Main Content

Cathryn Magno

Cathryn MagnoCathryn Magno, Ph.D., Associate Professor 

Cathryn Magno, PhD., is Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department, where she teaches courses in leadership theory, leadership development, education policy, social equity, program evaluation, and qualitative research methods.



She earned her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Comparative and International Education, with a specialization in political sociology. She completed a Master of Education degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, and obtained her B.A. from Tufts University.  She holds certifications in cooperative conflict resolution from Columbia University, in mediation from the International Peace and Cooperation Center in Palestine/Israel, and in facilitation methods from the Institute for Cultural Affairs in Oakland, CA.

Dr. Magno has held numerous leadership positions across a wide range of educational and social justice organizations in the United States and abroad, and brings this global perspective to her work at Southern. Earlier in her career, she was a researcher at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, a death penalty (defense) legal investigator in San Francisco, California, and a Senior Program Officer at the International Rescue Committee in New York City where she led a national, million-dollar refugee education program.  


Dr. Magno has conducted evaluations of education programs in Bosnia and Latvia, and co-taught a program evaluation course at Teachers College for three years in which she supervised over 20 education program evaluations completed by students.  More recently, she has served as an advisor to the Ministries of Education in Azerbaijan and Mongolia seeking to advance policy in the area of educational leadership training, certification, and planning. She has conducted educational leadership seminars in New Haven, Switzerland, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Mongolia, and is currently advising teacher educators in Pakistan on education-related research projects.  She also regularly guest lectures at local universities such as Yale University, Columbia University, and New York University. 


Dr. Magno's research agenda centers on educational leadership policy, gender equity in education, and migration and education.  She has presented at over 25 national and international scholarly conferences, has published widely in international peer-review journals (seven articles), and has contributed chapters to edited volumes (two).  Her first book, New Pythian Voices: Women building political capital in NGOs in the Middle East, will soon be followed by her forthcoming book, Comparative Perspectives on International School Leadership, in 2012.  She has produced technical reports and policy papers for organizations as diverse as UNICEF and the Connecticut-based Graustein Memorial Fund, and has co-authored articles and co-presented research on educational leadership with Southern doctoral students. 


She is an active member of professional and academic organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and the Comparative and International Education Society, serves on the editorial board of two scholarly journals (Intercultural Education and European Education), and is an advisory board of member of several local and international non-profit organizations. She has received numerous grants, including a Boren National Security Education Fellowship to conduct research in the Middle East and a Swiss National Science Foundation Visiting Scholar Grant with affiliation to the Padagogische Hochsculle Zurich for research in Switzerland.


She has supervised seven doctoral students in the dissertation process and looks forward to continuing to mentor students across the programs offered in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.