Mary Mendenhall

Dr. Mary Mendenhall is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the International and Comparative Education Program at the Teachers College of Columbia University. Her current research and program interests include: policies and practices of refugee education across camp, urban and resettlement contexts; teacher support and professional development in crisis settings, including a new project that entails teacher training, peer coaching and mobile mentoring; and the relevance and sustainability of education in emergencies interventions. Dr. Mendenhall currently serves as the Chair of the Teachers in Crisis Contexts Working Group, an inter-agency effort to provide continuous, quality professional development to teachers working in displacement contexts. Previously, Dr. Mendenhall led the partnership between the International Rescue Committee and the University of Nairobi to develop the first-ever graduate program in education in emergencies from 2009 to 2013. She also served as the network coordinator for the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) from 2005 to 2007. More information about Dr. Mendenhall’s work on refugee education at Teachers College can be found here: