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Iveta Silova

Iveta Silova

Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

iveta.silova@asu.edu

May Lou Fulton Teacher's College
Arizona State University
PO Box 37100
Phoenix, AZ 85069-3151

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Biography

Iveta Silova is professor and director of the Center for the Advanced Studies in Global Education at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative education and political sociology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, USA. 

Born and raised in Soviet Latvia, Professor Silova has a unique first-hand experience of the events leading up to the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Since then, she has been fascinated with learning how different countries have responded to the postsocialist transformations. Her research has aimed to reveal the multiple meanings and processes of postsocialist education transformations through numerous articles and books, including Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life (2018), How NGOs React (2008), Globalization on the Margins (2011), and Postsocialism is not Dead (2010). By contesting a common expectation that postsocialist societies would inevitably converge towards Western norms (through the mechanisms of international development), these edited volumes and her related research conceptually (re)frame postsocialism as open, plural, and inevitably uncertain. More broadly, Professor Silova's research raises a series of important questions:

  • What rationalities underpin the logic and define the purpose of education transformations in various postsocialist contexts? How are global norms actually understood, experienced, and interpreted in postsocialist contexts? And, more broadly, how do postsocialist imaginaries function to simultaneously promote and challenge global norms?
  • How can we (re)imagine research and methods to articulate new theoretical insights about postsocialist education transformations in the context of globalization?
  • How can we move beyond Western epistemologies to decolonize knowledge production and being? 

Before coming to ASU, Professor Silova was a professor at Lehigh University for seven years. Prior to her academic work in the U.S., she worked as an education researcher and adviser for various international organizations, including UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, and the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundations. She has spent seven years living and working in various countries of the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia (Kazakhstan), the Caucasus (Azerbaijan), and Belarus. Her long-term goal is to continue to bridge the traditional theory/practice dichotomy by engaging in meaningful and ethical collaborations between academics, policymakers, and education practioners in different "development" contexts.

Education

  • PhD, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, 2002
  • MPhil, International and Comparative Education, Columbia University, 2000
  • MEd, International and Comparative Education, Columbia University Teachers College, 1997
  • MA, Education Administration and Leadership, Columbia University Teachers College, 1996
  • BA, Linguistics, University of Latvia, 1994

Expertise

Journal Articles

In Press

Fischman, G. E., A. Marcetti Topper, I. Silova, J. Goebel and J. L. Holloway. Examining the influence of international large-scale assessments on national education policies. Journal of Education Policy DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2018.1460493. (link )

2018

Kendall, N., W. S. New and I. Silova. 2018. Professor Kazamias, Andreas, Andy: An introduction and celebration in three parts. European Education 50(2):77-83. DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2018.1464396. (link )

Silova, I. 2018. Searching for the soul: Athena's owl in the comparative education cosmos. European Education 50(2):223-227. DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2018.1462665. (link )

2017

Aktas, F., K. Pitts, J. C. Richards and I. Silova. 2017. Institutionalizing global citizenship: A critical analysis of higher education programs and curricula. Journal of Studies in International Education 21(1):65-80. DOI: 10.1177/1028315316669815. (link )

Knettel, B. A., S. E. Slifko, A. G. Inman and I. Silova. 2017. Training community health workers: An evaluation of effectiveness, sustainable continuity, and cultural humility in an educational program in rural Haiti. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 55(4):177-188. DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2017.1284014. (link )

Silova, I., Z. Millei and N. Piattoeva. 2017. Interrupting the coloniality of knowledge production in comparative education: Postsocialist and postcolonial dialogues after the Cold War. Comparative Education Review 61(51):S74-S102. DOI: 10.1086/690458. (link )

2016

Aydarova, E., Z. Millei, N. Piattoeva and I. Silova. 2016. Revisiting pasts, reimagining futures: Memories of (post)socialist childhood and schooling. European Education 48(3):159-169. DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2016.1223977. (link )

2015

Silova, I. and W. C. Brehm. 2015. From myths to models: The (re)production of world culture in comparative education. Globalisation, Societies and Education 13(1):8-33. DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2014.967483. (link )

Silova, I. and J. Rappleye. 2015. Beyond the world culture debate in comparative education: Critiques, alternatives and a noisy conversation. Globalisation, Societies and Education 13(1):1-7. DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2014.967482. (link )

2014

Brehm, W. C. and I. Silova. 2014. Hidden privatization of public education in Cambodia: Equity implications of private tutoring. Journal of Educational Research 6(1):94-116. (link )

Lapham, K., D. Pop and I. Silova. 2014. Editorial Introduction: (Re)examining privatization and public education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. European Education 46(2):3-7. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934460200. (link )

Silova, I., V. Brezheniuk, M. Kudasova, O. Mun and N. Artemev. 2014. Youth protests against education privatization reforms in post-Soviet states. European Education 46(3):75-99. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934460304. (link )

Silova, I., M. Mead Yaqub, O. Mun and G. Palandjian. 2014. Pedagogies of space: (Re)imagining nation and childhood in post-Soviet states. Global Studies of Childhood 4(3):195-209. DOI: 10.2304/gsch.2014.4.3.195. (link )

2013

Carney, S., J. Rappleye and I. Silova. 2013. Entre la fe y la ciencia: La teoría de la cultura mundial y la educación comparada. Profesorado: Revista de Currículum y Formación del Profesorado 17(2):243-267.

