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Dr. Helen N. Boyle is an Associate Professor of Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Center for International Studies in Education Research and Development (CISERD) at FSU’s Learning Systems Institute.
Dr. Boyle’s research explores the evolving role that Islamic educational institutions in North and West Africa and the Middle East are playing in advancing national and international development goals with regard to education and literacy. Her doctoral dissertation, funded through a Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, is an ethnographic study of Moroccan Qur’anic preschools. Her dissertation received the Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation from the Comparative and International Education Society in 2001 and informed her book, Quranic Schools: Agents of Preservation and Change (2004, Routledge Falmer). She has published articles on Islamic education and development in refereed journals such as the Comparative Education Review and the Review of Faith in International Affairs, as well as several book chapters.
Within the College of Education, Dr. Boyle teaches in the Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies (SIDES) program, offering courses such as: International Development Education, the Design and Management of International Development Education Projects, and Schooling in Developing Countries. Within the Learning Systems Institute, Dr. Boyle is the Principal Investigator on three, ongoing, multi-year development education projects in Indonesia and Nigeria, with a combined value of over 2.5 million dollars. She is also co-Principal Investigator on the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Landscape Report on Early Grade Reading (expected July 2016),which will inform USAID education policy and practice both in Washington, DC and countries receiving USAID assistance in education.
Dr. Boyle is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society, the American Anthropological Association, the American Educational Research Association and the Middle East Studies Association. She has also acted as a guest reviewer for submissions to Anthropology and Education Quarterly, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, and Educational Researcher, as well as book submissions from Sage Open and Palgrave.
Dr. Boyle’s doctorate is in Comparative and Social Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh (2000), with a focus on International Development Education and a minor in anthropology.