Erin Murphy-Graham works in the field of comparative and international education. Her research focuses on three inter-related areas: 1) the process by which education can foster the empowerment of girls and women, and the theorization of what empowerment entails; 2) the role of education in changing how students relate to others, particularly in their intimate relationships and in building trust; 3) the rigorous evaluation of educational programs that have demonstrated potential to empower youth and adults in Latin America. She is currently engaged in a longitudinal mixed methods study investigating the impact of a sports-based life skills training program for youth in Guatemala and Honduras.
Dr. Murphy-Graham is the author of Opening Minds, Improving Lives: Education and Women's Empowerment in Honduras (Vanderbilt University Press, Spring 2012) and her articles have appeared in journals including Comparative Education Review, International Journal of Educational Development, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, International Review of Education, Gender and Education, and the American Journal of Evaluation
Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Dr. Murphy-Graham was an Assistant Professor of International Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She has worked as a consultant to government agencies and NGOs in Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua, and the Caribbean. At Berkeley, she teaches courses on education and international development and qualitative research methods.
Adolescence, alternative schooling, cultural studies, democratic education, diversity, educational equity, ethnic issues, experimental design in education, family issues, gender equity, international education, moral and ethical studies, multicultural education, parenting, parenting issues, policy analysis and evaluation, politics of school structure and governance, public engagement, qualitative methods, reform issues, research methods, school and non-school learning contexts, schooling in the global economy, social and emotional development.