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Ph.D. Candidate in International Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Andrew Swindell is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative and International Education program at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA. His research interests include how to achieve quality education for all people in emergency settings how school choice policy in the United States affects access and equity. Before UCLA, he worked as a foreign aid practitioner in Liberia and a K-12 teacher in Thailand and Myanmar. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University. Aside from thinking about ways to improve education globally, Andrew likes to hike, play with his dog, and coach his fantasy baseball team.


  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate in International Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education
  • 2014–2017
    Teacher, Yangon Academy
  • 2012–2014
    Teacher, Anuban Dan Chang, Thailand
  • 2009–2012
    Program Officer, JSI Research and Training Institution, Inc.


  • 2016 
    University of Missouri, M.Ed in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
  • 2009 
    Bucknell University, B.A in Economics and Religion


  • 2020
    Community-based global citizenship education in Myanmar: Providing youth an alternative to learn local and think global, Global Commons Review
  • 2020
    Comparative perspectives on international early childhood education in the context of the SDGs., In A. W. Wiseman (Ed.), Annual review of comparative and international education 2018 (Vol. 35)

Professional Memberships

  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)