Nancy Kendall

Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nancy Kendall is professor of educational policy studies, specialized in comparative, international, and global education policy, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on the school and life experiences of girls, boys, families, and communities who are structurally marginalized within national and international contexts. Her ethnographic research has examined children’s sense-making and experiences with gender and education, political democratization, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, climate and environmental change, and college-going. Kendall has conducted extended research in Malawi and the U.S.. Kendall has received research support from Fulbright, Lumina Foundation, NAE/Spencer, Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundations, among others. She is the author of The Sex Education Debates (University of Chicago Press, 2012), first author of The True Costs of College (Palgrave, 2020), and many peer-reviewed articles in international education and public health journals.

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