The University of Iowa

Dr. Supriya Baily

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for International Education, George Mason University

School's Out - What Happens When School's Not Enough?

7:00 p.m. | Friday, April 12, 2019 (reception at 6:00 p.m.)
Hyatt Place Hotel, 255 E. Court Street, Iowa City

The Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture is part of the annual Provost’s Global Forum at the University of Iowa.

Demand for education is far outpacing supply and around the world, we are asking schools to do more than they ever have done before. But support for schools as institutions of transformation and revolution are in short supply and tensions around policies that open up opportunities are seen as threats to the status quo. What do we do when the idea of school is popular, but the practice of school is one of compliance and completion?


Supriya Baily spent fifteen years working with peace, gender, and development organizations in India and the United States before joining the academy, working with marginalized communities to better understand the processes of agency and voice that promote grassroots transformation.  In her role as associate professor of education at George Mason University, she teaches courses in international and comparative education, gender and education, qualitative research methods, and teacher education.  She is also the associate director for the Center for International Education. Her research interests focus on gender, education, and empowerment, the role of teacher agency to support social justice issues, and theorizing qualitative research methods.

Her experiences undergird her research interests where Dr. Baily continues to explore how voice and power are manifested in and through educational practices.  Broadly, her research seeks to understand how people use their agency to engage in transformative practice.  More specifically, her focus lies with working with teachers, rural women in India and Indonesia, and in understanding what it means to decolonize research practices. 

In Bangalore, India, she was the founder and president of CRISIS — a youth mentoring organization and went on to teach in the critically acclaimed Newspaper in Education Program at The Times of India where she was the youngest workshop consultant in an equity-based education program.  Her work in New Delhi with Dhyana is focused on using the dramatic arts to bring attention to vulnerable positions of Tibetan and Burmese refugees in India.  She has worked with microcredit, women’s and youth development organizations in the U.S. where she has written grants and organized programs to enhance revenue streams including coordinating the U.S. representation at the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999, and organizing local grassroots movements to lobby the U.S. Congress on the UN and gender related issues. 

Dr. Baily served as the treasurer of the Comparative and International Education Society and sat on the board of Global Teacher Education, Inc. She served a three-year term as the co-chair of the Gender and Education Standing Committee of CIES, and has served as the program chair for the Peace Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She has been awarded multiple grants for research and teaching including from the U.S. State Department, the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (with CIES Board member Dr. Halla Holmarsdottir), IREX, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, and the Global Studies Office at George Mason University. 

Supriya Baily


About Joel Barkan


Joel Barkan was a serious scholar of the politics of Africa who, after his retirement from the university in 2005, went on to have a second career in Washington, D.C., as a consultant with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the World Bank, and the Agency for International Development.  He also served for several years as senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Many of the university’s faculty, staff, and administrators knew him also as a creative program-builder who made lasting contributions to international studies at the university and to the regular discussion in Iowa City of changing political, economic, and social circumstances in the world.  UI faculty members who were his colleagues and who teach international studies proposed that Joel Barkan be recognized in a named annual campus lecture.  The first annual Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture was given in 2015. 



Past Lectures in Series


2018 - William S. Pretzer, senior curator for history for the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
“A Darker Presence”: Interpretive Goals and Collecting Strategies in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (video recording of lecture)

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice.


Gautam Yadama


2017 - Gautam Yadama, dean and professor at the Boston College School of Social Work

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, Women’s Health & the Environment: Going Up in Smoke.


H.E. Valon Murtezaj


2016 - H.E. Dr. Valon Murtezaj, deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Kosovo

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination.


Dr. Shibley Telhami


2015 - Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Featured in the Provost's Global Forum, The Arab Spring in a Global Context.