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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, professor emeritus of education, earned his B.A. degree from Augustana College, a M.Ed. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Beloit, he taught in middle and high schools and was a school counselor. At Beloit his teaching interests centered around Educational Psychology, Comparative Education, and Human Relations in Education. He is especially interested in creativity as it affects education and in the education systems of Britain, Australia, Japan, and South Africa. He is past-president of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE). In his spare time, Warren is an avid golfer and believes in painting his house himself. Tom retired in Spring 2001 and recently won an award for his labor of love in getting local area youth involved in golf.

 Kathleen Greene, 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.