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Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation

Prof Felisa Tibbitts
Visiting Professor

Felisa Tibbitts is a Lecturer in the Comparative and International Education Program at Teachers College of Columbia University and Chair in Human Rights Education at the Human Rights Centre of Utrecht University (Netherlands). She was a Fulbright Fellow at Lund University, Sweden (Fall 2014) and a Human Rights Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2011-2013).

Felisa has published practical resources on curriculum, program development and evaluation on behalf of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe and non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International and the Open Society Foundations. She is widely read in the field of human rights education and her scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals including the Journal of Peace Research, Intercultural Education, Prospects and the International Review of Education. She is senior editor of the Information Age Book Series “Critical Perspectives in Democratic Citizenship Education.”

Previously she was an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard School of Education and the UN-Mandated University for Peace and she remains affiliated with the Institute of Reconciliation and Social Justice in South Africa. She co-founded the NGO Human Rights Education Associates (HREA –, which she directed from 1999-2011 and remains active in international HRE networks. She received her Bachelor degree and two Masters’ (Public Policy, Education) from Harvard University and her D.Phil. in Political Science from the Otto-von-Guericke Universität of Magdeburg.

Her research interests include peace, human rights and democratic citizenship education; curriculum policy and reform; critical pedagogy; and education and social movements.

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