Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor at Columbia University (Teachers College), New York, has been appointed Professor at the Graduate Institute, starting in February 2017. She holds a dual academic affiliation, splitting her time between the Graduate Institute (Spring semesters) and the Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG), an associate programme of the Institute where she serves as Director, and Columbia University in New York (Fall semesters).
A graduate from the University of Zurich (1983, Dr. Phil. in social psychology with minors in sociology and anthropology), she worked for the first ten years of her career at the Ministry of Education of the Canton of Zurich. Following the example of the Republic of Geneva, she built the first policy research unit at a Swiss cantonal ministry of education that dealt specifically with multicultural education. A three-year postdoc research grant enabled her to go to the Universities of London, Toronto and UC-Berkeley to examine education policies for immigrants, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States from an international comparative perspective.
Her academic appointment at Columbia University, first as untenured Associate Professor, then as tenured Full Professor and Department Chair, started in 1995. In New York, she is based at the Department of International and Transcultural Studies in the graduate school of education, health and psychology of Columbia University (called Teachers College). In addition, she is a board member of the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies of Columbia University. A past president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), she edits two book series that deal with comparative policy studies (Routledge, Teachers College Press). She published eight books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reports on topics related to transnational policy borrowing and lending, global governance and education, global education industry, public-private partnership in education, or comparative research methodology. Her geographic research focus is Mongolia and Central Asia.