Illana Lancaster

Illana Lancaster

Assistant Professor
School of Education, Teaching and Health

  • Illana Lancaster is an assistant professor in the International Training and Education Program (ITEP) in the School for Education, Teaching, and Health (SETH) at American University in Washington, DC where she teaches and researches. Dr. Lancaster is an Africanist and a critical qualitative researcher interested in issues of equity, access, and gender with a regional focus on southern Africa and a contextual focus on the urban. She employs the analytical lens of social-spatiality and intersectionality (race, class, and gender) in her research, and integrates theories, pedagogies, and methodologies from a variety of disciplines within the social sciences and humanities including urban studies, critical geography, critical race theory, and legal studies. Dr. Lancaster's teaching interests focus on cultivating global citizens to participate in the development of a more just and equitable world. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Lancaster works with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in partnership with the State Department’s African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) to train African peacekeepers in communication and negotiation skills. Dr. Lancaster holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, a M.Ed. from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Education Policy and Leadership, International Education Policy (2008) University of Maryland, College Park, M.Ed., Secondary Education, English and ESL (2000) George Washington University, Washington, DC, BA in English Language & Literature and African and African American Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

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  • Summer 2014

  • Fall 2014

    • EDU-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Education for Int'l Devel
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    • EDU-596 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Internal/Comp Urban Education
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