Director, Social Studies Education Programs
LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION
Gender Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; International Education; Ethnography; Educational Policy; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education
Dr. Sarah A. Robert is an education policy researcher and international expert who studies how policy is enacted in schools. Dr. Robert is specifically concerned with the relationship between policy and gender and its intersectional qualities, engaging in long-term ethnographic studies to understand how and why policies work from the perspectives of the persons carrying them out each day in schools. Dr. Robert applies an interdisciplinary feminist critical framework to three areas of study: teachers’ work (secondary teachers); curriculum (social studies textbooks); and school food and gardens. Dr. Robert conducts comparative research across diverse national and international contexts, with a focus on the United States and Latin America’s Southern Cone.