Elizabeth A. Worden
School of Education, Teaching and Health
Elizabeth Anderson Worden joined American University as an assistant professor in the fall of 2007. She earned a BA in history from the University of the South (Sewanee, TN). Before earning her MA and PhD in international education from New York University (NY), she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. Dr. Worden's primary research examines the intersection of national identity, social memory, and education. She has published widely on the subject, including a recent book National Identity and Educational Reform: Contested Classrooms (Routledge 2014). Her other research interests include civic and history education, democracy and education, and international exchange. Some of courses she teaches at AU include Comparative and International Education, International Education Exchange: Policies and Practices, and Education for International Development.
For the fall of 2014, Dr. Worden received a UK Fulbright Award and will spend five months in Northern Ireland beginning a new research project on teachers' lives, social memory, and citizenship education.
DegreesPhD, International Education, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education
MA, International Education, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education
BA, History, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
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Partnerships & Affiliations
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
History teaching in transitional states, citizenship education, nationalism and national identity, education in the former Soviet Union, and international exchange.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- 2008 Faculty International Travel Award, American University
- 2008 Faculty Creative Activity and Research Support, American University
- 2007/08 Title VIII Individual Advanced Research Opportunity (IARO), International Research and Exchange Board (IREX)
- 2005 Doctoral Candidate Travel Award, Steinhardt School of Education, NYU
- 2004 Student Scholarship for Language Study, Ministry of Education, Romania
- 2003 Dean’s Grant for Individual Research, Steinhardt School of Education, NYU
- 2008 (accepted for presentation) “Mock Reform”: The Role of International Actors in Moldovan Education Reform and Implications for Other Transitional States,” American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA
- 2008 “Contested History, National Identities, and Shifting Borders in the Moldovan Classroom,” Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE), XXIII Conference, Athens, Greece.
- 2008 “Soviet Legacies and Education Reform in the Republic of Moldova,” Bulgarian Comparative Education Society 6th Annual Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria.
- 2007 “Disconnection and Schism: The Competing National Identities of Moldovan Politicians, Historians, and School Teachers,” Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), 12th Annual World Convention, Columbia University, New York, NY.
- 2006 “Globalization and Area Studies: Challenges for Middle East Studies,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
- 2006 “Creating and Resisting the New European Citizen: The Council of Europe’s role in Moldovan Education,” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) National Convention, Washington, D.C.
- 2005 “Whose Nation? Democratic Citizenship and History Education in the Republic of Moldova?”, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) National Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.
- 2005 “Making Patriots or Citizens? History Education and Challenges to Education for Democratic Citizenship in the Republic of Moldova,” Center for Russian and East European Studies and Center for International Studies Workshop: Memory, History, and Identity in Bessarabia and Beyond, University of Pittsburgh, PA (refereed).
- 2005 “Backward, Forward or Both? Moldovan Teachers’ Relationship to the Nation and State,” Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Workshop: Emerging Citizenship and Contested Identities between the Dniester, Prut and Danube Rivers, Halle, Germany.
- Anderson, E.A. (2008) “Making Patriots or Democratic Citizens? History Education and the Challenges to Education for Citizenship in the Republic of Moldova,” pp. 165-176 in Monica Heintz (ed.), Uncertain Citizenship: The Republic of Moldova, Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Press.
- Anderson, Elizabeth A. (2007). “‘They are the Priests’: The Role of the Moldovan Historian and its Implications for Civic Education.” Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp. 277-290.
- Anderson, E. A. (2005). “Backward, Forward, or Both? Moldovan Teachers’ Relationship to the State and the Nation.” Journal of European Education, Volume 37, Number 3 (Fall 2005), pp. 53-67.
- Anderson, E.A. (2006). “Formarea patriotilor sau cetatenilor. Predarea istoriei si provocarile sistemului educational pentru cetatenie in Republica Moldova,” pp. 215-230 in Monica Heintz (ed.), Stat slab, Cetatenie Incerta: Republica Moldova. Bucharest: Curtea Veche.
- Anderson, E. A. (2005). “Don’t Falsify Our History! Moldovan Teacher and Student Reactions to State Proposed History Courses,” pp. 341-357 in W. Burszta, T. Kamusella, and S. Wojciechowski, S., (eds.), Nationalisms Across the Globe: An Overview of Nationalisms in State-Endowed and Stateless Nations, Volume One: Europe. Poznan, Poland: Polish Academy of Sciences.
- Anderson, E.A. and Cynthia Miller-Idriss. (forthcoming 2009) “Globalization and Area Studies: Challenges for Middle East Studies,” book chapter in Seteney Shami (ed.), Producing Knowledge on World Regions: Middle Eastern Studies in Critical Perspective. New York: Social Science Research Council.
- Anderson, E.A. and Jeremy Browne. (forthcoming 2009). “Trends in Arabic Language Learning on U.S. Campuses,” book chapter in Seteney Shami (ed.), Producing Knowledge on World Regions: Middle Eastern Studies in Critical Perspective. New York: Social Science Research Council.
- Anderson, E.A. (2005). “An Evaluation of Title VI Funded Middle East Studies Centers - Fieldwork Report.” Available online through the Social Science Research Council.
Radio talk show guest, “History Magazine,” Vocea Basarabiei Radio, Chisinau Moldova, July 26, 2008. Presented initial findings from current field research and answered questions about my previous work and publications. The show was live and entirely in Romanian.