Lesley Bartlett



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Lesley Bartlett

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Lesley Bartlett

Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

201 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/263-2091


Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Lesley Bartlett is a Professor in Educational Policy Studies and a faculty affiliate in Anthropology. An anthropologist by training who works in the field of International and Comparative Education, Professor Bartlett does research in literacy studies (including multilingual literacies), migration, and educator professional development. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times, Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South, Critical Approaches to Comparative Education, Teaching in Tension: International Pedagogies, National Policies, and Teachers' Practices in Tanzania, and The Word and the World: The Cultural Politics of Literacy in Brazil.


Ph D, Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

BA, English Education with highest honor in English
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Engaging anthropological theories and methodologies, my research tends to address three general areas: literacy studies (including multilingual literacies), migration, and educator professional development. I have completed projects on youth and adult literacy programs in Brazil; Freirean-inspired literacy programs; a bilingual high school for newcomer Latino immigrant youth in New York City; schooling for Haitian-descent youth in the Dominican Republic; the international expansion of early grade reading programs; learner-centered pedagogies in Tanzania; and refugee education in Kenya. My current research considers the impact of Dominican maternal migration on the educational and migration aspirations of the children who remain in the Dominican Republic and who are born in or brought to the U.S.


  • Bartlett, L., & Vavrus, F. (2016). Rethinking Case Study Research. New York: Routledge.
  • Bartlett, L., Rodriguez, D., & Oliveira, G. (2015). Anthropology of Migration and Education Across the Americas: Conceptual Developments. Educacao e Pesquisa. 41(5), 1153-1172.
  • Bartlett, L., & Frazier, J. (2015). Literacy and Development. Routledge Handbook of International Education and Development. pp. 108-118.
  • Bartlett, L., & Bajaj, M. (2015). Nonformal Bilingual Education. In W. Wright, S. Boun and O. Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education, (pp. 428–446). The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education.
  • Bartlett, L., Dowd, A.J., & Jonason, C. (2015). Problematizing early grade reading: Should the post-2015 agenda treasure what is measured? International Journal of Educational Development. 40, 308–314.
  • Mendenhall, M., Dryden-Peterson, S., Bartlett, L., Ndirangu, C., Imonje, R., Gakunga, D., Gichuhi, L., Nyagah, G., Okoth, U., & Tangelder, M. (2015). Quality Education for Refugees in Kenya: Pedagogy in Urban Nairobi and Kakuma Refugee Camp Settings. Journal on Education in Emergencies. 1(1), 92-130.
  • Bartlett, L., Rodriguez Gomez, D., & Olivera, G. (2015). South-South Migration and Education: Sociocultural Perspectives. Educação e Pesquisa. 41(5), 1153-1170.
  • Bartlett, L., & Koyama, J. (2014). Immigrants and education. In M. Bigelow and J. Ennser-Kananen (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of educational linguistics, (pp. 237–251). New York: Routledge.
  • Bartlett, L., & Vavrus, F. (2014). Transversing the vertical case study: A methodological approach to studies of educational policy as practice. Anthropology & Education Quarterly. 45(2), 131–147.
  • Bartlett, L., & Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (2013). Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion. New York: Routledge.
  • Bartlett, L., & Vavrus, F. (2013). Studying Globalization: The Vertical Case Study Approach. In K. Monkman and N. Stromquist (Eds.), Globalization and Education, (pp. 119–131).
  • Vavrus, F., & Bartlett, L. (2013). Teaching in Tension: International Pedagogies, National Policies, and Teachers’ Practices in Tanzania. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Vavrus, F., & Bartlett, L. (2012). Comparative pedagogies and epistemological diversity: Social and materials contexts of teaching in Tanzania. Comparative Education Review. 56(4), 634–658.
  • Bartlett, L. (2012). South-South migration and education: The case of people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic. Compare. 42(3), 393–414.
  • Bartlett, L., & Garcia, O. (2011). Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Bilingual Education and Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
  • Bartlett, L. (2010). The Word and the World: The Cultural Politics of Literacy in Brazil. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Vavrus, F., & Bartlett, L. (2009). Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. New York: Palgrave.
  • Bartlett, L. (2008). Engaging cultural artefacts to “do” literacy. New Literacy Studies, Global and Local. 2, 35-50.
  • Bartlett, L. (2008). Literacy’s verb: Exploring what literacy is and what literacy does. International Journal of Educational Development. 28(6), 737–753.
  • Bartlett, L. (2008). Paulo Freire and peace education. In Monisha Bajaj (Eds.), Encyclopedia of peace education, (pp. 39-45). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.
  • Garcia, O., & Bartlett, L. (2007). A speech community model of bilingual education: Educating Latino newcomers in the USA. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 10(1), 1–25.
  • Michael, A., Andrade, N., & Bartlett, L. (2007). Figuring “success” in a bilingual high school. The Urban Review. 39(2), 167–189.
  • García, O., Bartlett, L., & Kleifgen, J. (2007). From biliteracy to pluriliteracies. In L. Wei and P. Auer (Eds.), Handbook on Multilingualism and Multilingual Communication, (pp. 207-228). Mouton/de Gruyter.
  • Bartlett, L. (2007). Human capital or human connections? The cultural meanings of education in Brazil. Teachers College Record. 109(7), 1613–1636.
  • Bartlett, L. (2007). Literacy, speech and shame: The cultural politics of literacy and language in Brazil. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 20(5), 547–563.
  • Holland, D., Nonini, D.M., Lutz, C., Bartlett, L., Frederick-McGlathery, M., Guldbrandsen, T.C., & Murillo, E.G. (2007). Local democracy under siege: Activism, public interests, and private politics. New York: NYU Press.
  • Bartlett, L. (2007). The comparative ethnography of educational projects: youth and adult literacy programmes in Brazil. Compare. 37(2), 151–166.
  • Bartlett, L. (2007). To seem and to feel: Situated identities and literacy practices. Teachers College Record. 109(1), 51–69.
  • Vavrus, F., & Bartlett, L. (2006). Comparatively Knowing: Making a Case for the Vertical Case Study. Current Issues in Comparative Education. 8(2), 95–103.
  • Bartlett, L. (2005). Dialogue, knowledge, and teacher-student relations: Freirean pedagogy in theory and practice. Comparative Education Review. 49(3), 344–364.
  • Bartlett, L. (2005). Identity work and cultural artifacts in literacy learning and use: A sociocultural analysis. Language and Education. 19(1), 1–9.
  • Bartlett, L., & Brayboy, B.M. (2005). Race and schooling: Theories and ethnographies. Urban Review. 37(5), 361–374.
  • Bartlett, L. (2003). World Culture or Transnational Project? In Kathryn Anderson-Levitt (Eds.), Local meanings, global schooling, (pp. 183–200). Palgrave Macmillan US.
  • Bartlett, L., Frederick, M., Gulbrandsen, T., & Murillo, E. (2002). The marketization of education: Public schools for private ends. Anthropology & Education Quarterly. 33(1), 5–29.
  • Bartlett, L., & Holland, D. (2002). Theorizing the space of literacy practices. Ways of knowing journal. 2(1), 10–22.
  • Bartlett, L. (2001). Women teaching class: Emotional labor in Brazilian literacy classes. Anthropology of Work Review. 22(3), 22–26.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): May 2016 - May 2018
  • Other
    Organization: Spencer Foundation
    Date(s): August 2015 - April 2016
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: for Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion (2013)
    Date(s): 2014
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): January 2009 - December 2009
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): August 2008 - May 2009


  • Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)
    Member Since: January 1, 1994
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
    Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: January 1, 1993
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