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Decolonial Theories in Comparative Education

Global Education Colloquium

November 17, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Regina Cortina, PhD
Teacher's College, Columbia University 

In this presentation, Dr. Regina Cortina will offer reflections building on her recent publication that applies decolonial theory to the field of Comparative Education. She will also highlight new strategies for teaching and learning and will use practical examples to show how new knowledge can be generated from the perspective of the Global South. Her hope is to engage in a fruitful dialogue with all participants in the Colloquium.

Dr. Regina Cortina is Professor of Education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her Presidential Address, “’The Passion for What is Possible’ in Comparative and International Education,” was published in the Comparative Education Review in November 2019. Professor Cortina’s teaching and publications are advancing the field by focusing on Decolonial Theories in Comparative Education. Most recently, two of her articles were published in 2019 and 2020 in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. Professor Cortina’s book published in 2017, Indigenous Education Policy, Equity, and Intercultural Understanding in Latin America, is a comparative study of policies designed to increase the educational opportunities of Indigenous students, protect their rights to an education inclusive of their cultures and languages, and improve their education outcomes. Her earlier book, The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America (2014), examines unprecedented changes in education across Latin America that resulted from the endorsement of Indigenous people’s rights through the development of bilingual intercultural education. Professor Cortina’s other areas of expertise are gender and education, the education and employment of teachers, public policy and education, and the schooling of Latinx students in the United States. Among her other major publications are Women and Teaching: Global Perspectives on the Feminization of a Profession (Palgrave, 2006), Immigrants and Schooling: Mexicans in New York (Center for Migration Studies, 2003), and Distant Alliances: Promoting Education for Girls and Women in Latin America (Routledge, 2000). She has a Ph.D. in Education, a master’s degree in International and Comparative Education, and a master’s degree in Political Science, all from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Professor Cortina was President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in 2018-2019.