Robert Arnove

Arnove, Robert

Short Biography & Significant Contribution

Over the past three decades, Robert F. Arnove has been one of the leading scholars in the field of comparative and international education. Since joining Indiana University in 1969, he has served as the director of graduate programs in Foundations of Education, International and Comparative Education, and Education Policy Studies. He is a past President of the North American Comparative and International Education Society (2000-2001), and an Honorary Fellow of the society for lifelong contributions to scholarship in this field of study. He has been a representative from CIES to the World Council of Comparative Education Society, and the first chair of its Special Projects Committee. He has served on the editorial boards of the Comparative Education Review and Compaer, and the publication series of the Comparative Education Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Arnove is an expert in the fields of comparative and international education and the sociology of education. He has made major contributions to research on national education systems from a world-systems perspective, to the critical analysis of the role major philanthropic foundations play in agenda setting in education and social science research, to the historical and comparative study of national literacy campaigns, to the conceptualization of nonformal and popular education as well as alternative schools, and to the study of political and educational change in Latin America, in general, and Nicaragua, in particular.

Professor Arnove has been a visiting scholar and professor at Stanford University, McGill University, the University of Iowa, Hangzhou University (China), the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Madrid (La Complutense), the University of Salamanca, the Federal University of Bahia (on a Fulbright Lectureship), the University of Palermo (Buenos Aires, as UNESCO Chair of Higher Education), the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic (as a senior Fulbright scholar). He has received numerous teaching and service awards from Indiana University, including the Amoco Distinguished Teaching Award (1982), the FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching) Award (1991), the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies (1995), and the University Graduate School Distinguished Teaching Mentoring Award (1998). He was named a Chancellors' Professor in 2001.

Educational Background

B.A. in English Literature (minor: Political Science), University of Michigan (1959)

University of London: One year graduate work in international politics and law at University College as a participant in the Student Leadership Exchange Program between the University of Michigan and the University of London, 1959-60.

M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1961)

Ph.D., International Development Education, Stanford University (1969)
- Principal work in the fields of sociology of education and political socialization; dissertation defended with honors

Professional Background

University of Oriente, Venezuela Peace Corps Volunteer (1962-64)

Peace Corps Training Program for Rural Community Development in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Staff Member Yale University (Summer 1964)

Latin American Education, University of New Mexico-Ford Foundation, Intern (1965-66)

Bogota Office of the Ford Foundation, education advisor on contract from Indiana University (1969-1971)

Indiana University-Bloomington, Assistant, Associate, Full, and Chancellor's Professor of Education (1971 and "retirement" in 2001)

Affiliations (associations, organizations, institutions)

American Educational Research Association

Comparative and International Education Society

International Studies Association

Latin American Studies Associations

Phi Delta Kappa

Selected Publications


Student Alienation: A Venezuelan Study (New York: Praeger, 1971).

Editor, Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism: The Foundations at Home and Abroad (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1980; Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982 [paperback]).

Co-Editor, Comparative Education(New York: MacMillan, 1982).

Co-Editor, National Literacy Campaigns: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (New York: Plenum Publishers, 1987, reprinted by Transactions Publisher in 2008 with a new introduction).

Co-Editor, Emergent Issues in Education: Comparative Perspectives(State University of New York Press, 1992).

Education as Contested Terrain: The Case of Nicaragua, 1979-1993(Westview, 1994); published in Spanish as Educaci6n como, Terreno de Conflicto: Nicaragua, 1979-1993 (Managua: Editorial de la Universidad Centroamericana, 1995).

Co-Editor, Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local (Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999, 2003 2nd edition. 2007 3rd edition).

Talent Abounds: Profiles of Master Teachers and Peak Performs in Diverse Domains (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, forthcoming December 2008).


"Education and Political Participation in Rural Areas of Latin America," Comparative Education Review 17 (June, 1973), pp. 198215. Spanish version of this paper, "Educacion y Participación Política en Ameéica Latina," in Educación Hoy, Bogota (July/August, 1973).

"Sociopolitical Implications of Educational Television," Journal of Communication25 (Spring 1975), pp. 144-156.

"Comparative Education and World Systems Analysis," Comparative Education Review24 (October, 1980), pp. 48-62.

"A Political Sociology of Education and Development in Latin America: The Conditioned State, Neoliberalism, and Educational Policy," International Journal of Comparative Sociology 37 (June 1996), pp. 121-139.

"Dynamic Tensions in Ability Grouping: A Comparative Perspective and Critical Analysis," Educational Horizons 77 (Spring 1999): 120-127; reprinted in Annual Editions, Education 00/01 (Guilford, CN: Dushkin, 2000): 160-172. (Co-author).

"Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Facing the 21st Century: Challenges and Contributions," Presidential Address, Comparative Education Review 46 (November 2001): 477-503.

"Education and International Issues of Social Mobility of Underprivileged Groups," in James Guthrie (ed.), Encyclopedia of Education 2nd Edition, (New York: Macmillan, 2003). (Sr. author).

Created: 3/14/2008

Updated: 3/17/2008

Contributed By: Robert Arnove, Chancellor's Professor , Indiana University, Bloomington