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Salome Aguilar Llanes, IEPA MA, 2020

I believe that the circumstances we are born in should not be a determinant of what we can hope to achieve – rather, our achievements should be determined by our efforts and perseverance. I think that providing equal opportunities should be a requirement in order for a system to be called fair.... Read more

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Mansoor Aslam Rathore, IEPA MA, 2020

Prior to Stanford, I was fortunate to work in the education space as a researcher and consultant, which give me a wide range of experiences in this field. Right after my undergraduate, I initiated a baseline survey across rural schools in Pakistan for a randomized control trial that attempted to... Read more

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Hannah Johnstone, ICE MA, 2020

My passion for international education began in university. I had chosen to go to China for my undergraduate studies without speaking a word of Mandarin Chinese. Being thrown into an environment where I was suddenly illiterate and couldn’t express myself instilled in me a whole new appreciation... Read more

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Jane Pok-jing Ho, IEPA MA, 2020

I am a first-generation college student. From a humble upbringing, I have always believed in the power of education. I put my trust in a system that seemingly encouraged disadvantaged children like me to climb the social ladder; upon completion of my undergraduate degrees, I started my career as... Read more

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Xuemin Zhao, IEPA MA, 2019

As a student who majored in Communications and Journalism in college, I have been frequently asked why chose to switch to education for graduate study. My answer to this question has always been the same: because of my experience working as a journalist.

When I was interning at People’s... Read more

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Sebastián Guevara, IEPA MA, 2019

My parents are educators. Since I was young, they rooted interest in education on me, a curiosity towards how learning can improve our realities. As an undergrad, I majored in Political Science at ITAM, in Mexico City, and I began researching the Mexican education system. The more I learned... Read more

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Isabel Sacks, ICE MA, 2019

One of the central factors in my choice to pursue a Master’s in education was impact. When I think of the impact I hope to have, I think of social impact (I would imagine this might be different for some fields - impact might mean innovation, scientific discoveries, influencing the direction of... Read more

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Darion Aaron Wallace, IEPA MA, 2019

As I was explaining the graduate programs that I had been accepted to during a university’s MA admit day, an undergraduate student asked me “what is your philosophy of education?”. After giving an answer that I was not completely satisfied with this question illusively sat with me as I entered... Read more

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Joanna Shruti Sundharam, IEPA MA, 2019

In 2013, I started my journey in the education-social development space as a Teach for India fellow. I spent 2 years teaching a class of 40 bright-eyed girls in a government school located in New Delhi. As a teacher in the school, I got an insider's view of how government policy influences the... Read more

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Alex Ugorji, IEPA MA, 2018

My journey into the field of education started in Shanghai, China. I was a young undergraduate interning at a consulting firm, Parthenon—Ernst & Young. It was during this internship that I was first exposed to China’s vast education ‘industry.’ I say ‘industry’ because education in China is... 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

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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