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The Team

Janna Goebel- Editor and Contributor

Janna Goebel is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Evaluation doctoral program in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Janna earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Multicultural Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has 5 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language and English for Academic Purposes. Janna has worked with students from more than 30 countries and all levels of English proficiency. Her research interests include education for sustainability, comparative and international education, and student mobility. She currently works with the Mastercard Foundation as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education.

Iveta Silova- CASGE Director, Professor, and Contributor

Iveta Silova holds a Ph.D. in comparative education and political sociology from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University, USA. Before joining academia, Iveta has worked as an education researcher and adviser for various international organizations and spent seven years living and working in Central Asia (Kazakhstan), the Caucasus (Azerbaijan), and Belarus. Iveta’s research focuses on the study of globalization, post-socialist transformations, and policy ‘borrowing’ in education. More recently, she has been exploring the intersections of post-socialist, post-colonial, and decolonial perspectives in envisioning global futures (and education) beyond Western modernity.  She is a co-editor (with Noah W. Sobe) of a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal entitled, European Education: Issues and Studies (published by Taylor & Frances).


Gustavo E. Fischman- Professor and Contributor

Gustavo E. Fischman is Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in social sciences and comparative education at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997.  His areas of specialization are Comparative Education, Higher Education Policy Studies, and Gender Studies in Education. His doctoral dissertation won the 1998 Gail P. Kelly Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award of the Comparative and International Education Society. In 2005 he was selected as Research Fellow for the annual Program of Research of the Institute of Advanced Studies Lancaster University. In 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Mundus for Masters (Erasmus Mundus Program, European Union) and in 2009 he obtained a New Century Scholar Award from the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He actively collaborates on projects in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Mexico. His books include “Imagining Teachers: Rethinking Teacher Education and Gender” and “Education, Crisis and Hope: Tension and Change in Latin-America” and numerous articles on education policies, higher education, and gender issues in education. He is the lead editor of Educational Policy Analysis Archives and co-editor of Education Review/Reseñas Educativas. Gustavo Fischman is currently leading two research projects. The first project aims at improving the mobilization and transfer of research based knowledge from academic centers to communities of stakeholders such as other scholars, educators, administrators, policymakers, and the general public. The second project focuses on understanding and strengthening the quality, impact and reach of open access scholarly communications.


Ann Nielsen- CASGE Associate Director and Contributor

Ann Nielsen’s interests in education and research have focused upon teacher professionalism, teacher leadership, and school leadership. Ann has been in education since 1996, dedicating her work to teachers and administrators that work with at-risk student populations. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to teacher effectiveness, school leadership effectiveness, teacher professionalism and teacher identity. Ann recently served in the role as the Arizona TAP Director in the Arizona Ready for Rigor Grant where she supported grant initiatives in 59 schools across Arizona. Ann has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her graduate degrees from Arizona State University holding a master’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in educational leadership and supervision.