I am a beginning researcher with broad research interests in education, civil society, poverty & inequality, both internationally and in the U.S. My research experience comes from over two years working on education and non-profits in Azerbaijan, and I am also interested in organizational development, project monitoring and evaluation. I am a 2011 graduate of Davidson College with a B.A. in political science.
My research experience in Azerbaijan includes evaluating IDP schools in Azerbaijan, school leadership in Azerbaijani early childhood education, and the role of parents in private tutoring in five post-Soviet countries. Currently, I am working as an independent researcher to examine the influence of urbanity, location, and gender on school quality in Azerbaijan. The idea is to better understand not only the large urban-rural gap in education, but also differences in educational quality between seemingly similar rural regions in Azerbaijan.
I am also interested in educational technology, especially in the use of free online courses in developing countries. I developed the Online Education Club, an experiment of bringing online courses into the classroom creating a blended learning environment in the developing world.
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