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Jules, Tavis D.

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, International Higher Education

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1106, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6616


CV Link: Jules CV

External Webpage: http://www.luc.edu/education/videos/archive/julespodcastcaribbeaneducpolicy.shtml


Dr. Tavis D. Jules is an Assistant Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, specifically focusing on Comparative and International Education and International Higher Education.  He has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses at Loyola. He received his MA (2004) in International Educational Development, specializing in Peace Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. He then went on to receive both an Ed. M. (2005) and Ed.D. (2008) in International Educational Development—International Educational Policy Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to arriving at Loyola, Dr. Jules held a variety of positions internationally. From 2009-2011 he worked as the Head of Knowledge and Communication for the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), where he was responsible for developing fundraising, communication, marketing, and education programs. He also worked as a curriculum specialist (2008-2009) for Freedom House in New York, New York, where he wrote, coordinated, and edited an online curriculum manual and learning portal for educators teaching about democracy and freedom in Iran.

His vast professional and academic experiences have led to research interests in regionalism and governance, transitory spaces, and policy challenges in small island developing states (SIDS). He also has written a plethora of book chapters ranging on topics from post-revolutionary higher education reforms in Tunisia to post-socialist conversions in the global South. His most recent book is Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies: Regionalization in the Global South – the Caribbean Community (Peter Lang, 2012).  


Ed.D., Columbia University, New York, NY

Program Areas

  • Cultural and Educational Policy Studies
  • Comparative/International Education
  • International Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Regionalism and Governance
  • International Cooperation and Education
  • Leadership, Ethics, and Sustainability
  • Gender Education and Development
  • Comparative and International Education Policy Studies
  • Economic Integration and Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Policy Challenges in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • International Political Economy of Education in Emerging and Frontier Markets

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • Mid-West Political Studies Association
  • The Caribbean Journal for International Relations and Diplomacy, The University of the West Indies, Book Review Editor 

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 405 Foundations of Educational Policy and Practice 
  • ELPS 455 Comparative Education
  • ELPS 458 International Education
  • ELPS 555 Seminar in Comparative Education: Governance International Organizations
  • ELPS 555 Seminar in Comparative Education: Human Rights and Education
  • ELPS 555 Seminar in Comparative Education: Sustainability, Ethics and Development


  • Loyola University Chicago, School of Education Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2018)
  • Stimulating Multidisciplinary Research at Loyola’s Lakeside Campuses, Loyola University Chicago (2014)
  • Dean of the School of Education Technology Grant, Loyola University Chicago (2014)
  • Summer Research Stipend, Loyola University Chicago (2013, 2014)
  • Research Fellowship to Conduct Research in Tunisia, Loyola University Chicago (2012)

Selected Publications

  • Jules, T. D. (2015). Educational exceptionalism in small (and micro) states: Cooperative educational transfer and the case of TVET. Accepted at Research in Comparative and International Education.
  • Jules, T. D., & Barton, T. (2014). Educational governance activities and the rise of educational contagion in the Islamic Maghreb. The case of Tunisia. InterDisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology, 2, 1–29. doi:10.2390/indi-v5-i2-121
  • Jules, T. D. (2014). Open regionalism and education in small (and micro) state: The Caribbean Community revisited. Globalisation, Societies and Education 12(4), 474-497. doi:10.1080/14767724.2013.861708
  • Jules, T. D. (2013). Going trilingual: Post-revolutionary socialist education reform in Grenada. Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Relations. 102(5), 459-470. doi:10.1080/00358533.2013.833731
  • Jules, T. D. (2013). Ideological pluralism and revisionism in micro-state: The erection of the Caribbean education policy space. Globalisation, Societies and Education 11(2), 258-275. doi:10.1080/14767724.2013.782194
  • Jules, T. D. (2012). Re-reading the anamorphosis of educational fragility, vulnerability, and strength in small states. Current Issues in Comparative and International Education 1(15), 5-13.
  • Jules, T. D. (2012). Neither world polity nor local or national societies: Regionalization in the global south – the Caribbean Community. Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang.