Feb. 14-15: Online Days
Feb. 18-22: On-site Days in Washington DC

Planning Committee

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is a dynamic group of experts in planning academic and other professional conferences with their steering expertise and confidence. They offer generous and routine input and recommendations on all aspects of CIES 2023.  The Conference Committee relies on their wisdom and initiatives to bring to you the next biggest yearly gathering of the global CIES community.

Meet the committee:

Jun Li, Chair of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Jun Li serves as Chair of the Academic and Research Cluster of Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies, and a Senator of Western University, Canada. He started his academic career in Shanghai in the early 1990s and served as Deputy Director of the Education Policy Unit at the University of Hong Kong before he moved back to Canada in 2017. With two PhDs – one in Educational History (ECNU, 1992) and another in International Education Policy (UMCP, 2006), he has rich leadership and other professional experiences accumulated in a global context (Shanghai, Tokyo, Maryland, Toronto, Hong Kong, etc.). Having led as Chairman for the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (2014-17) and President for the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (2012-14). He has been a senior CIES member since 2002, and is excited to serve the CIES community by leading the organizing work for CIES 2023. He is looking forward to meeting you in Washington, D.C. in person or online through the Online Meeting Hub at our next yearly gathering!

Supriya Baily, Advisor of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Supriya Baily is currently CIES President, Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Center for International Education at George Mason University. She has been a long-time CIES member, serving as CIES Treasurer (2015-2018) and as the Co-Chair of the Gender and Education Standing Committee (2012-2015). Her research interests focus on gender and education, social justice and teacher education, and the rise of nationalism and its impact on gender and schooling. Prior to joining academia, Supriya worked in a number of Washington, DC-based non-profits, primarily raising funds and organizing special events. Her most memorable event was held at the United Nations to honor renowned journalist Walter Cronkite with special guests, actor Michael Douglas and the wife of then-UN Secretary General, Nane Annan. She is very excited about planning CIES 2023 and looks forward to organizing an intellectual, creative and welcoming event for CIES members.

Aaron Benavot, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Aaron Benavot is Professor of Global Education Policy at the University at Albany-SUNY with interests in comparative education research and international education policies. For 8 years Aaron worked at UNESCO, first as Senior Analyst and then Director of the GEM Report, an independent, evidence-based report analyzing progress towards international education targets. In 2018-2019 he served as a Fulbright Specialist in Vietnam and then a High-Level Expert at ECNU in Shanghai teaching courses on lifelong learning. Aaron currently contributes to three projects: a 6 year study on monitoring and evaluating climate communication and education (mecce.ca); a feasibility study of global citizenship competence by APCIEU in South Korea; and NISSEM, a community of academics and practitioners who explore how global and humanistic themes and socioemotional learning can be included in textbooks and educational materials.

Martial Dembélé, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Martial Dembélé is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the Université de Montréal, which he joined in 2005 after co-directing for four years the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Interuniversity Center for International Development in Education at the Université du Québec à Montreal. With a focus on developing countries, his primary areas of interest are school improvement and the teaching profession. He has published widely in these areas. Martial has been a member of CIES since 1990. He considers meeting Professor Jack Schwille at the conference in Anaheim, CA that year, a turning point in his educational and professional careers. His leadership roles in CIES include Chair of the Africa SIG (2008-2010) and Board member at large since 2020.

Laura Engel, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Laura Engel is Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she works in the fields of comparative and international education and policy sociology in education. Her interests focus on global education policy trends in federal systems, including national and cross-national studies of internationalization and global citizenship education. She co-edits International Studies in Sociology of Education and the CIES Book Series, Education in Global Perspective (SUNY Press). Her most recent research has been published in journals, including Educational ResearcherComparative Education ReviewCompare, and the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her latest book is The Machinery of School Internationalization in Action (Routledge, 2020).

Esther E. Gottlieb, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Esther E. Gottlieb is a Faculty Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. As a PhD student in the International Development Education Program at Pitt, she contributed “discourse analysis” to the CIES conference program subject index for the first time. The 2023 conference index will include “gender justice” for the first time, thanks to CIES Gender and Education Committee activists who have established a new Gender Justice SIG. Besides being active in establishing and leading program planning of two other SIGs, she served three years as CIES Historian and continue to mentor new scholars. At the Ohio State University, Dr. Gottlieb directed Clusters of Interdisciplinary Research on International Themes and co-directed a collaboration among Ohio educators to internationalize across the curriculum. She is also involved in research on minority education in majority schooling and evaluating students’ global competencies.

