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Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, Joint MPA/International Education Management

Anne Campbell
Casa Fuente Building CF300A
(831) 647-6502

Anne Campbell’s work is situated at the crossroads of international education and international development. The inspiration for this pathway came from her Master’s studies in critical theory and cultural studies at the University of Nottingham (UK). Despite a delayed start to her courses due to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Campbell—and her perspective on the world—changed dramatically thanks to the courses she took, the authors she read, and the friends she made. When she returned to the United States in 2002, she committed her career to advancing opportunities for students to pursue international higher education. 
Before coming to MIIS, Campbell has previously worked and consulted with multiple organizations in areas of international development, international student exchange, humanitarian aid, and education development research. For seven years she managed undergraduate scholarships at the Open Society Foundations in New York, where she spearheaded programs to translate student learning into community development. Campbell also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders in Haiti following the 2011 earthquake, as a team leader for a large-scale evaluation on youth vocational learning in Tanzania, and has worked in youth policy for the State of Iowa and as a White House intern.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

The course aims to introduce students to perspectives and debates relevant to understanding the relationship between education and development (economic, political, social, etc.) and the politics of education development, with a focus on less developed countries. Students will examine international education initiatives (e.g., the Sustainable Development Goals, the Education for All goals, Poverty Reduction Strategies) and the work of multilateral (e.g., UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank), bilateral (e.g., USAID, DFID) and international non-governmental organizations (e.g., Save the Children, Plan International, others), including debates on aid modalities in education development.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS, Fall 2018 - MIIS

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This course examines the role of global and national policies in shaping education. Course topics include among others, the role international organizations play in the global governance of education. National polices of education are examined in the contexts of policy convergence, policy borrowing and lending. Trends in national policies related to education are also explored such as education as a form of soft power, education as a form of trade, and aid for education. The need to balance national policies with international demands and trends are explored.

Fall 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2018 - MIIS

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While undertaking an approved professional practicum in the International Education Management field, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for equivalent on-campus coursework. Students will demonstrate their application of theory to practice through completion of multiple deliverables.

Fall 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2018 - MIIS

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Credit: course can be taken for no credit or for 4 units on a Pass/Fail basis. A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all assignments.

Instructor of record: Dr. Beryl Levinger

The program will focus on use and mastery of tools and frameworks that represent “embedded theory.” Tool mastery will prepare participants to foster sustainable development. The tools to be featured in the program are widely used by bilateral and multinational organizations including USAID, the World Bank, and UNDP.
Note: While there may be some content overlap with current DPMI offerings, the examples and projects will all be Rwanda-specific and focused on HIV/AIDS, education or gender.

Students who enroll will be eligible to participate in DPMI8650A (DPMI+). Students who have already completed DPMI 8698 A and/or 8698 B are also eligible to enroll. For students who have previously participated in a DPMI session, this program will allow them to hone their skills further with more elaborate assignments.

Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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This course offers an introduction to the breadth of educational systems and structures around the world, and the cultural, historical, philosophical, and economic forces that shape these systems. Additional topics to be studied include the effects of globalization on education systems; the role of international organizations and NGOs in the provision of formal and non-formal education; and issues of diversity, access, and inclusion as they manifest internationally.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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International Scholarship Program Management

At the crossroads of higher education and international development, scholarship programs provide opportunities for outstanding students not readily available at home. An increasing number of these programs expect that students return home to improve their countries. In this course - through class exercises, discussions, and course readings - students will be able to identify various program structures, critique existing models, and learn the nuts and bolts of administering scholarships.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Areas of Interest

In her research and teaching, Anne Campbell examines and explores the relationship between education and international development. She encourages students to critique the status quo of international education and aid, directing their focus to the experiences of students, teachers, and community members in these systems. Campbell’s research explores the relationship between 1) higher education and 2) socioeconomic development and social change. She is particularly interested in international scholarship programs and how their graduates contribute to the development of their home country. Her research focuses on countries in the former Soviet Union and West Africa, as well as international higher education policies and programs related to the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (Comparative and International Development Education track), University of Minnesota
  • MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • BS in History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Iowa State University

Professor Campbell has been teaching at the Institute since 2016.


Campbell, A. C., & Mawer, M. (2018). Clarifying mixed messages: International scholarship programmes in the sustainable development agenda. Higher Education Policy. Online First.
Campbell, A. C. (2018). Influencing pathways to social change: Scholarship program conditionality and individual agency. In J. Dassin, R. Marsh, & M. Mawer (Eds.), International scholarships for higher education: Pathways to social change (pp. 165-186). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Baxter, A. R., Campbell, A. C., & Martel, M. (2017, July 29). The Scholarship Program Research Network—a new international community for studying and evaluating scholarship programs. The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Available at https://www.acu.ac.uk/about-us/blog/scholarship-program-research-network

Campbell, A. C. (2017). How international scholarship recipients perceive their contributions to the development of their home countries: Findings from a comparative study of Georgia and Moldova. International Journal of Educational Development, 55, 56-62.

Campbell, A. (2016). International scholarship graduates influencing social and economic development at home: The role of alumni networks in Georgia and Moldova. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 19(1), 76-91. Available at http://www.tc.columbia.edu/cice/current-issue/07_Campbell.pdf

Campbell, A. & Gorgozde, S. (2016). Internationalization in Higher Education in the Republic of Georgia: Influences of Accreditation and Student Mobility. Hungarian Educational Research Journal, 6(1), 22-37. Available at http://herj.lib.unideb.hu/megjelent/index/56

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