Professor, Global Education Policy, School of Education, University at Albany, SUNY

Aaron Benavot is Professor of Global Education Policy in the School of Education, University at Albany-SUNY (www.albany.edu/epl/). He recently completed three years of service as Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report (en.unesco.org/gem-report/) — an independent, evidence-based annual monitoring report published by UNESCO, with a mandate to monitor progress and analyze policies around international education targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. (sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld)

Benavot’s comparative studies of education, development and international policy (albany.academia.edu/AaronBenavot) include the historical expansion of primary education; the prolongation of compulsory schooling; the globalization of curricular policies; the diversification of secondary education; school differences in curricular implementation; the changing status of vocational education; the growing power of learning assessments; the content of primary level mathematics and reading textbooks; the shift to education for sustainable development; and the conceptualization of adult literacy.
Benavot has co-authored or edited five books: School Knowledge for the Masses (w/ Meyer and Kamens); Law and the Shaping of Public Education (w/ Tyack and James); Global educational expansion (w/ Resnik and Corrales); School Knowledge in Comparative and Historical Perspective (w/ Braslavsky); and PISA, Power, and Policy (w/ H-D Meyer).
Benavot previously taught at the Univ of Georgia and the Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem and has served as a visiting professor at universities in Argentina, Japan, Germany, Italy, Malta and France. He has been a consortium and lead partner in, and evaluator of, EU-sponsored socio-economic research. In 2007 he was elected to the CIES Board of Directors and later served as co-editor of Comparative Education Review and then CIES Secretary. He currently serves on the advisory boards of ten comparative education journals.