Koboul E. Mansour (Ph.D. 2022)

In 2023, Koboul embarked on a new role as the Director of the Days-Massolo Multicultural Center at Hamilton College.  She finds joy and fulfillment in her current position as it enables her to integrate her professional passions, including advocacy, social justice, promoting sense of belonging, and strategic planning.

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Pempho Chinkondenji (Ph.D. 2023)

Dr. Pempho Chinkondenji’s research focuses on school (re)integration of student mothers, pregnancy-related education policies, and the relationship between gender, education, and development in Southern Africa. With emphasis on African and African diaspora populations in primary, secondary, and higher education contexts, Pempho’s scholarship draws from interdisciplinary fields to address structural inequalities within educational policies and practices.

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Benjamin Scherrer (Ph.D. 2023)

Ben is currently an Instructor in Political Science at Vassar College. His interdisciplinary scholarship draws from Black Studies, river and wetland ecologies, and critical cartographic methods. Through archival study and place-based approaches to research, his current project works towards disrupting disciplined climate change education through methodological deciphering of flooding and ongoing catastrophe.


He is interested in practices located materially outside or outdoors, in aesthetic engagement with affective elements that enliven what is put on the page. 


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Mariam Rashid (Ph.D. 2023)

Dr. Mariam Rashid is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on global refugee resettlement policies and practices, coloniality of displacement, and issues related to statelessness, nativity, and indigeneity within minority peoples of East Africa. Her work also critically engages with the discourse of diversity and inclusivity within higher education institutions.


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Lamiaa Eid

Lamiaa worked as a researcher at a research institute (MEIHE) at the American University in Cairo (AUC). There she was involved in institutional capacity-building projects at the global, regional, and national levels to reform schools and develop teachers/educators as empowered agents of change.

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Nanak Hikmatullah

Nanak is a first-year PhD student in Teacher Education and School Improvement (TESI) in the College of Education at UMass. He is the holder of Edgar Brood Academic Chair, based in Brussels, Belgium, and a lecturer of English at Siliwangi University in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia, where he teaches several courses such as Educational Technology, Literature in English Language Teaching, and Sociolinguistics.


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Hassan Aslami (M.Ed. 2013; Ph.D. 2021)

Since finishing my Ph.D. degree in September 2021, I have been working as the Senior Research Fellow for the University of Massachusetts Boston. I am mainly responsible for managing the education sector portfolio of the USAID-funded Advancing Higher Education for Afghanistan’s Development (AHEAD) project. 


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Daman Bozdar

Daman Bozdar is a doctoral student in International Education. He is an accomplished and experienced international development and education sector professional with over 19 years of progressively responsible experience and demonstrated competencies in education project planning, implementation, oversight, and evaluation.


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Mukhayyokhon Azamova

Mukhayyokhon is a social protection and policy development specialist with experience in international relations, fund mobilization, community strengthening, and child rights in Uzbekistan.


In the summer of 2021 she was an intern at the World Bank where she worked on research and project development for the education sector of Uzbekistan.


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Christopher W. Buck

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity. ― Chimamanda Adichie


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