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Institute for International Studies in Education Our Mission

Our mission is to serve as the premier university research and training institute in comparative, international, and development education. We accomplish our mission by IISE faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliated-constituencies engaged in research, training, consultancies, partnerships, service, policy making, teaching, and other forms of practice in local, regional, national, and international contexts. IISE provides the University of Pittsburgh with one of the most dynamic and productive, internationally-oriented schools of education in the world. IISE is comprised of Affiliated Faculty and Graduate Students associated with one of the five academic departments in the School of Education.

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Maureen McClure

Director, Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE)

Maureen W. McClure is the director of IISE. A former chair of the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies in…


Dao Nguyen

Program Coordinator, IISE

Dao is a graduate student in Ph.D program in Higher Education Management, School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.…


Xi Wang

Program Coordinator, IISE

Xi Wang is IISE's program coordinator. She is also a fourth-year Ph.D. Student in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Program,…


Maureen K. Porter

Associate Director, IISE

Maureen Porter, an anthropologist of education, studies the social construction of “education” and situated learning in culturally-specific communities of practice.…

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