Faculty & Staff


Ian Barron

Professor, Director Center for International Education

Professional Interests

Child and adult traumatization and recovery in war, military occupation, and domestic violence; Mass trauma (terrorism & disasters) response; Mass migration and trauma; School-based abuse prevention; Clerical child sexual abuse; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

B.Sc., University of Stirling, 1985

M.App.Sci., University of Glasgow, 1987

D.Ed.Psy., University of Dundee, 2009


Bjorn H. Nordtveit

Associate Professor; Editor, Comparative Education Review; Visiting Professor, Zhejiang Normal University

Professional Interests

His research focuses on three key areas: (i) Aid Effectiveness in Education, including public-private partnerships, integrated service provision, and Sino-African cooperation in education; (ii) Child Protection, including Worst Forms of Child Labor, disability, and peace education in active conflict; and (iii) Critical and Alternative Epistemologies, including critical auto ethnography, decolonial methods and critical discourse analysis.

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

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


Shane Hammond

Lecturer; Graduate Program Director, College of Education

Professional Interests

Development of policy and institutional levers for promoting access to higher education for historically marginalized student populations nationally and internationally.

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


Professional Interests

Education, gender, religion and culture, and livelihoods/poverty reduction, in particular in fragile and conflict-affected states.

B.A., Smith College, 2004
M.A.,School of Oriental & Afrcan Studies, University of London, 2005
Ph.D., School of Oriental & Afrcan Studies, University of London, 2011

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


B.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst 1973
M.B.A.  Western New England College 1982

Emeritus Faculty

David R. Evans

Professor Emeritus; Founding Director of CIE (1970-2016)

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 University, 1969

Professional Interests

Non-formal education, teacher education

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1971​

Professional Interests

Research Design and Methods, Qualitative Inquiry

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


Professional Interests

East-West Studies, African Studies

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1967