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Noah W. Sobe
Associate Professor, Cultural and Educational Policy Studies

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Presenting a paper on "Liberal Education for
Civic Deliberation and Human Flourishing" at a
conference in Santa Clara, Cuba (February 2012)

Teaching a Course on the Philosophy of
Education in Rome, Italy (May 2011)


Professor Sobe is a comparative education researcher and historian of education.  He teaches a range of courses in Loyola's Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program and also serves as the Director of Loyola's Center for Comparative Education.  Professor Sobe is the Chair of Loyola's Cultural and Educational Policy Studies Program and also the School of Education's International Higher Education program.  He is an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), the History of Education Society (HES), the International Standing Conference on the History of Education (ISCHE), the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), as well as CReATE, Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education.

Professor Sobe was elected to the Board of Directors of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (2012-2015) and presently serves as the CIES Treasurer (2013-2015). He is also serving a term (2012-2015) on the Executive Committee of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE). In 2013 he served as the international convenor of the New Times for Curriculum thematic group at the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) XV Congress (Buenos Aires, June 2013) and is presently co-Program Chair of AERA Division B.2. Decolonizing, Transnational, and Indigenous Inquiry (Chicago, April 2015).

2005 Ph.D. Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Minor in Educational Policy Studies
2000 M.A. International & Transcultural Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY, U.S.A.
1993 B.A. History & International Relations, Tufts University, Medford, MA U.S.A.

Professor Sobe has worked as a teacher at the middle school level, teaching in Poland 1994-1995 and in New York City 1996-1999.  An interest in East/Central and Southeastern Europe has led to his involvement in educational development projects in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Serbia/Montenegro.  This has also led in many ways to an interest in the international circulation of educational policies and practices. Professor Sobe's dissertation research examined Yugoslav student and teacher travel in the 1920s and 1930s based on archival research conducted in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro.

On the faculty at Loyola University Chicago since Fall 2004, Professor Sobe teaches regularly in the School of Education's Rome summer program at Loyola's Beijing campus and has held numerous faculty leadership positions at Loyola, including as Chair (2014-2015) of the University Senate.  His community service activities include serving on the board of directors of The Village Project Inc.

Professor Sobe is the co-editor of the journal European Education, which is affiliated with the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), and he currently serves on the editorial board of Paedagogica Historica, Espacio, Tiempo y Educación [Spain], Cadernos de História da Educação [Brazil], and is one of the Editors of the Peter Lang book series Studia Educationis Historica.

2013 Summer Research Stipend, Loyola University Chicago
2012 Spring Semester Research Sabbatical, Loyola University Chicago
2011 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, School of Education,
Loyola University Chicago
2009 Faculty Fellowship, Center for the Human Rights of the Child,
Loyola University Chicago
2008 Summer Research Stipend, Loyola University Chicago
2008 Spring Semester Research Sabbatical, Loyola University Chicago
2007 Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Award, Foreign Affairs Canada
2006 Junior Scholars Training Seminar (East European Studies), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
2006 Summer Research Stipend, Loyola University Chicago
2000-2002 Spencer Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship

[Downloadable PDF of complete Curriculum Vitae].

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