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Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski

Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Dr. Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Education and International Development in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the Florida State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Center for International Studies in Education Research and Development (CISERD) in the Learning Systems Institute.

Dr. Zuilkowski’s research focuses on improving the quality of basic education in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as on the long-run relationships between health problems and educational outcomes. Her dissertation examined the impact of a randomized control trial of two interventions—one aimed at improving literacy instruction and a second providing malaria screening and treatment—on primary school children’s dropout patterns in rural Kenya. She has authored refereed articles that have been published in Comparative Education Review and AIDS, among other journals.

In her current role with Florida State University, Dr. Zuilkowski teaches courses in the Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies (SIDES) program. Dr. Zuilkowski received the Society for Research in Child Development’s Dissertation Research Award in 2012 and was awarded the Outstanding Research Proposal Award from the Caribbean and African Studies special interest group of the American Educational Research Association in 2013.

Dr. Zuilkowski is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society, the American Educational Research Association, and the Society for Research on Child Development. She has recently served as a guest reviewer for several journals, including the International Journal of Educational Development, AIDS Care, and the British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Dr. Zuilkowski received her Doctor of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013.


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    Assistant Professor, Florida State University