Loyola University Chicago

Center for Comparative Education


The Center for Comparative Education (CCE) at Loyola University Chicago is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to bringing a global perspective to research on educational policy and practice. We work on projects and contribute to initiatives that will advance the field of comparative and international education and bring social justice concerns into education around the globe.

‌Current Projects

Supporting Comparative Education Research

With a Spencer Foundation Grant ($50,000, October 2015-December 2016), CCE Director Professor Noah W. Sobe is leading a team of researchers to study the different ways that "merit" has been understood in different countries.  Professor Sobe, along with Dr. Giovanna Barzano (Institute of Education, University College London, UK), Dr. Jinting Wu (University of Macau, China) and  Dr. Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA) are investigating Educational Merit on a Global Stage: The History and Conceptualization of Merit and Educational Meritocracy in China, Italy, Russia and the United States.

Supporting Engagement with the Field

In August 2016, with the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, the CCE is pleased to be one of the sponsors of the 2016 ISCHE 38th Annual Conference which is being jointly co-convened by Professor Noah W. Sobe and and Professor Kate Rousmaniere (Miami University Ohio).  We expect over 400 historians of education from around the globe to join us at Loyola's Water Tower Campus August 17-20th.


For more information see ische.org/2016 and follow on twitter @ische2016

The CCE is pleased, alongside the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, to be the host university for the 2017 CIES Annual Conference taking place in Atlanta, GA March 5-9, 2017 under the leadership of CCE Director and CIES President-Elect Professor Noah W. Sobe.


For more information see cies2017.org and follow on twitter @cies2017

Supporting Outreach and Knowledge Mobilization

The CCE has launched a blog, http://blogs.luc.edu/cce/, that aims to provide relevant and timely information on important issues in comparative and international education, as well as the international higher education sector.

Past Projects

The CCE, in collaboration with the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Globalization and Education SIG (Special Interest Group), has hosted several webinars.  This included a 2012 session on "Ethnography and the Research Agenda for Studying Globalization and Education" (recording available here).  The Globalization and Education SIG webinar series continues under current SIG leadership.  Click here for more details.

(CIECAP) Comparative and International Education Course Archive Project—From 2006 to 2011, under the direction of Professor Erwin H. Epstein, the CCE hosted the CIECAP project, a collection of introductory course outlines in comparative education as well as an on-line database of salient features of these courses as taught at universities around the world. The CIECAP project continues today under the auspices of the CIES Teaching Comparative Education SIG at http://www.ciestcesig.org/ciecap/