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James Howard Williams Faculty Member

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James H. Williams, Ed.D., is Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development and Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University. . Dr. Williams received his doctorate from Harvard University in international educational planning, administration, and policy. He has done extensive educational development work in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He worked at USAID in the Africa Bureau for two years, has taught in Japan for a number of years, has served as Director of GW’s International Education Program, and has a secondary appointment in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He currently directs GSEHD's PhD program. He teaches classes in education and development. His research interests include education and conflict; education for marginalized and conflict-affected populations; decentralization and administrative reform; education and health, equity, and achievement in large cross-national data sets;, and the internationalization of higher education. His recent research includes work in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia as well as Japan, and, several years ago, the Philippines and Bangladesh, as well as a series of edited books on the role of school textbooks internationally in nation-building, national identity, and conflict. New work focuses on: 1) regional dimensions of higher education in Southeast Asia, as well as 2) ways to incorporate the attitudes, behavior and content of Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 into the curriculum and teaching of schools and the learning of students in conflict-affected and low-resource contexts.

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