Zeena Zakharia is Assistant Professor of International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research examines the interplay of language, conflict, and peacebuilding in education and advances a critical approach to refugee studies in the Middle East. These interests stem from over two decades of educational research, teaching, and leadership in war-affected contexts. Her recent study (with F. Menashy and M. Shuayb) investigated partnership arrangements in the global educational response to the Syria refugee crisis. She is currently investigating how organizations and actors advance anticolonial and antiracist agendas in education in emergencies. She was a Tueni Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Middle Eastern Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. She works with international and governmental organizations and schools operating in conflict-affected contexts.
List of publications here and access to selected publications here.
Recent open access publications and resources:
Ordinary Solidarities: Re-Reading Refugee Education Response Through an Anticolonial Discursive Framework (2023)
White Ignorance in Global Education (2022)
Policy Networks in Refugee Education (2022)
Reconsidering Partnerships in Education in Emergencies (2022)
Crisis Upon Crisis: Refugee Education Responses Amid COVID-19 (2022)
Partnerships in Education in Emergencies (2022)
Private Engagement in Education in Emergencies: Rights and Regulations (2021)
The Emerging Role of Corporate Actors as Policymakers in Education in Emergencies: Evidence from the Syria Refugee Crisis (2020)
Partnerships in Education in Emergencies: Project website, related resources, and brief explainer video here.
EDHI 605 Comparative Education
EDHI788J Special Topics in Education Policy and Administration: Education in Conflict and Emergencies