Frances  Vavrus Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Frances Vavrus

University of Minnesota

I am a Professor at the University of Minnesota and a member of the ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (CEART). The photo is from the World Education Forum, where I served as the CEART representative. My research explores how schooling serves as a site for ‘development’ interventions in East Africa, taking up questions regarding the politics of inter/national development policy and its appropriation by local actors.


I hold a PhD in Education and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in Teaching English as an International Language from the University of Illinois, and bachelor's degree from Purdue University in psychology and political science. I was also an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My areas of professional expertise include African studies, the anthropology of education, comparative and international education, development studies, policy studies, and teacher education.

Personal Interests

    In addition to research and writing, I enjoy bicycling, cooking, and spending time with my family.