Dr. Laura Engel is an Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she directs the GW Global Education Lab and the International Education Program. She is co-Chair of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. Her cross-disciplinary and international research on globalization, citizenship, and education policy has appeared in 3 books and over 50 publications, including in journals such as Educational Policy, Educational Researcher, Compare, Comparative Education Review, and the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her latest book is The Machinery of School Internationalization in Action: Beyond the Established Boundaries (Routledge, 2020).
In 2020-2021, Laura launched the GW Global Education Lab to focus on research and projects related to global education policy reform, including the internationalization of schools. The Lab has won funding from the Aspen Institute's Stevens Initiative, Fund for Education Abroad, and the Nature Conservancy. Involving graduate students from across GSEHD and GW, the Lab focuses on the ways in which global trends in education affect national and sub-national systems, inequalities in global learning, and the experiences that students and educators have as a result of programs and initiatives born out of the "global turn" in education.
Laura is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, a 2020 Finalist for the Trailblazer in Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award, and is a Fulbright Specialist (2019-2024). Additionally, Dr. Engel serves on the Board of Directors of the NEA Foundation, on editorial boards of journals, including Journal of Education Policy, Compare, Discourse, and British Journal of Sociology of Education, and is joint editor of the journal, International Studies in Sociology of Education. Dr. Engel earned her PhD in education policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.