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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education



Elizabeth Buckner
Assistant Professor

email: elizabeth.buckner@utoronto.ca  
website: http://www.elizabethbuckner.com/
website: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elizabeth_Buckner2

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education



Research Overview

My research investigates how globalization and neoliberalism affect higher education and the states ability to develop the capacities of its citizens more broadly. I have conducted wide ranging policy-relevant research, primarily set in lower and middle-income nations, to study how globalization, neoliberalism, and large-scale displacement impacts education as core sector of human development.

My primary interest has been the privatization of higher education: I have investigated the role that global development community has played in making private higher education both an acceptable and, at times preferable, policy even in nations that once outlawed private universities.

Other recent research projects have included: policies governing urban refugee education with a focus on Lebanon (US State Department), teacher professional development policies in OECD nations (OECD-funded), the link between educational inequality and violent conflict outbreak over the past four decades (UNICEF-funded), the effect of private higher education on access to higher education in Egypt, cross-national analyses of how globalization is portrayed in textbooks over time, applied research on mobile devices as educational tools in Palestine and Tanzania, and youth attitudes to private higher education in Syria.



Academic History

PhD., Stanford University, Graduate School of Education.
M.A., Stanford University, Sociology.
B.A., Swarthmore College. Sociology/Education, with Highest Honors.

Teaching Overview

Fall 2017: Introduction to Comparative, International and Development Education (CIE 1001)

Representative Publications

Buckner, Elizabeth. (Forthcoming). “The Changing Discourse on Higher Education and the Nation-State, 1960-2010.” Higher Education. (DOI: 10.1007/s10734-016-0056-2)

Buckner, Elizabeth. (Forthcoming). “The Growth of Private Higher Education in North Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Morocco and Tunisia.” Studies in Higher Education.

Hatch, R. Elizabeth Buckner and Carina Omoeva. 2017. “The Limits of Redistributive School Finance Policy in South Africa.” Journal of Education in Emergencies 1(3): 79-105.

Buckner, Elizabeth and Rebecca Hodges. 2016. “Cheating or cheated? Surviving secondary exit exams in a neoliberal era.” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 46(4): 603-623.

Jackson, Michelle and Elizabeth Buckner. 2016. “Opportunity without Equity: Educational Inequality and Constitutional Protections in Egypt.” Sociological Science 3: 730-756.

Buckner, Elizabeth and Lina Khatib. 2014. “The Martyrs’ Revolution: The Role of Martyrs in the Arab Spring.” The British Journal of Middle East Studies 41(4): 368-384.

Buckner, Elizabeth. 2013. “Access to Higher Education in Egypt: Examining Trends by University Sector.” Comparative Education Review. 57(3): 527-552.

Buckner, Elizabeth. 2013. “The Seeds of Discontent: Examining Youth Perceptions of Higher Education in Syria.” Comparative Education. 49(4): 440-463.

Buckner, Elizabeth and Garnett Russell. 2013. “Portraying the Global: Cross-National Depictions of Globalization and Global Citizenship, 1970-2007.” International Studies Quarterly. 57(4): 738-750.

Honours and Awards

2013 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.
2012 Boren Fellowship.
2012 CAORC Multi-Country Fellowship.
2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant. Sociology.

Other Information

Office: OISE 6-226