Elizabeth A. Worden
School of Education
PhD, International Education, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education MA, International Education, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education BA, History, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
Dr. Elizabeth Anderson Worden joined American University as an assistant professor in the fall of 2007 after earning her PhD in International Education from New York University. Her primary research examines how governments foster identities and belonging through formal education during social and political transition. Dr. Worden’s book National Identity and Education Reform: Contested Classrooms (Routledge 2014) examines these issues in the context of Post-Soviet Moldova. Her current project examines teachers, social memory, and citizenship education in post-conflict Northern Ireland. As a Fulbright Scholar, she spent 5 months conducting field work there in 2014-2015. Dr. Worden has recently been appointed as a visiting professor to Ulster University in Coleraine, Northern Ireland where she will be in residence for a month per year until 2019. She has published articles in numerous journals including Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, Journal of European Education, and Comparative Education Review. Dr. Worden’s larger research interests include history teaching, history textbooks, memory, citizenship education, education and transitional justice, nationalism and national identity, and international exchange. Some of courses she teaches at AU include Comparative and International Education, International Education Exchange: Policies and Practices, and Education and Transitional Justice. Dr. Worden is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Moldova 1997-1999) and she enjoys having fellow RPCVs in her classes.
Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK
Visiting Professor 2015-2019
George Mason Univ., Program on History, Memory, and Conflict
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Dr. Worden’s larger research interests include history teaching, history textbooks, memory, citizenship education, education and transitional justice, nationalism and national identity, and international exchange.
Worden, E.A. 2014. National Identity and Educational Reform: Contested Classrooms. New York: Routledge.
Select Journal Articles
Friedman, Jonathan and Elizabeth Anderson Worden. 2016. Creating interdisciplinary Space on Campus: Lessons from US Area Studies Centers. Higher Education Research & Development, 35 (1): 129-141.
Worden, Elizabeth Worden. 2011. “The ‘Mock Reform’ of History Curriculum in Moldova: Actors versus the Script” Comparative Education Review 55 (2): 231-251.
Miller-Idriss, Cynthia and Elizabeth Anderson Worden. 2010.“Internationalization in U.S. Higher Education: Studying the Middle East in the American University.” Globalisation, Societies, and Education 8 (3): 393-409.
Anderson, Elizabeth Anderson. 2007. Anderson, E. A. 2005. “Backward, Forward, or Both? Moldovan Teachers’ Relationship to the State and the Nation.” Journal of European Education (Fall) 37 (3): 53-67.
Select Book Chapters
Gardinier, Meg P. and E.A. Worden. 2010. “The Semblance of Progress Amidst the Absence of Change: Educating for an Imagined Europe in Moldova and Albania” In Post-Socialism is Not Dead: (Re)reading the Global in Comparative Education, edited by Iveta Silova, 183-212. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
Worden, E.A. and Jeremy Browne. Forthcoming 2016. “Trends in Arabic Language Learning on U.S. Campuses,” In Producing Knowledge on World Regions: Middle Eastern Studies in Critical Perspective, edited by Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss. New York: New York University Press.
Worden, E.A., 2014. “Worden, E.A. 2014 “Education in the Republic of Moldova: Challenges and Promises,” In Education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. London: Bloomsbury.