Nancy Rydberg


Dr. Nancy Rydberg is a comparative and international education policy researcher. She has conducted research on education policy, youth, and gender in Uganda, Argentina, and the USA and has supported research projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Egypt. She has worked as part of international teams designing, implementing, and evaluating educational initiatives and youth livelihood projects with Save the Children and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

Nancy’s PhD dissertation research, funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award, was based on an 18-month ethnography that explored the impacts of educational policies and socioeconomic and gender inequalities on primary schooling in post-conflict northern Uganda. Nancy’s MA thesis examined non-governmental programming to promote the rights of street children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nancy is fluent in Spanish and Acholi (a dialect of Luo) and proficient in Portuguese.

Nancy has a PhD in Educational Policy Studies and in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in Development Management and Policy from Georgetown University.  She received her BA from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.


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