Laura Engel

Laura Engel
Associate Professor, International Education & International Affairs
(202) 994-0623

Dr. Laura C. Engel is an Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University (GW), where she is Director of the International Education Program, co-director of the cross-departmental certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives into Education, and co-chair of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. She also is a faculty affiliate in the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Dr. Engel's research focuses on (1) global trends affecting educational governance and policy in federal systems, including trends in educational decentralization and the education policy uses of international assessments; (2) education policies and practices related to global citizenship, where she is currently leading the annual evaluation of the DCPS Study Abroad Initiative and the NSF funded Arctic PIRE #60above60 pilot program. Her work has appeared in over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, including in Journal of Educational Research, Comparative Education Review, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Globalisation, Societies and Education, and Research in Comparative and International Education.

Dr. Engel is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2013 GSEHD Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2017 DEL Award in Teaching Excellence. Previously, Engel worked in England and Spain, spending two years as a research fellow in the UNESCO Centre for Comparative Educational Research at the University of Nottingham, UK, where she conducted research on two European Union funded projects in education and social policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Global Cultures from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Education
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Ed.M., University of Illinois
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Publications

Engel, L. C., Fundalinski, J., & Cannon, T. (2016). Global citizenship education at a local level: A comparative analysis of four U.S. urban districts. Revista de Educación Comparativa Espanola [Journal of Spanish Comparative Education], 28, 23-51.

Chavatzia, T., Engel, L.C., & Hastedt, D. (2016). Where are the immigrant girls? Perspectives from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). IEA commissioned policy brief.

Engel, L. C. (2016). Defining and debating the common “we”: Analyses of citizen formation beyond the nation-state mould. In J. Williams & W. Bokhorst-Heng (eds.). (Re)building Memory: Textbooks, identity, and the pedagogies and politics of imagining community. Vol. 2: Textbooks, identity, nation and state. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Engel, L. C., Banks, D., Patterson, J., & Stehle, S. (2015). Research related to the International Bacclaureate: An annotated bibliography of 2014 studies. Bethesda, MD: International Baccalaureate Organization.

Engel, L. C. (2015). Steering the national: Exploring the education policy uses of PISA in Spain. European Education, 47(2), 100-116.

Engel, L. C., & Frizzell, M. (2015). Competitive comparison and PISA bragging rights: Sub-national uses of the OECD’s PISA in Canada and the US. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

Engel, L. C. (2015). Building deep and relevant global teaching and learning. Invited guest feature column, The Language Resource, National Capital Language Resource Center.

Watkins, R., Engel, L. C., & Hadsteadt, D. (2015). Is the “net generation” ready for digital citizenship? Perspectives from the IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study. Policy brief: IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study. IEA commissioned policy brief.

de Wit, H., & Engel, L. C. (2015). Building and deepening a comprehensive strategy to internationalise Romanian higher education. In J. Salmi, E. Egron-Polak, R. Pricopie, A. Curaj, & L. Deca (eds). Romania: Between the Bologna Process and national challenges/priorities. New York: Springer.

Engel, L. C. (2014). Citizenship education and national (re)formations: Reflections from Spain. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Engel, L. C., Vilela, A., & Reich, M. (2014). The role of teachers in quality education in Latin America and the Caribbean: Exploring new forms of horizontal cooperation. In Wiseman, A. & Anderson, E. (eds). Annual review of comparative and international education. Bingley, UK: Emerald Books.

Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., & Engel, L. C. (2014). Inclusive schooling: Fostering citizenship among immigrant students in Europe. Intercultural Education, 25(5).

Engel, L. C., & Rutkowski, D. (2014). Global influences on national definitions of quality education: Examples from Spain and Italy. Policy Futures in Education.

Pizmony-Levy, O., Harvey, J., Schmidt, W., Noonan, R., Engel, L. C., Feuer, M. J., Braun, H., Cantorno, C., Rotberg, I., Ash, P., Chatterji, M., & Torney-Purta, J. (2014). On the merits of, and myths about International Assessments. Quality Assurance in Education, 22(4).

Engel, L. C., & Feuer, M. J. (2014). Five myths about international large-scale assessments. Education Week.

Engel, L. C. (2014). Internationalizing schools to build global competence: Some considerations for teachers. National Capital Language Resource Center. See article here.

Engel, L. C., Rutkowski, L., & Rutkowski, D. (2014). Global mobility and rising inequality: A cross-national study of immigration, poverty, and social cohesion. Peabody Journal of Education, 86(1), 123-140.

Engel, L. C., & Williams, J. (2013). (Eds.). The globalization of assessment: A forum on international tests of student performance [Special issue]. Research in Comparative and International Education, 8(3): http://www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Williams, J., & Engel, L. C. (2013). Testing to rank, testing to learn, testing to improve: Introduction and overview. Research in Comparative and International Education, 8(3), 214-235.

Engel, L. C., Kington, A., & Mezclo, A. (2013). The influence of education on community cohesion: Adaptation of policy to practice. Journal of Educational Research, 106(5).

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, England: 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.

Williams, J. H., Engel, L. C., & Feuer, M. J. (2012). The global context of practice and preaching: Do high-scoring countries practice what US discourse preaches? GSEHD working paper, 2.3. Available online.

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.

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, England: 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]. 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.

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. (2006). Globalization and recent shifts in educational policy in the Asia Pacific: An overview of some critical issues. Bangkok, Thailand: 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.

In the News

GSEHD is pleased to announce the following faculty promotions: Dr. Scott Beveridge to Associate Professor, Dr. Michael Corry to Professor, Dr. Laura Engel to Associate Professor, Dr. Ellen Goldman to Professor, and Dr. Lionel Howard to Associate Professor. Congratulations!

Dr. Laura Engel won a National Geographic Society grant for the project, The K-12 Global Innovation Forum. The grant supports Dr. Engel's on-going work with DCPS Global Education to evaluate the impacts of the study abroad experience on participating students and teachers, and establishes a forum with key stakeholders in global education research, policy, and practice across the U.S.

Dr. Laura Engel and GSEHD alumna Dr. Megan Siczek (Ed.D., education policy) have a paper accepted in the journal Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. The title of the forthcoming paper is "A cross-national comparison of international strategies: Global citizenship and the advancement of national competitiveness." In addition, Dr. Siczek and Dr. Engel published a paper entitled Teachers' Cognitive Interpretation of U.S. Global Education Initiatives in Educational Policy.

Current student Sarah Jennings (master's, international education), Dr. Laura Engel, and current student Beth Short (Ed.D., curriculum and instruction) presented a poster, Global Campaign for Urban Sustainability: Building K-12 Student Agency, Environmental Literacy, and Global Competencies Through Digital Storytelling, at the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference at Towson University.

This week GSEHD hosted the 2017 Fulbright Enrichment Seminar titled Educational Justice: Overcoming Barriers to Quality Education in the 21st Century from April 5th to 9th and it was a tremendous success. The program, led by Dr. Laura Engel, brought 95 international Fulbright master's and doctoral-level students to campus for a multi-day seminar experience.