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

GSEHD and ESIA students were in high attendance during Saturday's Washington Consortium for Comparative and International Education and Training at American University's Spring Valley Campus led by IEP's Interim Program Director Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser​ and Dr. Meggan Madden. The conference theme was inspired by the related 2018 Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) theme, "Mapping Global Education: South-North and North-South Dialogue." The following students presented: Lucia Mohamed (IEP), Mara Ohorodnik (IEP), Justin Rotundo (IEP), Hafsa Alvi (Ed Policy), Nenelwa Tomi (IEP), Wajiha Saqib (Ed Policy), Panfei Shi (IEP), Priyal Gala (IEP), Aishwarya Khurana (C&I), William Webber (IEP), and Chris Hicks (ESIA). Students presented on topics ranging from the cause of female dropout rates in Sindh as girls reach puberty, alternative education recommendations for Japanese students refusing to go to school, strengthening the U.S.-Mexico relationship through educational exchange and a personal narrative that employed decolonizing methodology to critically examine the colonial residue at the George Washington University.

The group of students who travelled to Japan with Dr. Meggan Madden as part of the Kakehashi Project last month were filmed by television cameras during the cultural portion of the study tour in Kumamoto prefecture. Watch the television coverage of their visit, which aired on KKT in Japan in January.

Dr. Meggan Madden is leading a group of GSEHD students on a 10-day study tour of Japan sponsored by the Kakehashi Project. A youth cultural exchange initiative, the tour is visiting a variety of educational institutions and experiencing key parts of Japanese culture.

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.