The start of a new fall quarter at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) comes with many changes: leaves turning from summer green to autumn hues of red, brown and orange; first-year and returning students connecting with peers and preparing for classes; and new faculty joining the ranks, bringing fresh perspectives, research, and expertise with them.
This year, three new professors will be joining the GSE: Guilherme Lichand, Rebecca Tarlau, and Fernando Carnaúba.
“Fernando, Rebecca, and Guilherme are fabulous scholars and people. We’re lucky to have them join our community and help deepen our engagement with education issues in the global South,” said Dean Dan Schwartz. “They each bring important international perspectives to challenges facing children and all learners.”
Guilherme Lichand, who is originally from Brazil, joins the GSE as an assistant professor who will be working with the GSE’s Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil. His research focuses on sources of educational inequity in the global South, and potential solutions.
Prior to coming to the GSE, he was an assistant professor of child well-being and development at the University of Zurich. He also co-founded the Brazilian edtech platform Movva, designed to support vulnerable students in graduating from college.
Lichand earned a PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University, a master’s of science in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fundação Getulio Vargas.
“Stanford GSE is at the top of the world,” said Lichand, who started on Sept. 1. “I deeply admire the work of so many faculty in the school and am so looking forward to working together with them in the years to come. I’m also really excited about getting to know students, and learning from what they already have done and what they aspire to do next.”
Rebecca Tarlau, who first came to the GSE as a postdoctoral scholar in 2015, now joins the faculty as an associate professor. Prior to joining the GSE faculty, Tarlau was an associate professor of education and labor and employment relations at Penn State College of Education.
She earned her PhD in social and cultural studies in education from the University of California at Berkeley, and received her bachelor’s in anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Michigan.
Her ethnographic research focuses on state and state-society relations, social movements, critical pedagogy, and learning. She explores the role education plays in facilitating social change, both within formal school systems and in informal contexts.
“I look forward to being a resource and mentor to GSE students, and to learn from their perspectives coming from their own varied social and geographic backgrounds,” said Tarlau, who starts on Jan. 1, 2024. “It will be an honor to be part of this stellar group of faculty and students.”
Fernando Carnaúba, who first came to the GSE as a visiting student researcher in 2014, joins the faculty on Feb. 16 from Teachers College at Columbia University, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. He will join as an assistant professor (teaching) and will be affiliated with the Lemann Center as a Lemann Foundation Scholar.
His research centers on increasing equity in learning outcomes for public school students, and for the past 10 years he’s worked to deepen teacher education programs in collaboration with a network of 20 universities in Brazil, where he has lived for much of his life.
“The GSE is a beacon in education research, and I anticipate learning immensely from collaborations with esteemed colleagues, many of whom have inspired my career trajectory,” said Carnaúba.
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