Ariel Borns

Position title: Comparative International Education and Global Studies


Ariel Borns is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 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. She holds an MA in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in Teaching from Clark University, and BA in International Development and Social Change and Spanish from Clark University. She is a Graduate Research Fellow for the Institute for Research on Poverty and a Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program affiliate. Prior to graduate school, she was a middle school teacher in the United States.