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Dr. Jeffrey Ayala Milligan is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Sociocultural & International Development Education Studies. He is also the Director of the Center for International Studies in Educational Research and Development for the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University.
Dr. Milligan’s research explores the challenges posed by religious tensions in the educational systems of multicultural, religiously diverse communities in the United States and Southeast Asia. He is the author of two books – Islamic Identity, Postcoloniality and Educational Policy: Schooling and Ethno-Religious Conflictin the Southern Philippines (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Teaching at the Crossroads of Faith and School: The Teacher as Prophetic Pragmatist (Lanham: University Press of America, 2002). He is the co-editor of Citizenship, Identity and Education in Muslim Communities: Essays on Attachment and Obligation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and author of more than thirty refereed articles in Philosophy of Education, Comparative Education Review, Journal of Thought, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Education Review, Educational Policy, and other academic journals.
He typically teaches courses such as Multicultural Education, Philosophy of Education, Religion and Education, and Comparative Education.
He has been the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Fellowships (Philippines, 1999 and Malaysia, 2006), a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a Coolidge Fellowship from the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. He has also received research and development grants totaling more than $7 million.
Dr. Milligan is a fellow and past Executive Director of the Philosophy of Education Society and a member of the International Network of Philosophers of Education and the Comparative and International Education Society. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.