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Stefani Jovcheska, IEPA MA, 2023

I am pleased to reflect upon my distinctive journey as the first scholar from North Macedonia to pursue studies at the Stanford GSE. This achievement remains and will remain a source of great pride and honor.

From the very beginning of my academic journey, I’ve encountered various... Read more

Camille Fabo
Camille Fabo, IEPA MA, 2022

I came to Stanford and chose this program because I wanted to better understand education policies, economics, and mechanisms underlying education programs and reforms, by comparing different systems across the globe. My ambition was to become an enlightened advocate for equity and access to... Read more

Nina Yacher Perroni, IEPA MA, 2022

Right before applying to the GSE, I was working as a research and project coordinator at APTUS Chile. The focus of my job was studying practices related to initial and continuing teacher preparation, as well as the role of teacher educators in pre-service teacher education. Prior to that, I... Read more

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Sara Vitral Rezende, IEPA MA, 2022

As a policymaker focused on education at the state level in Brazil, I was always concerned about building educational policies that would be effective. I chose my career in the government and did my BA in Public Administration because I wanted to reduce inequalities and promote equity. However,... Read more

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María José Alvarez Vidana, IEPA MA, 2022

My interest in education came from volunteering in different national and international NGOs, where I tutored students from rural and urban public schools in Mexico. Volunteering widened my perspective on education and showed me the challenges to have quality education in my country. Therefore,... Read more

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Risako Ninomiya, ICE MA, 2022

I decided to study in the ICE master’s program to achieve my goal of creating an equitable and inclusive learning environment where underrepresented women scholars can confidently learn. Leading a non-profit organization for advancing gender equity and teaching minority students, combined with... Read more

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Stefano Hollis, ICE MA, 2022

After studying sociology at undergraduate level (with a significant focus on education and education policy) at home in the UK, I gained two years of classroom experience in Hong Kong, first in a tutorial centre and then in a primary school. In pursuing a Master’s course, I sought an experience... Read more

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Allison Leigh Gross, IEPA MA, 2022

The summer after college, I found myself puppeteering for preschoolers and young children. It was during this unlikely period of time that I witnessed the striking perceptiveness and porousness of young children—they possessed reservoirs of complex emotions, and were acutely impressionable. I... Read more

Vehbi Tandogan
Vehbi Tandogan, ICE MA, 2021

My journey to the International and Comparative Education MA program at Stanford GSE began when I was an undergraduate studying political science at UC Berkeley. At the beginning of my undergraduate career, I had not anticipated that I would pursue a career related to education; however, by my... Read more

Shizza Fatima
Shizza Fatima, IEPA MA, 2021

I came to the field of international education with a background in structural engineering and research. My training in STEM enabled me to gain valuable problem-solving skills, asking difficult questions, collecting and analyzing data by employing a diverse array of research methodologies, and... Read more

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Seungah Lee

Although I have always had an interest in education, I started focusing on education issues while studying economic development and international political economy as an undergraduate at Georgetown University. Subsequently, I pursued an Ed.M. in international education policy from Harvard... Read more

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Daniel Scott Smith

Being a PhD at the Stanford GSE is a tremendous experience. The ICE program gives you the freedom to explore your individual interests, yet also specialized content knowledge, skills, and mentorship in the area of international and comparative education and development. In my time in the program... Read more

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Lisa Overbey

Prior to coming to Stanford, I worked on international affairs for the World Bank in Berlin, Germany. Earlier in my career, I taught English in France and worked on education projects in sub-Saharan Africa at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. My interest in understanding the role education... Read more

Nadine Ann Skinner, PhD

I’ve always been passionate about education and driven to support my community. I’m a native Californian and I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics and History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since then, I’ve had amazing opportunities to teach and work in social justice... Read more

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Hannah D’Apice

Before coming to Stanford, I taught professionally for four years in Texas and Singapore, with additional volunteer teaching work in rural parts of Indonesia. My students ranged in age from pre-k to adult, and came from a variety of backgrounds: at-risk youth, vocational students, domestic... Read more

Michelle Reddy
Michelle Reddy, PhD

I first developed an interest in education and social transformation as an undergraduate at Boston College, where I worked on the University of the Middle East Project, and subsequently pursued an M.A. in higher education administration at Columbia University. After receiving the Zankel... Read more

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Jamie Johnston, PhD

I first developed an interest in education research as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and through a public policy degree at the University of Chicago. Subsequent opportunities to work in multiple countries strengthened my desire to understand how education policies can work to... Read more

Jennifer Chan
Jennifer Chan, PhD

I was transitioning from the private sector and had backpacked around Asia for a year prior to landing on the farm. I knew that I wanted to do research on human rights but was not sure about the disciplinary angle or program. The ICE program in the Stanford University School of Education turned... Read more

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Tom Luschei, PhD

I benefited tremendously from Stanford’s ICE Ph.D. program. I took rigorous and engaging classes with world-renowned professors, received top-notch training in educational research methods, participated in research projects in the U.S. and abroad, and interacted daily with brilliant peers. After... Read more

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Nii Addy, PhD

I'm originally from Accra, the capital of Ghana, West Africa. After years spent bonding with a bunch of other guys at St. Peter's Secondary School, I spent two wonderful years teaching at Bishop Bowers School - the elementary school I had attended. I think it was there that my professional... Read more

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