The Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison deepens and expands the understanding of educational policy and practice, past and present, at local, national, and international levels. We examine educational policies, movements, outcomes, dilemmas, and controversies — as well as the forces shaping them — through the lenses of history, sociology, anthropology, political economy, philosophy, policy analysis, and international comparative education.
Our efforts are guided by the conviction that as a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students committed to furthering socially just visions of education, we honor the intellectual and moral ideals of the School of Education and the university, and more effectively achieve our educational and scholarly aspirations.
Meet Our Students
Ariel Borns is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. With a concentration in Comparative and International Education, her ethnographic research focuses on the various intersections of migration, international development, youth, and gender. She is a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Guatemala and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to learn the K’iche’-Maya language and culture.
Meet Our Faculty
Lesley Bartlett is a Professor in Educational Policy Studies. An anthropologist by training, Professor Bartlett does research in the U.S. and internationally on multilingual literacies, migration and education, and educator professional development. Her current research project examines the politics of early grade reading programs. She has also written extensively on ethnographic and comparative case study research methods, including her recent book with Frances Vavrus called Rethinking Case Study Research. Prof. Bartlett received the Spencer Foundation’s Mid-career Award in 2015; in 2020, she received the Bereday Award for Best Article in Comparative Education Review. From 2019-2021, Professor Bartlett served as Faculty Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently co-edits the Anthropology and Education Quarterly with her colleague, Professor Stacey Lee.
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