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Sonja Darlington Professor of Education and Youth Studies, received her B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College, and an M.A. in English Literature and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Iowa State University.  She taught German Language and Literature at Ames High School and Grinnell College and was President of the National Teachers of German—Iowa Chapter. While serving as the Beloit College Faculty Advisor for the ACM Tanzanian and Botswana Study Abroad programs, she directed their Tanzania Program in Dar es Salaam (2004) and Botswana Program in Gaborone (2013).  Her research in African Literature, Gender Studies, and Curriculum includes presentations at conferences and universities in the US, Germany, Egypt, Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.  Professor Darlington has published in Research in African Literatures, Journal of the Association of African Literatures, African Studies Quarterly, African Journal of Teacher Education, ALAN Review, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Middle School Journal, and Journal of International Literacy.  In the last five years, she has focused her scholarly interests and activism in the field of Youth Studies and taught a series of four special topic courses: Education in Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Urban Education: The Chicago Public Schools; Working Class Youth and Community Engagement; and Youth Resistance and Activism. 608.363.2344.

Jingjing Lou*, Department and Certifying Chair, obtained a B.A. from the Peking University (People's Republic of China) in Russian Language and Literature, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Russian and East European Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington.  Her dissertation is entitled "The School Wall Crumbles: Pollution, Townization, and the Changing Ecology of Rural Schooling in Northwest China".  She has been awarded a Spencer Fellowship (2007-2008), a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad (2007-2008), a 1990 Institute/OYCF Research Fellowship (2009-10), Chancellor's Fellowship (Indiana University, 2003-2007), and a few other research and travel grants. Jingjing is interested in international and comparative education research. She also has research interests in international education and the internationalization of US public schools and higher education. Jingjing has done research and published on the financing and privatization of higher education in Russia, US and China. She has also researched on girls’ education, migrant children’s education, and rural youth’s education and identity development in China. Currently, she is particularly interested in townization and migration and its impact on rural Chinese youth and their education.  In addition to teaching and research, Jingjing has also served as a research consultant for a few international and domestic NGOs. , 608-363-2078. Her CV can be accessed from the following site:

William New, Professor of Education and Youth Studies, received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in history, and an M.A. (Reading), an M.Ed. (Neuroscience & Education), and a Ph.D. (Educational and Applied Developmental Psychology) from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to becoming a college professor, he was a special education teacher and therapist in New York City for more than a decade. Professor New was on the faculty of DePauw University from 1993-1997, visiting professor at the ACM Urban Studies Program in Chicago in 2000, and led the ACM Central Europe Program in the Czech Republic in 2002.  He served as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Greece in 2003, and in Slovakia in 2010, where he taught university courses and conducted research on Roma (Gypsy) education. Professor New has published and presented widely in the field of minority education policy and law, focusing on immigrant issues in the United States, and Roma education in Greece and Central Europe. His current research concerns the history of school choice in Wisconsin, and charter school politics in a local school district. Professor New is the founder and president of the Governing Board of a local charter school. He teaches courses in educational psychology, adolescence, literacy development, and education policy and law.

TomWarrenThomas F. Warren (Emeritus of Education)

Tom has dived into writingsince his retirement from the College in 2001. Check out his website  for details. He also stays very active in Beloit and spends as much warm weather as possible at the family cabin on Lake Superior. Tom is presently well along on the second draft of a fictional novel called The Learner. It takes place in a town called Belle Waters, Wisconsin, modeled after you-know-where. The plot features a young man who is a beginning minister with all of the accompanying expectations. This "Pastor EK" is also challenged by trying to master golf and address homelessness in the town.

 Kathleen Greene (Emeritus of Education) professor of education and chemistry, obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in curriculum and instruction, with a focus on science education, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and teaching interests span areas of higher education, science education, gender and schooling, and educational policy and practice for public democracy and social justice. , 608-363-2340.