Laura Engel

Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs
205 2129 G Street NW
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Laura Engel

Areas of Expertise

International and comparative education, globalization, citizenship, education policy, federal systems, Spain/Catalonia, equity

Laura Engel is an Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University (GW), where she is director of the International Education Program, co-director of the certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives into Education, and co-chair of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. Laura has lived, worked, and studied in England, Spain, and Romania; has taught graduate courses in Senegal and Cuba; and has traveled extensively. Her interdisciplinary research on globalization, citizenship, and education policy in federal systems has appeared in over 50 publications, including in Educational Policy, Compare, and Comparative Education Review.

Her book, New State Formations in Education Policy: Reflections from Spain, focused on globalization of education in federal systems drawing on the case of Catalonia and Spain. Her current research, funded by AERA and the National Geographic Society, explores the impacts of global learning on students and teachers. She also leads the National Science Foundation Arctic PIRE’s pilot educational outreach project, #60above60, connecting Arctic and non-Arctic urban classrooms through the global exchanges of digital environmental stories. She holds a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Ph.D., 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Classes Taught

EDUC 6601 International and Comparative Education

EDUC 6602 Education and Diversity in Europe and the EU

EDUC 6615 Internationalizing U.S. Schools

EDUC 6640 Citizenship, Language, Culture and Nation-building in the Global Era