Laura Engel

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

Laura 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 certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives into Education, and co-chair of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development.

Laura has been actively involved in international education research in England, Spain, Romania, and the U.S., and has taught international experiences courses in Senegal and Cuba. Her interdisciplinary research on globalization studies, citizenship, and education policy has appeared in over 50 publications, including in Educational Policy, Compare, Journal of Educational Research, and Comparative Education Review. Her book, New State Formations in Education Policy: Reflections from Spain focused on globalization of education in federal systems drawing on the case of Catalonia and Spain.

Her current work, funded by the National Geographic Society, focuses on the impacts of the DCPS Study Abroad and Local/Global Spaces programs on DC students, serving as the basis for the newly launched K-12 Global Innovation Forum. She also leads the National Science Foundation funded Arctic PIRE’s educational outreach project, #60above60, connecting Arctic and non-Arctic urban classrooms through the global exchanges of digital environmental stories.

She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2013 GSEHD Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2017 DEL Award in Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Engel holds a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

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.

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.

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, 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.

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's research on DCPS study abroad was featured in The D.C. Line's article "It opened my eyes to the world."

Dr. Laura Engel led a two-day inaugural convening of the K12 Global Forum, a network of district and state leaders, researchers, and educational organizations committed to equitable access to global education. The project is funded by the National Geographic Society. The convening was held at the US Institute of Peace and included a series of short "Global Ed Talks" by state and district leaders, panel presentations, lunch and learn sessions with organizations, and several interactive sessions on storytelling in global education. Follow the forum on Twitter @ForumK12 and at #K12GlobalStory.

Dr. Laura Engel published the article, "Pay to play: What does PISA participation cost in the US?" in the journal, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Dr. Engel also led a session, "Making meaning of our identities abroad," at the Department of State Professional Development Opportunity for 150 newly awarded Fulbright Scholars going overseas in 2018-2019. In addition, Dr. Engel and GW colleague, Clese Erikson, published a blog post entitled Cities and Businesses are Skipping the Straw: What about Schools? for the National American Association for Environmental Education.

Dr. Laura Engel published a post entitled "DCPS' Bold Innovation in Study Abroad" on the IIE Opening Minds Blog. In addition, Dr. Engel gave an invited talk, Shifting the Narrative of Equity in Study Abroad: The Case of DCPS at the American Councils for International Education, Washington, D.C. She also presented a poster at NAFSA 2018 entitled DCPS Study Abroad and Associated Learning Outcomes, and presented at a highlighted session, College and Career Readiness among K12 Students Who Study Abroad.

Dr. Laura Engel and GSEHD alumna Dr. Megan Siczek (Ed.D., Education Policy) published a chapter, "Framing Global Education in the United States: Policy Perspectives," in the book, Global Perspectives on Education Research, edited by Lori Diane Hill and Felice J. Levine.