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Steven J. Klees

R. W. Benjamin Professor of International & Comparative Education, University of Maryland

STEVEN J. KLEES ( is the R. W. Benjamin Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Maryland. He did his Ph.D. at Stanford University and has taught at Cornell University, Stanford University, Florida State University, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. He was a Fulbright Scholar on two occasions at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. Prof. Klees' work examines the political economy of education and development with specific research interests in globalization, neoliberalism, and education; the role of aid agencies; education, human rights, and social justice; the education of disadvantaged populations; the role of class, gender, and race in reproducing and challenging educational and social inequality; and alternative approaches to education and development. Prof. Klees is co-editor of the book The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives (Sense, 2012).


  • –present
    Professor, International Education Policy, University of Maryland