Meg Gardinier, PhD

Meg Gardinier, PhD, is an international education specialist with over two decades of academic and professional experience in international and comparative education. She holds an EdM in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in education from Cornell University. Dr. Gardinier was an associate professor of global leadership at Indiana Institute of Technology where she served on doctoral committees. Prior to this position, Dr. Gardinier was assistant professor of international and intercultural education at Florida International University where she developed and taught blended and fully online graduate education classes on issues such as international education and development, human rights and global citizenship education, intercultural competency, and global education policy.

Dr. Gardinier’s research explores the intersection of global education policies and local pedagogical practices in the context of democratization and social change. Her doctoral dissertation examined the localization of global models of democratic citizenship education in post-communist Albania. Combining interviews, policy analysis, and participant observation in schools over 32 months, this qualitative study explored the identities, forms of knowledge, and situated practice of teachers, policymakers, and local experts in Albania. Dr. Gardinier received grants and fellowships from a number of organizations including Fulbright, National Security Education Program/Boren, Cornell University Peace Studies, IREX, Spencer Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published her research results in Comparative Education Review, European Journal of Education, International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, Comparative Education, and in several edited volumes. In addition to her experience in higher education, Dr. Gardinier has worked with a number of nongovernmental and international organizations in diverse contexts including Nigeria, Guatemala, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Albania, Kosovo, and the United States.


  • EdM, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • PhD, Cornell University
Meg Gardinier, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute


Doctorate in Global Education (EdD)

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