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206 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Undergraduate Studies:

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Christopher Johnstone

Assistant Professor

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
211B Burton Hall


Office Hours:
Mondays, 9:00am-12:00pm or by appointment

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota, comparative and international development education
M.S., Syracuse University, special education
B.S., State University of New York, Plattsburgh, special education


Areas of Interest

Inclusive Education
International Development
Internationalization of Higher Education
Intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Internationalization


My scholarly work focuses on ensuring access and opportunity for all learners in education systems. For most of my professional life, I have been engaged in projects that support learners who are excluded from educational opportunities by identifying systemic barriers to full participation. In this capacity, I have engaged with non-governmental organizations, taught in K-12 schools, and lectured in higher education settings. My work has primarily focused on sub-Saharan Africa but I have consulted numerous times for UNICEF in post-Soviet republics and the Middle East on issues of inclusive education. From 2008-2015, I served as Director of International Initiatives for the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. During this time, I supported learning abroad initiatives for students, developed opportunities for international student engagement, negotiated Memoranda of Agreement with international partners, and supported faculty research through overseeing competitive grant programs. Through my first-hand knowledge of the process of internationalization of higher education, I seek to further my research to examine how such processes can be conducted inclusively, with a particular focus on the connections between diversity and international agendas for higher education. My current research projects reflect my varied interests. I serve as the co-lead for Kenya in the OLPD “Learn, Earn, Save” project (funded by MasterCard Foundation), am Principal Investigator of a study of constructions of inclusive development in India (funded by a UMN Global Spotlight grant), am co-Principal Investigator for an inclusive education partnership project at Yerevan State University, Armenia (funded by UNICEF).

Professional Affiliation

  • Affiliate Faculty Member, Master’s of Development Practice (Humphrey School of Public Affairs)


Updated November 28, 2016