Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
(1998). Principal fields: Education (major) and African Studies (minor fields:
Educational Policy Studies and History)
MA, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (1991) - Teaching English as a Second Language
BA, Purdue University (1987) - Psychology
(major) and Political Science (minor)
2009 to date: Associate Professor and
Coordinator, Program in Comparative and International Development Education,
University of Minnesota
2000-2008: Teachers College, Columbia
2004 - 2008: Associate Professor
2004 - 2008: Associate Director, Center for
2000 - 2004: Assistant Professor
1999 - 2001: Harvard University
1999 - 2001: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral
Fellowship in Anthropological Demography, Harvard School of Public Health
1999 - 2000: Takemi Fellow in International
1993-1999: University of Wisconsin
1999: Lecturer, Department of Curriculum
1999: Lecturer, International Relations
1998: Researcher, Project on Academic
Language Socialization, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research
1993 - 1995: Graduate Teaching Assistant,
Department of English
1991 - 1992: Curriculum Development
Specialist, Robbinsdale Public Schools, Minnesota
1988 - 1991: Graduate Teaching Assistant,
Department of English as an International Language, University of Illinois
Affiliations (associations, organizations, institutions)
African Studies Association
American Anthropological Association
American Association of University
American Educational Research Association
Comparative Education Review, Advisory
Comparative and International Education
Society: Elected Board Member (2007-2010); Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair
(2007-2008); and Member
Vavrus, F. (2000). Governmentality in
an era of 'empowerment': The case of Tanzania. In T. S. Popkewitz (Ed.),
Educational Knowledge: Changing Relations between the State, Civil Society, and
the Educational Community (pp. 221-242). New York: SUNY Press.
Vavrus, F. (2002). Uncoupling the
articulation between girls' education and tradition in Tanzania. Gender and
Education 14(4): 367-389.
Vavrus, F. (2002). Postcoloniality and
English: Exploring language policy and the politics of development in Tanzania.
TESOL Quarterly 36(3): 373-397.
Vavrus, F. (2003). Desire and Decline:
Schooling amid Crisis in Tanzania. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Vavrus, F. (2003). "A shadow of the real
thing": Furrow societies, water user associations, and democratic
practices in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. Journal of African American
History 88(4): 393-412.
Vavrus, F. & Larsen, U. (2003). Girls'
education and fertility transitions: An analysis of recent trends in Tanzania
and Uganda. Economic Development and Cultural Change 51(4): 945-976.
Vavrus, F., & Richey, L. A. (2003,
Fall/Winter). Women and Development: Rethinking Policy and Reconceptualizing
Practice. Guest editors for special issue of Women's Studies Quarterly.
Vavrus, F. (2004). The referential web:
Externalization beyond education in Tanzania. In G. Steiner-Khamsi (Ed.), The
Global Politics of Educational Borrowing and Lending (pp. 141-153). New York:
Teachers College Press.
Vavrus, F. (2005). Adjusting inequality:
Education and structural adjustment programs in Tanzania. Harvard Educational
Review 75(2): 174-201.
Bryan, A. & Vavrus, F. (2005). The
promise and peril of education: The teaching of in/tolerance in an era of
globalization. Globalisation, Societies, and Education 3(2): 183-202.
Vavrus, F. (2006). Girls' schooling in
Tanzania: The key to HIV/AIDS prevention? AIDS Care 18(8): 863-871.
Vavrus, F., and Bartlett, L. (Eds.) (2009).
Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from
Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. New York: Palgrave
Vavrus, F. (2009). The cultural politics of
constructivist pedagogies: Teacher education reform in the United Republic of
Tanzania. International Journal of Educational Development 29(3): 303-311.
Shuyler, A., & Vavrus, F. (2010). Global
competition and higher education in the United Republic of Tanzania. In V. D.
Rust, L. M. Portnoi, and S. S. Bagley (Eds.), Higher Education, Policy and the
Global Competition Phenomenon. Palgrave Macmillan.
Vavrus, F., & Seghers, M. (2010).
Critical discourse analysis in comparative education: A discursive study of
'partnership' in Tanzania's poverty reduction policies. Comparative Education
Review 54(1): 77-103.
Contributed By: Matthew A.M. Thomas, University of Minnesota