Nancy Kendall, PhD

Position title: Chair and Professor, Educational Policy Studies Department, School of Education


Nancy Kendall is a Professor in and the Chair of the Educational Policy Studies Department in the School of Education and the Faculty Director of both the African Studies Program and the Development Studies Program. Her research examines the consequences of national and international policies and funding streams directed at improving the lives and well-being of children, communities, and states positioned as “marginalized” by national and international regimes. Kendall has conducted extended research in Malawi, Mozambique, and the U.S., and has conducted short-term research in Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Zimbabwe. Kendall was a 2009 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow and the 2019 recipient of the Lyle Spencer Foundation Award.