Research

In my research, I explore the effects of globalization on education policy and the politics of knowledge.

While I research a range of global settings, my regional expertise lies in the study of Central Asia and the former Soviet space. I draw from an array of theories, frameworks and qualitative methods that enable me to take a critical approach to the study of knowledge, processes of globalization, and power, and to increase diversity in scholarship by using my position to increase the range and volume of voices that are heard.

I have published widely in peer-reviewed journals, books, web-based magazines, blogs and other audio/visual media.

Effects of globalization on education policy

As contemporary globalization processes continue to intensify, education policies are increasingly being transferred around the world, often with little regard to their suitability to the setting that is ‘borrowing’ the policy. I am particularly interested in researching the effects of globalization on education policy transfer in the former Soviet Union.

In my extensive engagement with the region, in particular through my practitioner and later academic work with and on Central Asia, I have discovered that policies in the former Soviet space increasingly draw from external knowledge traditions and norms. Given the significant legacies of the Soviet period that continue to permeate these societies, the study of their adaptation to imported education policies provides a unique window into contemporary globalization processes.

The politics of knowledge: Do new politics change old orders?

Researching the effects of globalization on education policy has led me to an emerging area of research, investigating not only howpolicies circulate but whycertain policies and ideas about knowledge become or remain dominant. This question is particularly pertinent in the current political era, which is characterized by emerging powers, shifting international and regional relations, and growing populism and nationalism.

In this research on the politics of knowledge, I examine both change and continuity resulting from the new global politics. I focus on how ongoing inequalities in the organization and governance of knowledge demonstrate little change in the old orders of the knowledge domain, but also research the ways in which power dynamics between knowledge actors are shifting as a result of the new politics.