Radhika Iyengar, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Radhika Iyengar is a research scholar and the Director of Education at the Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia university. She leads the Education for Sustainable Development initiatives and international education development as a practitioner, researcher, teacher and manager. Her current research includes testing for high fluoride in water sources in Central India. She recently won the prestigious Earth Frontiers grant at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Her recent publication investigates community-based environmental factors that foster environmental education. Dr. Iyengar received the prestigious Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2020. She was the Chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Special Interest Group (2020-22) and is a current Board Member for CIES.

Elizabeth M. King, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Elizabeth M. King is Non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Effectiveness, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She serves on the boards of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Room to Read, and Education Commission-Asia; is technical adviser to Echidna Giving and the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab, and a judge of the Yidan Prize Foundation. She was the World Bank’s global director for policy and strategic issues in education and acting vice-president for human development sectors. She has published on human capital, labor markets, and gender. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

Jing Lin, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Jing Lin is Harold R. W. Benjamin Professor of International Education in the program of International Education Policy at University of Maryland, College Park. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan. She has done extensive research on comparative and international education focusing on China, East Asia and Africa. She has published many books and articles focusing on peace education and environmental education, spirituality, religion and education, and contemplative inquiry and holistic education. Some of the publications (as single author, co-author or co-editor) are: The Red Guard’s Path to Violence (1991); Love, Peace and Wisdom in Education (2006); Educators as Peace Makers: Transforming Education for Global Peace (2008); Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education (2010); Transformative Eco-Education for Human and Planetary Survival (2012); Toward a Spiritual Research Paradigm (2016); Contemplative Pedagogies for Transformative Teaching, Learning, and Being (2019); and Daoist Cultivating of Qi and Virtue for Life, Wisdom and Learning (2020).

Caroline (Carly) Manion, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Caroline (Carly) Manion is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Comparative, International and Development Education (CIDE) collaborative specialization and research center (CIDEC) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Her research, teaching and advocacy are rooted in the principles of equality and social justice, with specific areas of work including gender (with an intersectional lens), international education policies and governance, and teachers and teacher development. Carly has been an active member and leader in CIES, including service as the Gender and Education Standing Committee (GEC) Co-Chair and was the Academic Program Coordinator for three annual meetings (2014; 2016; 2020). In April 2021, Carly began a three-year term as CIES Historian.

Peter Moyi, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Peter Moyi is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies at the College of Education, University of South Carolina.  The overarching aim of his research is to use sociological theory to understand school leadership practice and its impact on educational enrollment and attainment. He is especially interested in how past and current local, national, and international contexts influence school leadership practice. Fundamentally, he seeks to understand how structure and agency influence leadership practice in the United States and countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Axel Rivas, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Axel Rivas is Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Andrés, where he is also a professor and researcher. He is Academic Director of the Center for Applied Research in Education San Andrés (CIAESA), Senior Advisor to the Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO) and President of the National Council for the Quality of Education in Argentina. He is the author of fifteen books on educational policy issues. The most recent is Examining Educational Policy in Latin America: Comprehensive Insights into Contemporary Reform (Routledge, 2022). He is also an editor of the journal Education Policy Analysis Archives, and serves as Chair of new SIG Educational Improvement of CIES.

Augusto Riveros-Barrera, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Augusto Riveros-Barrera is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Western University in Canada. His research interests include educational policy analysis, educational administration, and the application of spatial methods to the study of educational opportunity. His recent work examines the relations between urban change and schooling supply, the socio-economic factors associated to school overcrowding, and the consequences of the housing crisis for the educational opportunity of racialized, immigrant, and low-income communities in urban centres. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Elizabeth Anderson Worden, Member of the CIES 2023 Planning Committee

Elizabeth Anderson Worden an associate professor of education at American University in Washington, DC. She is a comparative and international education scholar who examines how governments foster identities and belonging through education during social and political transition. Her current project focuses on teaching citizenship and education reform in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Dr. Worden’s book National Identity and Education Reform: Contested Classrooms (Routledge 2014) examines these issues in the context of Post-Soviet Moldova. Her work has appeared in Comparative Education, Journal of European Education, Globalisation, Societies, and Education, and Comparative Education Review. Her work has been funded by organizations such as the US-UK Fulbright Commission, IREX, and Ulster University. Dr. Worden holds a doctorate in international education from New York University.