Professor Nancy Kendall is associate professor of educational policy studies and affiliated with the African Studies Program, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Development Studies Program, and Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on U.S. and global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily lives, and examines the consequences of national and international policies and funding streams directed at improving marginalized children’s, communities’ and states’ wellbeing. Her research focus included Education for All, political democratization and educational governance, structural adjustment and education, US higher education, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, and gender and schooling.

She is the author of The Sex Education Debates (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and has published in journals including Compare, Comparative Education Review, Current Issues in Comparative Education, Educational Assessment Evaluation and Accountability, International Journal of Educational Development, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

In addition to conducting extended research in Malawi, Mozambique, and the U.S., and short-term research in Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe, Professor Kendall was a 2009 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and received research support from the Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, TAG Philanthropic Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, WT Grant Foundation, and Lumina Foundation, among others.