Faculty & Staff


David R. Evans

Professor Emeritus; Founding Director (1970-2016) Center for International Education

Professional Interests

Educational planning and policy in developing countries; teacher education systems; non-formal and popular education; culture & educational administration; games and simulations; institutional development. Principal Investigator for large education projects in Afghanistan, southern Sudan and Malawi in recent decade.

B.A., Oberlin College, 1959
M.Sc., University of Illinois, 1961
Diploma of Education 1st Class, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1962
Ph.D., Stanford, 1969

Professional Interests

Globalization and education reform; Critical theory; Gender analysis; South Asia

B.A., Sophia College, Bombay, India, 1985
M.A., The Tata Institute of Social Science, Bombay, India, 1988
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1998.

Jacqueline Mosselson

Associate Professor; Book Editor, Comparative Education Review

Professional Interests

Political, social and cultural contexts of identity construction; critical psychology; international & comparative education; cultural studies.

B.A., Tufts University, 1994
M.I.A., Columbia University, 1997
M.Ed. and M.Ph., Columbia University, 2000
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002

Bjorn H. Nordtveit

Associate Professor; Editor, Comparative Education Review

Professional Interests

Aid effectiveness in education and development: public-private partnerships; bilateral aid and cooperation in education; and emerging donors (especially China). Contexts of adversity: creation of child-friendly learning environments that are protective of vulnerable children; child labor and education; poverty alleviation; and the study of resilience in contexts of adversity.

B.A., (History) Panteon-Sorbonne
B.A., Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
Master of Philosophy, Sorbonne
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2005

Professional Interests

Research Design and Methods, Qualitative Inquiry

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1966
M.S. in Ed., 1968
Ph.D., 1983


Cristine Smith

Associate Professor; Co-Editor, Comparative Education Review

Professional Interests

Early grade and adult literacy; teacher professional development; training design; project planning, management and monitoring/evaluation; adult learning theories; faculty development for improved teaching and learning; girls' and women's education

B.A., California State University, 1978
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983
M.S., Cornell University, 1985
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997

Ash Hartwell

Adjunct Professor, PI USAID-ECCN Project

Professional Interests

Complex Adaptive Systems, Education in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Environments, Alternative Education, Institutional Capacity Development.

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1963
M.A., Howard University, 1968
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1972

Associated Faculty

Joseph B. Berger

Professor; Dean, College of Education UMass Boston; Chair, Global Higher Education and Research, Worldwide Universities Network

Professional Interests

Post-secondary educational leadership and organizational development; Improving tertiary educational systems and institutions in high need international contexts such as Egypt, Malawi, China, the Philippines, Russia, and Afghanistan; The ways in which leadership, organizational, and policy structures influence college access and degree attainment, particularly for those students who have been traditionally under-represented in higher education domestically

B.A., Lawrence University, 1986
M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1990
Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 1997

Professional Interests

Adult literacy, health literacy, early grade reading, research design

B.S., California State University, 1968
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1978
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1979


Professional Interests

Student Affairs, human resource management, policy analysis, strategic planning and assessment and the application of student centered, high impact retention and completion practices.

B.S.,  University of Massachusetts, 1991
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, 1995
Ed.D., George Washington University, 2013


Sharon F. Rallis

Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor in Education Policy and Reform

Professional Interests

Education policy and reform; Educational leadership; Qualitative research methods and evaluation

B.A., Wellesley, 1968
Ed.M., Harvard, 1977
Ed.D., 1982

CIE Staff

Barbara has been the fiscal administrator of CIE since 1985. In her role, she looks hither and yon in search of sources and or mechanisms by which to fund Center needs. Barbara also does many other crucial things to keep the Center community halthy, including acting as master problem solver, den mother, and confidante for all.


Sibyl works both as the Project Accountant for the University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) and on CIE business and activities with Barbara.

Emeritus Faculty

Professional Interests

Non-formal education, teacher education

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1971​

Professional Interests

East-West Studies, African Studies

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1967