Jill Koyama

Drawing on my educational training in both anthropology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, I focus my research lens on the intersections of social inequities and educational policy.  My work is situated across three integrated strands of inquiry: the productive social assemblage of policy; the controversies of globalizing educational policy; and the politics of language policy and immigrant and refugee education. For the past eight years, my research has centered on how, even under dire circumstances and inhospitable politics, refugee, asylum seekers, and other newcomers access and create resource-rich networks, make space for themselves and their families, and take civic action in the United States. Such research has led me to challenge notions of global citizenship and interrogate traditional pathways of civic engagement and education. My book, Making Failure Pay: High-Stakes Testing, For-Profit Tutoring, and Public Schools, was published in 2010 by The University of Chicago Press. In 2014, US Education in a World of Migration: Implications for Policy and Practice, a volume co-edited with Mathangi Subramanian, was published by Routledge Press. My work also appears in several journals, including American Journal of Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Researcher, Journal of Education Policy, and Urban Review.

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