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Elena Aydarova

Auburn University

Elena Aydarova, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Social Foundations at Auburn University. Her interdisciplinary scholarship lies at the intersections of educational policy, anthropology of education, and teacher education. Dr. Aydarova’s research focuses on transformations in teaching and teacher education; the involvement of advocacy organizations in educational reform; teacher preparation for culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students; as well as educators’ policy advocacy. She is a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship, American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, the Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellowship from the Council of Anthropology and Education, a Global Teacher Education Fellowship from the Longview Foundation, as well as a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship. She has authored over 30 publications, including the award-winning book “Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas” (2019, with SUNY Press).

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