Mead, M. A. and I. Silova. 2013. Literacies of (post)socialist childhood: alternative readings of socialist upbringings and neoliberal futures. Globalisaztion, Societies and Education 11(2):194-222. DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2013.783314. (link )

Silova, I. and N. W. Sobe. 2013. Editorial Introduction. European Education 45(2):3-5. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934450200. (link )

Silova, I. and N. W. Sobe. 2013. Editorial Introduction. Educational metamorphoses in post-Soviet Ukraine: Quo vadis?. European Education 45(1):3-6. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934450100. (link )

Sobe, N. W. and I. Silova. 2013. Editors' preface to special guest-edited issue. European Education 45(4):3. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934450400. (link )

Sobe, N. W. and I. Silova. 2013. Editors' preface to special guest-edited issue. European Education 45(3):3. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934450300. (link )

2012

Carney, S., J. Rappleye and I. Silova. 2012. Between faith and science: World culture theory and comparative educatoin. Comparative Education Review 56(3):366-393. DOI: 10.1086/665708. (link )

Silova, I. and N. W. Sobe. 2012. Editors' Introduction. European Education 44(2):3-4. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934440200. (link )

2011

Brehm, W. C. and I. Silova. 2011. The ignorant donor: A radical reimagination of international aid, development, and education. Current Issues in Comparative Education 13(1):29-36.

Silova, I. and N. W. Sobe. 2011. Editors' Introduction. European Education 43(4):3-4. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934430400. (link )

Silova, I. and N. W. Sobe. 2011. Editors' Introduction. European Education 43(1):3-6. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934430100. (link )

Sobe, N. W. and I. Silova. 2011. Editors' Introduction. European Education 43(2):3-4. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934430200. (link )

Webster, C., I. Silova, A. Moyer and S. McAllister. 2011. Leading in the age of post-socialist education transformations: Examining sustainability of teacher education reform in Latvia. Journal of Educational Change 12(3):347-370. DOI: 10.1007/s10833-010-9152-8. (link )

2010

Silova, I. 2010. Editors' introduction: A decade in review. Eurpoean Education 42(1):3-7. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934420100. (link )

Silova, I. 2010. Private tutoring in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: policy choices and implications. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 40(3):327-344. DOI: 10.1080/03057920903361926. (link )

Silova, I. and W. C. Brehm. 2010. An American construction of European education space. European Educational Research Journal 9(4):457-470. DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2010.9.4.457. (link )

Silova, I. and W. C. Brehm. 2010. Editors' Introduction. A European spring: Flat, bumpy or uncertain?. European Education 42(3):3-6. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934420300. (link )

Silova, I. and W. C. Brehm. 2010. Editors' introduction. William W. Brickman: His history, our history. European Education 42(2):4-10. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934420200. (link )

Silova, I. and W. C. Brehm. 2010. For the love of knowledge: William W. Brickman and his comparative education. European Education 42(2):17-36. (link )

Silova, I., A. Moyer, C. Webster and S. McAllister. 2010. Re‐conceptualizing professional development of teacher educators in post‐Soviet Latvia. Professional Development in Education 35(1-2):357-371. DOI: 10.1080/19415250903457596. (link )

Silova, I. and N. W. Sobe. 2010. Editors' Introduction: Cultural diversity, identity, and change in European education. European Education 42(4):3-4. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934420400. (link )

2009

Silova, I. 2009. The changing frontiers of comparative education: A forty-year retrospective on European Education. European Education 41(1):17-31. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934410101. (link )

Silova, I. 2009. The crisis of the post-Soviet teaching profession in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Research in Comparative and International Education 4(4):366-383. DOI: 10.2304/rcie.2009.4.4.366. (link )

Silova, I. and T. Abdushukurova. 2009. Global norms and local politics: Uses and abuses of education gender quotas in Tajikistan. Globalisation, Societies and Education 7(3):357-376. DOI: 10.1080/14767720903166376. (link )

Silova, I. and W. C. Brehm. 2009. Education and geopolitics in a changing Europe. European Education 41(2):7-30. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-49344102001. (link )

