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Christopher Johnstone


Assistant Professor

Org Leadership, Policy/Dev
310K Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant St S E

Phone: 612-625-2505

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

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Christopher Johnstone is an Assistant Professor of Comparative and International Development Education. In his research he explores operationalizations of inclusiveness as they relate to both international development, education, and campus internationalization. He has worked on education or development-related projects on every continent except Antarctica, but has primarily focused his research in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. His current projects include studies of livelihoods (Kenya and Tanzania), disability identity (India), and equity issues in internationalization (University of Minnesota).


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 disability identity in India and civil society responses to such identities (funded by a UMN Global Spotlight grant), and co-Principal Investigator for a study on classroom contributions of international students in higher education, and am developing a livelihoods assessment for the non-governmental organization Educate Tanzania.

Professional Affiliation

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

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