Laura Engel

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

Dr. Laura Engel is an Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University (GW), Director of the International Education Program, and co-chair of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. Previously, she was a research fellow at University of Nottingham (UK), working on two European Union funded projects on education and social policy to advance inclusion and social cohesion. Dr. Engel earned her PhD in education policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Engel’s research interests focus on global education policy trends in federal systems, including education policy uses of international large-scale assessments, and internationalization of education. She is the author of three books and over 50 articles, book chapters, and policy briefs. Her recent projects, funded by the American Educational Research Association and the National Geographic Society, examine student outcomes associated with the DC Public Schools Study Abroad program and equity in global educational opportunities. She also is a member of the National Science Foundation funded Arctic PIRE team.

She is recipient of several teaching awards and has led a series of Fulbright Commission sponsored seminars. She is the former Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) co-Chair for the Large Scale Cross National Studies in Education Special Interest Group. She was recently appointed by the US Department of State and World Learning as a Fulbright Specialist (2019-2022). Additionally, Dr. Engel serves on the Board of Directors of the NEA Foundation and is Editor of the journal, International Studies in Sociology of Education.

EdFix Podcast - Episode 13: International Education, Globally Speaking "Global education” builds cultural competencies, encourages the exchange of ideas and people, and develops human capital. Could the policies and practices of other countries shed light on ways to improve our own schools and colleges, especially in the neediest communities? Drs. James Williams and Laura Engel discuss lessons learned from abroad, how the U.S. is faring compared to other countries, and whether the rise of nationalism is leading to the end of the golden age of internationalization in education.
Education
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Ed.M., University of Illinois
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Publications

Engel, L. C., & Siczek, M. (2018). Framing global education in the United States: Policy perspectives. In L. D. Hill, & F. J. Levine (Eds.), Global Perspectives in Education Research (pp. 26-47). London: Routledge.

Engel, L. C. (2017). Underrepresented students in study abroad: Investigating impacts. Washington, DC: Institute of International Education.

Engel, L. C., & Siczek, M. (2017). A cross-national comparison of international strategies: National competitiveness or global citizenship? Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education.

Siczek, M., & Engel, L. C. (2017). Teachers’ cognitive interpretations of U.S. global education policy. Educational Policy.

Engel, L. C., Fundalinski, J., Gatalica, K., Gibson, H., & Ireland, K. (2017). Global citizenship education for every student: The case of DC public schools’ study abroad program. Childhood Education, 93(6), 516-524.

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. (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., 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. (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.

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., & 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.

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.

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). 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. (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.

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

Dr. Laura Engel was selected by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning to serve as a Fulbright Specialist for a period of three years.

Dr. Laura Engel published a blog post for International-Assessments.org weighing the costs and benefits of participating in PISA. The post is entitled, "Is PISA worth its cost? Some challenges facing cost-benefit analysis of ILSAs."

Dr. Laura Engel presented her research on DCPS Study Abroad and the National Geographic Society funded K12 Global Forum at the invited session, “Evidence for Study Abroad - Access for Underrepresented Students,” at the IIE Summit in New York City.

Dr. Laura Engel's research on outcomes associated with the DC Public Schools Study Abroad Program was mentioned in an Education Week blog entitled The Value of Middle School Travel Programs. In addition, GW's Elliott School of International Affairs, highlighted Dr. Engel's work on their website's Research Spotlight.