Silova, I. and A. W. Wiseman. 2009. Editors' introduction. Educational leadership in context: Exploring concepts and complexities. European Education 41(3):3-6. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934410300. (link )

Silova, I. and A. W. Wiseman. 2009. Editors' Introduction: Looking back...and looking forward. European Education 41(2):3-6. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934410200. (link )

Silova, I. and A. W. Wiseman. 2009. Editors' Introduction: Looking back...and looking forward. European Education 41(1):3-6. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934410100. (link )

2008

Silova, I. 2008. Contested alliances: International NGOs and authoritarian governments in the era of globalization. Current Issues in Comparative Education 10(1/2):26-31. (link )

Silova, I. and A. W. Wiseman. 2008. Editors' Introduction. European Education 40(3):3-7. DOI: 10.2753/EUE1056-4934400300. (link )

2007

Magno, C. and I. Silova. 2007. Teaching in transition: Examining school-based gender inequities in Central/Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. International Journal of Educational Development 27(6):647-660. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2006.08.004. (link )

2002

Silova, I. 2002. Bilingual education theater: Behind the scenes of Latvian minority education reform. Intercultural Education 13(4):463-476. DOI: 10.1080/1467598022000023894. (link )

2000

McGurty, N. and I. Silova. 2000. Ethnic integration and cross-culturalism in an academic setting: The case of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Intercultural Education 11(1):79-91. DOI: 10.1080/14675980050005415. (link )

1996

Silova, I. 1996. De-Sovietisation of Latvian textbooks made visible. European Journal of Intercultural Studies 7(2):35-45. DOI: 10.1080/0952391960070205. (link )

Books

2018

Chankseliani, M. and I. Silova eds. 2018. Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Symposium Books. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1910744031.

Silova, I., N. Piattoeva and Z. Millei eds. 2018. Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9783319627908.

2017

Silova, I., N. W. Sobe, A. Korzh and S. Kovalchuk eds. 2017. Reimagining Utopias: Theory and Method for Educational Research in Post-Socialist Contexts. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-6351-010-3.

2016

Leight, R. L., I. Silova and F. Aktas. 2016. Lehigh University College of Education: 100 Years of Excellence. College of Education, Lehigh University. Bethelem, PA.

2014

Hobson, D. P. and I. Silova eds. 2014. Globalizing Minds: Rhetoric and Realities in International Schools. Information Age Publishing Inc.. ISBN: 978-1623965860.

2011

Silova, I. 2011. Globalization on the Margins: Education and Post-Socialist Transformations in Central Asia.. Information Age Publishing, Inc.. ISBN: 978-1617352003.

2010

Silova, I. ed. 2010. Post-Socialism is not Dead: (Re)Reading the Global in Comparative Education. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. Bingley, UK. ISBN: 978-0857244178.

2009

Silova, I. ed. 2009. Private Supplementary Tutoring in Central Asia: New Opportunities and Burdens. UNESCO and International Institute for Educational Planning. Paris, France. ISBN: 978-92-803-1331-4.

2008

Silova, I. and G. Steiner-Khamsi eds. 2008. How NGOs React: Globalization & Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia & Mongolia. Kumarian Press, Inc.. Bloomfield, CT. ISBN: 978-1565492578.

2006

Silova, I. 2006. From Sites of Occupation to Symbols of Multiculturism: Reconceptualizing Minority Education in Post-Soviet Latvia. Information Age Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1593114626.

2003

Magno, C., I. Silova, S. Wright and E. Demeny. 2003. Open Mind: Opportunites for Gender Equity in Education. Open Society Institute. Hungary. (link )

Book Chapters

2018

Chankseliani, M. and I. Silova. 2018. Introduction. Reconfiguring education purposes, policies and practices during post-socialist transformations: Setting the stage. In: Chankseliani, M. and I. Silova eds., Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Symposium Books. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1910744031.

Millei, Z., N. Piattoeva, I. Silova and E. Aydarova. 2018. Hair bows and uniforms: Entangled politics in children's everyday lives. Pp. 145-162 In: Silova, I., N. Piattoeva and Z. Millei eds., Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 9783319627908.

Millei, Z., I. Silova and N. Piattoeva. 2018. Toward decolonizing childhood and knowledge production. Pp. 231-256 In: Silova, I., N. Piattoeva and Z. Millei eds., Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 9783319627908.

Palandjian, G., I. Silova, O. Mun and R. Zholdoshalieva. 2018. Chapter 8. Nation and gender in post-socialist education transformations: Comparing early literacy textbooks in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Latvia. In: Chankseliani, M. and I. Silova eds., Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Symposium Books. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1910744031.

