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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Dana Burde

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Dana Burde is an Associate Professor and Director of the International Education Program in the Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities Department at NYU Steinhardt and Affiliated Faculty with the NYU Wilf Family Department of Politics, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the Columbia University Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the INEE Journal on Education in Emergencies. Her research focuses on the effects of conflict on education, the efforts of humanitarian organizations to mitigate these effects, and the relationship between education and political violence or peace. She is particularly interested in research that can be used to inform policy and that has the potential to help state and non-state actors create positive social change. She uses diverse research methods including qualitative case studies and complex field experiments that rely on both large-scale surveys and in-depth, qualitative interviews. Her book, Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan, was published by Columbia University Press in October 2014 and is the 2017 recipient of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Her research has appeared in the Comparative Education Review, American Economic Journal—Applied, Review of Educational Research, and the New York Times and has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Weikart Family Foundation, the Danish International Aid Agency, and the US Agency for International Development. Her work, first as an aid worker and later as an academic, has spanned the globe—from South America, West Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, to Central and South Asia. Burde received her PhD in Comparative Education and Political Science from Columbia University; EdM from Harvard University; and BA from Oberlin College.




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