Fatima T. Zahra (Editor-in-Chief)

Fatima Zahra is an instructor of research methodologies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on the causes and effects of inequalities in education, health, sustainability and economic development. Her specialization is in education and public policy, with expertise in impact evaluation, systems thinking, and policy analysis. Fatima has consulted various international organizations and local non-profits in the USA, France, El Salvador, Uganda, and Bangladesh on education and life skills development. She has taught courses on education policy, human development,  information and communication technologies for development, and research methods at Penn GSE and BRAC University. Fatima holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development and previously earned an M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development, and an MA in Applied Linguistics.

Sharon M. Ravitch (Faculty Advisor)

Dr. Sharon M. Ravitch is a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she is a Founding Co-Director of Penn’s Inter-American Educational Leadership Network and serves as the Principal Investigator of two multi-year applied development research initiatives, one in Nicaragua and one in India. She is Research Co-Director at the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives. Her research integrates across the fields of qualitative research, education, applied development, cultural anthropology, and human development and has four main strands: (1) Practitioner Research as a means to engendering sustainable professional and institutional development and innovation; (2) International applied development research that works from participatory and action research approaches (projects currently in the U.S., Nicaragua, and India); (3) Ethnographic and participatory evaluation research; and (4) Leader education and professional development.