Dr. Lisa Damaschke-Deitrick joined the Comparative and International Education Program at Lehigh University as a Professor of Practice in January 2016. Prior, she was a visiting research scholar at Lehigh for two years. She received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the University of Tübingen, Germany, her M.S. in International Relations at the Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Dr. Damaschke-Deitrick teaches courses in comparative and international education for Master and PhD-students. In her research, she focuses on how education is used as a solution or cure-all for various societal issues. Her research areas include educational poverty policies primarily in education systems in Europe and other welfare states with the focus on early-school leavers. She also conducts research on socio-economic issues arising through the refugee influx and on the educational policies and practices designed to facilitate refugee youth’s participation in their new communities of resettlement. She has been part of a team supporting refugee capacity-building and teacher training. She is also part of a research group investigating the global phenomenon of “scientization” in education.