Nancy Kendall

Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Kendall specializes in comparative, international, and global education policy. She is affiliated with the African Studies Program, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Development Studies Program, and Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily lives. Research projects have examined Education for All, gender and schooling, political democratization and educational governance, structural adjustment and education, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, and childhood, vulnerability, and marginalization in education. Kendall has conducted extended research in Malawi, Mozambique, and the U.S., and has conducted shot-term research in Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe. Kendall was a 2009 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and has received research support from the Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, TAG Philanthropic Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others.

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Nancy Kendall quoted on proposal for free community college by Nicholas Tampio, "There is No Such Thing as Free Community College" Al Jazeera America, August 3, 2015.
Nancy Kendall quoted on Walker's proposed changes of tenure and governance to the UW system by Pat Schneider, "Scott Walker Wants UW to Run More Like a Business" Cap Times, June 16, 2015.
Nancy Kendall quoted on politics invading higher education by Latoya Dennis, "Gov. Walker Proposal Would Weaken Tenure in Wisconsin" Milwaukee Public Radio, June 16, 2015.
"What Will be Lost When Wisconsin Faculty Loses Tenure?," Nancy Kendall, Newsweek, June 9, 2015.
"What Else Will We Lose When Wisconsin Faculty Loses Tenure?," Nancy Kendall, The Conversation, June 9, 2015.
Nancy Kendall quoted on the need for universal community college by David Leonhardt, "Obama’s Community-College Plan: A Reading List" New York Times, January 9, 2015.


The Sex Education Debates (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Draws on ethnographic research in five states to reveal important differences and surprising commonalities shared by purported antagonists in the sex education wars, and illuminates the unintended consequences these protracted battles have, especially on teachers and students.