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Amanda Taylor

Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service

  • Amanda Taylor’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of culture, power, and education. She is particularly interested in the role of race in shaping educational policy and practice as well as community organizing for school reform. Her work has been published by Oxford University Press, the Free Press, and in peer-reviewed journals including Urban Education and Equity & Excellence in Education. Before joining the faculty at SIS, Dr. Taylor taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Relay Graduate School of Education, and in public and international high schools. She served as the Director of Graduate Enrollment Management at SIS for six years and has consulted for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Mass Insight Education, and the Civil Rights Project (now at UCLA).
  • Degrees

    Doctorate of Education, Harvard University
    Master of Education, Harvard University
    Master of Teaching, University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia

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  • Fall 2015

    • SIS-628 Advanced Topics in Int'l Comm: Transnational Education
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Taylor, A., Kuttner, P., Westmoreland, H. (2011). Cement Between the Bricks: Building New Schools in New York City. In M. Warren and K. Mapp (eds.) A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform. Oxford University Press.

Frankenberg, E., Merseth, K. & Taylor, A. (May 2010). Walking the Walk: Teacher candidates' professed commitment to urban teaching and their subsequent career decisions. Urban Education, 45(3): 312-346.

Taylor, A., & Frankenberg, E. (July 2009). Exploring urban commitment of graduates from an urban-focused teacher education program. Equity & Excellence in Education, 42(3): 327-346.

Taylor, A. (2008). Teaching and Transcending Basic Skills. In M. Pollock (ed.) Everyday Antiracism: Getting real about race in school (pp. 86-90). New York: New Press.


Research Interests

International education, cross-cultural communication, community organizing for school reform, critical race theory, education policy implementation, intercultural leadership, qualitative research methods.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: International financial institutions, World Bank, European Investment Bank, international organizations, international environmental politics, international relations

Additional Information: Professor Gutner's
research focuses on the performance and effectiveness of international organizations, particularly international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. She is the author of Banking on the Environment: Multilateral Development Banks and Their Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (MIT Press, 2002), and is currently writing International Organizations in World Politics (CQ Press). Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as International Organization, Review of International Organizations and Global Environmental Politics.

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