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Anne CampbellAnne Campbell

Doctoral Student
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Previous Education

Areas of Interest


Hi, my name is Anne Campbell and I'm a CIDE doctoral candidate. My research interests are in international higher education and international development, specifically on the relationship of overseas scholarship and fellowship programs and the students’ home country social, economic, and political development. I am also interested in the ways that universities are "internationalizing," student mobility, international partnerships, and social change.

My interest in these areas is fueled firstly by my experience as an international student at the University of Nottingham, where I completed my master’s in critical theory and cultural studies. Secondly, I managed an international undergraduate scholarship program that promoted youth social justice and entrepreneurism, especially in the context of higher education, in 14 countries. I also have worked in humanitarian aid, with international development agencies, and for the U.S. federal and the State of Iowa governments. Given my years of government and NGO experience, I am also particularly interested in bridging the gap between practitioners and researchers.

Dissertation Topic

My research examines international higher education scholarships, which are increasingly viewed as effective tools for the development of low- and middle-income countries. The implied logic of these programs is that a country’s top students gain knowledge overseas and “give back” at home, thereby spurring economic and social change. Despite the growth of these programs, little research is available about why some countries see students return to leadership positions, while others observe “brain drain.” My dissertation topic compares Georgian and Moldovan scholarship alumni to understand how they “give back” to their home countries from home or abroad and the conditions that influence their ability to affect change.

Selected Presentations

Campbell, A. (2015). Residing in Moldova or living abroad: How Moldovan scholarship alumni conceive of “giving back” to their home country. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Washington, D.C.

Campbell, A. (2014). Higher education and national development. Invited lecture at Balti State University, Balti, Moldova.

Campbell, A. (2014). International higher education scholarships: A discursive model. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto, Canada.

Luizzi, A., Campbell, A., & Ssenyonga, J. (2014). Exploring entrepreneurship training through a human capabilities approach: An analysis of youth financial literacy in east Africa. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto, Canada.

Campbell, A. (2013, March). Motivations and strategies for facilitating student engagement at home and abroad. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Revised June 2015