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Gillian Hampden-Thompson

Professor of Education, University of Sussex

Having joined the School of Education and Social Work in November 2014, I lead the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research. Having both a background in research and teaching, I was previously the Director of Research in the Department of Education at the University of York (2008-2014) and a research analyst and project leader at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC (2004-2008). Prior to embarking on her graduate studies, I was a secondary school teacher in the UK.

Working across a broad range of educational projects, my research broadly addresses issues surrounding social justice. I applies a range of methods and approaches in her research including working on projects that involve quantitative analyses of large-scale data, randomized control trials, and process evaluations.

I hold three degrees in the field of Education, including a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy, and Comparative and International Education (dual title degree) from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.


  • –present
    Professor of Education, University of Sussex


  • 2004 
    Penn State University, USA, PhD Education
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