CIDE Graduate Student Profiles
Elisabeth E. Lefebvre
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Oxford, Ohio
- M.A., University of Oregon, 2012, international studies
- B.A., Miami University, 2006, history and political science
Areas of Interest
- Comparative and international education
- Childhood studies
- International critical childhood policy studies
- History, culture, and education
- Primary education in Africa
Elisabeth Lefebvre is a doctoral candidate in Comparative and International Development Education, with a minor in Sociocultural Studies in Education. Her research broadly focuses on how local and global notions of childhood have been constructed and reconstructed historically, through the practice of primary education in North and East Africa. Her dissertation takes up a neglected chapter in the history of childhood, namely, colonial constructions of childhood that simultaneously identified childhood as a developmental stage experienced by all children and a particularly precarious period for African children. Focusing on colonial Uganda, her research illuminates how notions of race and 'development' shaped educational policy for African children and how these categories continue to inform education in post-colonial contexts. Lefebvre was awarded the 2015-2016 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support her in writing her dissertation.
Beyond her historical work, while at the University of Minnesota Elisabeth Lefebvre has conducted significant research on adolescent motherhood and education in Uganda (Lefebvre, Pekol, & Krause, in press) and on the country’s nonformal education opportunities (Campbell, Krause, & Lefebvre, 2014). As a part of this research on nonformal education, she has spent two months over the past two years in Uganda working closely with colleagues from the University of Minnesota and a local NGO partner to interview approximately 40 youth. She has also served as a lead research fellow for the MasterCard Foundation Learn, Earn, Save Initiative and has done significant work analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data gathered by the research team over the past three years.
Producing the 'educated African child' in colonial Uganda schools, 1877-1963
Lefebvre, E. E., Pekol, A., Krause, B. (in press). “I would like to live a better life”: How young mothers experience entrepreneurship education. Reconsidering Development.
Thomas, M. A. M., Thomas, C. M., & Lefebvre, E. E. (2014). Dissecting the teacher monolith: Experiences of beginning basic school teachers in Zambia. International Journal of Educational Development, 38, 37-46.
Campbell, A., Krause, B., & Lefebvre E. E. with Chapman, D., DeJaeghere, J., and Pellowski Wiger, N. (2014). The MasterCard Foundation Learn, Earn, and Save Initiative: Swisscontact Year 3 synthesis report. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.
Campbell, A., Krause, B., & Lefebvre E. E. with Chapman, D., DeJaeghere, J., and Pellowski Wiger, N. (2013). The MasterCard Foundation Learn, Earn, and Save Initiative: Swisscontact Year 2 synthesis report. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.
Lefebvre, E. E. (2012). Cultural, historic, and linguistic preservation. In J. Ciment & C. Bates (Eds.), The encyclopedia of global social issues. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Lefebvre, E. E. (2011). Teaching, learning and the construction of self: Education, language and culture in Morocco. Papers, Essays, and Reviews, 3(2), 295-306.
Lefebvre, E. E. (2015). Producing the 'Educated African Child' in Colonial Ugandan Schools, 1877-1963. Paper presented at the 2015 Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Dissertation Workshop, Washington D.C.
Lefebvre, E. E. (2014). Objects to be protected, not subjects with rights: Examining the appropriation of the CRC and ACRWC in Ugandan Policy. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of CIES, Toronto, Ontario.
Lefebvre, E. E. (2013). The intersection of learned value and lived experience: Student attitudes toward multilingual education. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, LA.
Lefebvre, E. E., Krause, B., & Pekol, A. (2013). “I would like to live a better life”: How young mothers experience entrepreneurship education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, LA.
Lefebvre, E. E. (2013). Listening & listening: Student attitudes toward multilingual education. Paper presented at the Childhood & Youth Studies Collaborative, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota.
Revised August 2015