Visiting Scholar Profiles

Visiting Scholar Profiles

Associate Professor, Tohoku University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis

Professor Aoki focuses on the relationship between politicians and education policy. Using survey data on reform, Professor Aoki explores the mechanism of the politics of education and politicians.

Nationality: Japan

Research Interests: Education and politics, Mayoral control, Japan, Superintendent, Takeover


Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Arts and Humanities

Dr. DeLazzero's research focuses on writing in response to violence and trauma. In collaboration with universities in Colombia and South Africa, she is conducting research on how school communities can use writing and research to address trauma and promote human rights; and participate in local and international networks that support students in writing as a process of transformation toward truth, reconciliation, peace, and justice.

Nationality: United States of America

Research Interests: Writing to address trauma, violence, and conflict, and advocate for human rights; student writing and research; writing pedagogy and assessment; multimodal writing and digital portfolios; teacher education; educational opportunity and access; diversity and universal design for inclusion

Senior Lecturer Pedagogy, Malmo University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Dr.  Widén's research focuses on the emerging PISA as a global phenomenon of International Large Scale Assessment and how this effects  Swedish (and in turn other Nations like US and Argentina) school  politics and change the way Swedish school and it's youth appear as  troublesome and deviant youth in close relation to the PISA test results.

Nationality: Sweden

Research Interests: History of education, Youth History, Comparative Education, School, Foucauldian studies

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies

Dr. Li’s research focuses on educators’ perceptions of the campus soccer reform in China and the A-F ratings accountability system in the U.S.A. For both projects, Dr. Li will utilize the survey method to investigate how practitioners and/or education leaders perceive the policies over time.

Nationality: China

Research Interests: Education Policy Studies with a Focus on Accountability, School Choice, Access and Equity, and Education Reform; Geographic Regions: U.S. and China/Asia; RQ-Driven Methods: Quant,Qual, Mixed Methods, and Survey Research.   


Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies

Dr. Les Joynes is a professor and scholar of visual cultures transcultural collaboration exploring models for cultural institutions that foster transcultural collaboration. With training in education, creativity and management he is a Leadership Coach at Columbia Business School and University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Nationality: United States

Research Interests: intercultural collaboration in the arts; curriculum design, New models for Museums of the future, leadership and academic coaching within universities and museums.

Professor, Keio University

Professor Fujimoto currently teaches at Keio University in Japan. As an action researcher, Professor Fujimoto is involved in lesson study meetings at junior high schools and elementary schools across Japan.

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