Final weeks in North America

My whirlwind international research and conference trip is coming to a close. One more week in New York at Columbia University's Teachers College, then off to Montreal for the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference and a bit of fieldwork, before the long flight home.  Details of the five papers I'm giving are on the ‘publications and presentations’ page.  Here are some other highlights: speaking with Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force in US Congress, and Marshall (Mike) S. Smith, who is perhaps most knowledgeable person on US federal education policy. Check out the photo page for a few choice memories with these impressive people.

Papers! Papers! Papers!

Back in Chicago for the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual conference. My paper is titled ‘The untold story of Australian multiculturalism: How it was shaped from below by ethnic communities’. Here’s the paper, and the PowerPoint.  My presentation to the Comparative and International Education Society’s annual conference, ‘The transformation of the Australian school funding: The changing federal framework’ can be found here. Stay tuned for my papers to Columbia University’s Teachers College ‘Policy Research Roundtable’ (26 April) and the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference (1-3 June).

My whirlwind North American research and conference trip has started.

The highlight – a 4 month Visiting Scholar position at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York. It’s preceded by two weeks of presentations, workshops and meetings with federalism scholars in Toronto and Ottawa; and a week in Chicago where I’m presenting a paper at the Comparative and International Education Society’s 54th Annual Conference. Still to come – presentations at the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Conference, the Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference and Teachers College’s seminar series.  These papers present my thesis findings on education policy and federalism, as well as my research on Australian multiculturalism and ethnic organisations.