Piattoeva, N., I. Silova and Z. Millei. 2018. Remembering childhoods, rewriting (post)socialist lives. Pp. 1-18 In: Silova, I., N. Piattoeva and Z. Millei eds., Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life. Palgrave Macmillian. ISBN: 9783319627908.

Silova, I. 2018. Conclusion. Comparing post-socialist transformations: Dead ends, new pathways and unexpected openings. In: Chankseliani, M. and I. Silova eds., Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Symposium Books. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1910744031.

Silova, I., Z. Millei and N. Piattoeva. 2018. Preface to afterwards. Pp. 259-260 In: Silova, I., N. Piattoeva and Z. Millei eds., Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life. ISBN: 9783319627908.

2017

Silova, I., N. W. Sobe, A. Korzh and S. Kovalchuk. 2017. Introducing research dilemmas in post-socialist education contexts. In: Silova, I., N. W. Sobe, A. Korzh and S. Kovalchuk eds., Reimaging Utopias: Theory and Method for Educational Research in Post-Socialist Contexts. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-6351-010-3.

Sobe, N. W., I. Silova, A. Korzh and S. Kovalchuk. 2017. (Re)imagining utopias. In: Silova, I., N. W. Sobe, A. Korzh and S. Kovalchuk eds., Reimagining Utopias: Theory and Method for Educational Research in Post-Socialist Contexts. Vol 55. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-6351-010-3.

2014

Hobson, D. P. and I. Silova. 2014. The pedagogy and politics of global citizenship in international schools: Setting the context. Pp. 3-12 In: Hobson, D. P. and I. Silova eds., Globalizing Minds: Rhetoric and Realities in International Schools. Information Age Publishing, Inc.. ISBN: 978-1623965860.

2010

Silova, I. 2010. Rediscovering post-socialism in comparative education. Pp. 1-26 In: Silova, I. ed., Post-Socialism is not Dead (Re)Reading the Global in Comparative Education. Vol 14. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. Bingley, UK. ISBN: 978-0857244178.

2009

Silova, I. 2009. Chapter 1. Global patterns and post-socialist realities in the private tutoring market: Conceptual and methodological considerations. Pp. 33-48 In: Silova, I. ed., Private Supplementary Tutoring in Central Asia: New Opportunities and Burdens.. UNESCO and International Institute for Educational Planning. Paris, France. ISBN: 978-92-803-1331-4.

Silova, I. 2009. Chapter 2. Education and post-socialist transformations in Central Asia. Pp. 49-68 In: Silova, I. ed., Private Supplementary Tutoring in Central Asia: New Opportunities and Burdens. UNESCO and International Institute for Educational Planning. Paris, France. ISBN: 978-92-803-1331-4.

Silova, I. 2009. Chapter 3. Examining the scope, nature and implications of private tutoring in Central Asia. Pp. 69-92 In: Silova, I. ed., Private Supplementary Tutoring in Central Asia: New Opportunities and Burdens. UNESCO and International Institute for Educational Planning. Paris, France. ISBN: 978-92-803-1331-4.

Silova, I. 2009. Chapter 7. Private tutoring and its implications for education in Central Asia: Conclusions and recommendations. Pp. 167-176 In: Silova, I. ed., Private Supplementary Tutoring in Central Asia: New Opportunities and Burdens. UNESCO and International Institute for Educational Planning. Paris, France. ISBN: 978-92-803-1331-4.

2008

Dailey, E. and I. Silova. 2008. Invisible and surrogate education. Pp. 211-230 In: Silova, I. and G. Steiner-Khamsi eds., How NGOs React: Globalization & Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia & Mongolia. Kumarian Press, Inc. Bloomfield, CT. ISBN: 978-1565492578.

Kalikova, S. and I. Silova. 2008. From educational brokers to local capacity builders: Redefining international NGOs in Kazakhstan. Pp. 137-156 In: Silova, I. and G. Steiner-Khamsi eds., How NGOs React: Globalization & Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia & Mongolia. Kumarian Press, Inc. Bloomfield, CT. ISBN: 978-1565492578.

Silova, I. 2008. Championing open society: The education logic of the Soros Foundation Network. Pp. 43-80 In: Silova, I. and G. Steiner-Khamsi eds., How NGOs React: Globalization & Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia & Mongolia. Kumarian Press, Inc... Bloomfield, CT. ISBN: 978-1565492578.

Silova, I. and G. Steiner-Khamsi. 2008. Introduction: Unwrapping the post-socialist education reform package. Pp. 1-42 In: Silova, I. and G. Steiner-Khamsi eds., How NGOs React: Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia. Kumarian Press, Inc.. ISBN: 978-1565492578.

Reports

2002

Silova, I. 2002. The right to quality education: Creating child-friendly schools in Central Asia. UNICEF.