Dr. HyoJung Jang is an international comparative education researcher. HyoJung serves as the Research and Learning Advisor for the GC-DWC. She brings over a decade of research experience in academic institutions as well as a multi-year field experience in Southeast Asia during her tenure at the World Bank, where she worked at the intersection of research, policy, and programming in the education sector.
HyoJung has conducted national and cross-national comparative studies on various topics in education, drawing on data from PISA, TIMSS, PIAAC, STEP, and other large-scale cross-national and national datasets. Her research agenda explores four broad themes, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries: (1) factors that shape educational equity and learning outcomes for diverse students; (2) socio-emotional learning and skills development; (3) teacher quality and teacher professional development; and (4) gender equity and inclusive education. She employs various quantitative methods and has experience using mixed methods in her work.
Previously, HyoJung has conducted research at the Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, both of which are housed in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. In addition, she has experience in teaching, curriculum development, and leading teacher professional development seminars. She holds a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Sociology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies (Concentrations: Educational Theory and Policy and International Comparative Education) from Penn State University, where she was a recipient of a competitive Dean’s Graduate Assistantship.
She speaks Korean, Lao, Thai, and basic French and Spanish.