy to practice. Journal of Educational Research.
Rutkowski, L., Rutkowski, D. & Engel, L. C. (2013). Sharp contrasts at the boundaries: Violence and educational outcomes internationally.Comparative Education Review, 57(2), 232-259.
Williams, J. & Engel, L. C. (2012-2013). How the rest of the world evaluates teachers. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(4), 53-57.
Engel, L. C. & Rutkowski, D. (2012). UNESCO without US funding? Implications for education worldwide. Center for Evaluation and Education Policy: Indiana University.
Engel, L. C. (2012). Autonomy in the global era: Euro-regionalism and new policy spaces in education. In R. Brooks, A. Fuller, & J. Waters, J. (eds.). New spaces of education: The changing nature of learning in the 21st century. London: Routledge.
Engel, L. C. & Olden, K. (2012). One size fits all: Globalization and standardization of US education. In B. Shaklee & S. Bailey (eds.). Internationalizing Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Ahlgren, L. & Engel, L. C. (2011). Lifelong learning through SMEs: Exploring workplace learning in the UK. Journal of Workplace Learning, 23(5), 331-348
Latorre, A., Gómez, A. & Engel, L. C. (2010). Metodologia comunicativa crítica, transformació i inclusió social [Critical communicative research, transformation and social inclusion]. Temps d’Educació, 38, 153-165.
Rutkowski, D. & Engel, L. C. (2010). Soft power and hard measures: Large-scale assessment, citizenship and the EU. European Educational Research Journal, 9(3), 382-396.
Engel, L. C., Holford, J. & Wilson-Pimlott, H. (2010). Effectiveness, inequality and ethos in three English schools. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 30(3), 140-154.
Engel, L. C. (2009). New state formations in educational policy: Reflections from Spain. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Engel, L. C., Rutkowski, D. & Rutkowski, L. (2009). The harsher side of globalisation: Violent conflict and academic achievement. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 7(4), 433-456.
Rizvi, F. & Engel, L. C. (2009). Neo-liberal globalization, educational policy, and the struggle for social justice. In W. Ayers, T. Quinn & D. Stovall (Eds.), The handbook of social justice in education (pp. 529-541). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Engel, L. C. & Ortloff, D. H. (2009). From the local to the supranational: Curriculum reform and the production of the ideal citizen in two federal systems, Germany and Spain. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 41(2), 179-198.
Engel, L. C. (2008). Globalization’s strategic union: decentralization, efficiency, and the implications for educational governance in Spain. In R. K. Hopson, C. Yeakey Camp & F. M. Boakari (Eds.), Power, Voice, and the Public Good: Schooling and Education in Global Societies (pp. 391-417). Oxford: Elsevier.
Engel, L. C. (2008). Breaking the centre-periphery mould: Exploring globalisation and educational governance in Catalonia. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 6(3), 265-279.
Engel, L. C. & Rutkowski, D. (2008). Globalization and the Asia Pacific: An exploration of efficiency and equality aims of education. Critical Studies in Education, 49(2), 143-156.
Engel, L. C. (2007). Policy as journey: Tracing the steps of a reinvented Spanish state. In C. McCarthy, A. S. Durham, L. C. Engel, A. Filmer, M. D. Giardina & M. Malagreca (Eds.), Globalizing cultural studies: Ethnographic interventions in theory, method, and policy (pp. 385-406). New York: Peter Lang.
McCarthy, C., Durham, A. S., Engel, L. C., Filmer, A., Giardina, M. D., Malagreca, M. (Eds.) (2007). Globalizing cultural studies: Ethnographic interventions in theory, method, and policy. New York: Peter Lang.
Rizvi, F., Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., Sparks, J. (2007). Equality and the politics of globalization in education. In G. K. Verma, C. R. Bagley & M. M. Jha (Eds.), International perspectives on educational diversity and inclusion: Studies from America, Europe and India (pp. 3-20). London: Routledge.
Engel, L. C. (2007). “Rolling back, rolling out:” Exceptionalism of the neo-liberal Spanish state. In M. Peters & T. McDonough (Eds.), International impact of neoliberal policies on education, Special issue of Critical Studies in Education, 48(2), 213-227
Engel, L. C. (2007). The impact of No Child Left Behind on native language instruction for Latina/o elementary students. In L. D. Soto (Ed.). Praeger Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S. Greenwood Press.
Rizvi, F., Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., Sparks, J. (2006). Globalization and recent shifts in educational policy in the Asia Pacific: An Overview of Some Critical Issues. Bangkok: UNESCO.
Garcia, G. E., Bray, T. M., Mora, R. A., Primeaux, J., Ricklefs, M. A., Engel, L. C., Garley-Erb, K. (2006). Working with teachers to change the literacy instruction of Latino students in urban schools. National Reading Conference Journal Yearbook. University of Texas-Austin.