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Karen Monkman

  • She/Her/Hers
  • Professor Emerita
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  • Emeritus Faculty
  • Department of Teacher Education | Educational Policy Studies and Research
  • (773) 325-4351
  • Office: 358

Karen Monkman’s research interests broadly relate to equity, lived experience and education policy. She is an internationally recognized scholar on gender and globalization, and migration, as they relate to education. Recent research projects focus on the discursive framing of gender in education policy globally, girls’ multilingual education policy and practice in Cambodia, student experience in an after school program in an under-resourced public school in the US, and globalization and educational policy and practice. She is active in the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). She has taught English-as-a-Second/Foreign language (ESL/EFL) in the US, West Africa and Latin America.

  • PhD in International and Intercultural Education, University of Southern California
  • MA in Sociology, University of Southern California
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California
  • MA in Comparative/International Education, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • BA in Education and Cultural Studies, Goddard College
Courses Taught
  • SCU 207 Social and Historical Issues in Education
  • SCG 408 Education and Society
  • SCG 409 Sociology of Education
  • SCG 451 Doing Critical Practitioner Research in Education
  • SCG 527 Global Perspectives in Education
  • SCG 603 Culture and Education
  • SCG 610 Introduction to Research Methods
  • SCG 635 Advanced Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • SCG 711 Culture, Power and Education
  • SCG 745 Advanced Qualitative Research I
  • SCG 765 Advanced Qualitative Research II
  • SCG 794 Special Topics: Gender and Education
  • LSE 255 International Studies in Education (undergraduate)
  • LSE 460 International Studies in Education (graduate)
  • TCH 451, 452, 453, 454: Research Methods and Disciplinary Inquiry

Research Interests
Comparative and international education; gender and educational policy; immigration and educational experience; transnationalism and globalization: implications for education; qualitative research methodologies

Selected Publications​

  • Monkman, Karen, Ann Frkovich & Amira Proweller (eds.). ​2022. Navigating Education in Precarious Times: Reflection, Pedagogy, and Activism for Change. New York: Routledge.
  • Monkman, Karen & Ann Frkovich (eds.). 2022. Belonging in Changing Educational Spaces: Negotiating Global, Transnational, and Neoliberal Dynamics. New York: Routledge.
  • Monkman, Karen, Zaira Navarrete Cazales & Carlos Ornelas (eds.). 2021. Innovación e Inclusión en Educación: Políticas y Estrategias de Implementación [Innovation and Inclusion in Education: Implementation Policies and Strategies]. México: Sociedad Mexicana de Educación Comparada [SOMEC] & Plaza y Valdés Editores. 
  • Monkman, Karen. 2021.Gender Equity in Global Education Policy. In Chris Mayo (ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press.​ 
  • Anderson, Emily, Ayesha Khurshid, Karen Monkman & Payal Shah. 2020. Using Discourse and Ethnographic Methods in Gender-focused Comparative and International Education Research. In Alexander Wiseman (eds.), Annual Review of Comparative and International Education (ARCIE) 2019, vol. 39 (pp. 155-170). Bigley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
  • Monkman, Karen. 2018. Educating Girls: Complexities of Informing Meaningful Social Change. Studies in Social Justice, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 195-214.
  • Monkman, Karen & Sophia Neely. 2017 (July). Gender Discrimination and the Academic Profession. In Jung-Cheol Shin & Pedro Nuno Teixeira (eds.), Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. (In the Higher Education and its Communities section, G. Goastellec, section editor.) Dordrecht: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_293-1
  • Stromquist, Nelly P. & Karen Monkman (eds.). 2014 (February). Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation across Cultures, 2nd edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 
  • Monkman, Karen & Lisa Hoffman. 2013. Girls’ Education: The Power of Policy Discourse. Theory and Research in Education, vol. 11, no. 1 (March), pp. 63-84. DOI: 10.1177/1477878512468384.
  • Monkman, Karen, Rebecca Miles & Peter Easton. 2007. The Transformatory Potential of a Village Empowerment Program: The Tostan Replication in Mali. Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 30, no. 6 (November), pp. 451-464
  • Monkman, Karen, Margaret Ronald & Florence Délimon. 2005. Social and Cultural Capital in an Urban Latino School Community. Urban Education, vol. 40, no. 1 (January), pp. 4-33.