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Jingjing Lou* Jingjing Lou Fall 2017

Associate Professor and Department and Certifying Chair, obtained a B.A. from Peking University (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.

Jingjing's expertise is in international and comparative education. She has researched on girls’ education, migrant children’s education, and rural youth’s education and identity development in China. She has also done research on the privatization of higher education in Russia, US and China, and internationalization of education in US , China and Africa.

Currently, Jingjing is particularly interested in urbanization and its impact on rural and migrant Chinese youth and their education, and their perception of the change of the environmental, social and moral ecology surrounding them. In addition to teaching and research, Jingjing has also served as a research consultant for a few international and domestic NGOs. She received various fellowships and awards including a Spencer Fellowship (2007-2008), a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad (2007-2008), and a few other research and travel grants. Her CV can be accessed from the following site:

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  • Phone: 608-363-2078
  • Office: Morse Ingersoll 221
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017, 1-2pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays or by appointment.

Sonja Darlington

Headshot of Sonja DarlingtonProfessor 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.

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  • Phone: 608.363.2344.
  • Office: Morse Ingersoll 222
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017, by appointment only.

William New

Headshot of Willaim NewProfessor 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 Romani education.

Professor New has published and presented widely in the field of comparative education policy and law, focusing on immigrant issues in the United States, and Romani education in Greece and Central Europe. He is currently at work on a book exploring alternate frameworks of social justice in international educational context. Professor New is the founder and current board member of a local charter school. He teaches courses in educational psychology, literacy development, and education policy and law.

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  • Office: Morse Ingersoll 008
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017, Tuesdays 8-10 am or by appointment. 

Ann Frkovich

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education and Youth Studies, obtained a B.A. in literature and language from Webster University, an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University. 

Ann has 18 years of English teaching and school leadership experience in public and private secondary schools in New York, Milwaukee, and Chicago, and has worked as a curriculum and instruction consultant and school leadership coach for Chicago Public Schools. Her early work as a teacher activist and researcher centered around English teaching methods, critical pedagogy, and youth participatory action research.  Her research agenda now broadly relates to the social and cultural foundations of education and curriculum studies, with a focus on cross-national and local lived experience in the context of globalization. 

She has taught graduate courses in curriculum studies, teacher education, and education research at DePaul University, has presented her research nationally and internationally, and has published research articles in Schools, Frontiers of Education in China, and The English Journal. She received the 2004 Kate and Paul Farmer Writing Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, was the 2013 DePaul University Meister Scholar for Community Service, and received a 2015 New Scholar Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. Her CV and more detailed information can be found here:

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  • Office: Morse Ingersoll 217
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017, MWF, by appointment. 
    • Phone conferences are also encouraged. Please contact Ann to schedule a phone conference.

Emeritus Faculty of Education

Thomas F. Warren


Tom has dived into writing since 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

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.