Lesley Bartlett

Professor, Department Chair


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Bartlett, Lesley

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Lesley Bartlett is a Professor in Educational Policy Studies. She is also affiliated with Anthropology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS). 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. In 2019, Professor Bartlett was named 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.


  • PhD Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001

Select Publications

  • Bartlett, L., & Dowd, A. J. (2019). The Need for Speed: Interrogating the Dominance of Oral Reading Fluency in International Reading Efforts. Comparative Education Review, 63(2), 189-212.
  • Bartlett, L., Oliveira, G., & Ungemah, L. (2018). Cruel Optimism: Migration and Schooling for Dominican Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 49(4), 444-461.
  • Bartlett, L., & Vavrus, F. (2017). Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • 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(1), 308–314.
  • Bartlett, L., & Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (2013). Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion. New York: Routledge.
  • Vavrus, F., & Bartlett, L. (2013). Teaching in Tension: International Pedagogies, National Policies, and Teachers’ Practices in Tanzania. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • 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.
  • 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., (2005). Dialogue, knowledge, and teacher-student relations: Freirean pedagogy in theory and practice. Comparative Education Review, 49(3), 344–364.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Editor, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, (2020, 2023)
  • Bereday Award for Best Article in Comparative Education Review, Comparative and International Education Society, 2020
  • Teaching Academy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Spain, 2018
  • Vilas Mid-Career Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, (2016, 2018)
  • Spencer Mid-Career Fellow, Spencer Foundation, (2015, 2016)
  • Jackie Kirk National Book Award, Comparative and International Education Society, 2014
  • Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Fellowship Recipient, Dominican Republic, 2009
  • Fulbright Scholar, Dominican Republic, 2008
  • Mellon Post-doctoral, Center for Teaching, Learning and Writing, Duke University, 2001