Meggan Madden

Meggan Madden
Assistant Professor, International Education and Higher Education Administration
(202) 994-2770

Dr. Madden’s research and teaching examine policies and practices that support increased access to international education opportunities for marginalized populations. She is currently investigating the federal, state and institutional policies that support undocumented students to study abroad while pursuing a post-secondary degree under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She is also studying the impact that the pursuit of an international degree has had on African alumni of North American institutions. The purpose of this research is to help researchers, policymakers and practitioners understand the student support mechanisms necessary for international scholarship programs.

Dr. Madden’s publications address topics such as internationalization of higher education, policy learning and borrowing, quality assurance in higher education, and the role of international organizations in higher education, cross-national policy. Prior to joining the faculty of the George Washington University, Dr. Madden worked as an Assistant Professor at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, and as the Director for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University. Dr. Madden holds a B.A. in Religion/Philosophy and World Perspectives from Principia College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education with a specialization in comparative, international and development education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
M.A., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
B.A., Principia College


Shahjahan, R. & Madden, M. (2015). Uncovering the images and meanings of international organizations (IOs) in higher education research. Higher Education. 69(5):705-717.

Madden, M. (2014). Walking the line: Quality assurance policy development and implementation in Việt Nam. Higher Education. 67(1): 91-104.

Knight, J. & Madden, M. (2010). The International Mobility of Canadian Social Science and Humanities Doctoral Students. Canadian Journal of Higher Education. 40(2). 18-34.

Mundy, K. & Madden, M. (2009). UNESCO and Higher Education: Opportunity or Impasse? In R.M. Bassett and A. Maldonado-Maldonado (eds.), International Organizations and Higher Education Policy: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally? London: Routledge.

Mundy, K., Bickmore, K., Hayhoe, R., Madden, M. & Madjidi, K. (2008). Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc.

In the News

Dr. Meggan Madden published an entry in the Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions entitled "Role of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the field of higher education research" with Karen Mundy, Chief Technology Officer of the Global Partnership for Education.

Dr. Meggan Madden was a panelist in an online Community Discussion titled The Future of DACA sponsored by Diversity Abroad. Over 100 participants attended this virtual event.

Dr. Meggan Madden and the students who participated in the Kakehashi Project study trip hosted Japanese students from Sophia University and the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. They spent the time together presenting research, engaging in research discussions, and touring the GW campus.

Dr. Meggan Madden gave a presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference titled Exclusive and inclusive practices of international education: A case study of undocumented students accessing study abroad opportunities.

Dr. Meggan Madden presented a paper with colleagues at the Association of International Education Administrators Conference that discussed federal and institutional practices and processes during the Obama Administration that supported undocumented students to study abroad. Current GSEHD student Adina Lav (Executive Leadership Program), Assistant Provost for International Enrollment at GW, also participated in the presentation.