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Iveta Silova

Iveta Silova

Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

May Lou Fulton Teacher's College
Arizona State University
PO Box 37100
Phoenix, AZ 85069-3151


  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College


Iveta Silova is professor and director of the Center for the Advanced Studies in Global Education at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative education and political sociology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, USA. 

Born and raised in Soviet Latvia, Professor Silova has a unique first-hand experience of the events leading up to the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Since then, she has been fascinated with learning how different countries have responded to the postsocialist transformations. Her research has aimed to reveal the multiple meanings and processes of postsocialist education transformations through numerous articles and books, including Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life (2018), How NGOs React (2008), Globalization on the Margins (2011), and Postsocialism is not Dead (2010). By contesting a common expectation that postsocialist societies would inevitably converge towards Western norms (through the mechanisms of international development), these edited volumes and her related research conceptually (re)frame postsocialism as open, plural, and inevitably uncertain. More broadly, Professor Silova's research raises a series of important questions:

  • What rationalities underpin the logic and define the purpose of education transformations in various postsocialist contexts? How are global norms actually understood, experienced, and interpreted in postsocialist contexts? And, more broadly, how do postsocialist imaginaries function to simultaneously promote and challenge global norms?
  • How can we (re)imagine research and methods to articulate new theoretical insights about postsocialist education transformations in the context of globalization?
  • How can we move beyond Western epistemologies to decolonize knowledge production and being? 

Before coming to ASU, Professor Silova was a professor at Lehigh University for seven years. Prior to her academic work in the U.S., she worked as an education researcher and adviser for various international organizations, including UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, and the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundations. She has spent seven years living and working in various countries of the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia (Kazakhstan), the Caucasus (Azerbaijan), and Belarus. Her long-term goal is to continue to bridge the traditional theory/practice dichotomy by engaging in meaningful and ethical collaborations between academics, policymakers, and education practioners in different "development" contexts.



  • PhD, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, 2002
  • MPhil, International and Comparative Education, Columbia University, 2000
  • MEd, International and Comparative Education, Columbia University Teachers College, 1997
  • MA, Education Administration and Leadership, Columbia University Teachers College, 1996
  • BA, Linguistics, University of Latvia, 1994




Leight, R. L., I. Silova and F. Aktas. 2016. Lehigh University College of Education: 100 Years of Excellence. College of Education, Lehigh University. Bethelem, PA.


Silova, I. 2006. From Sites of Occupation to Symbols of Multiculturism: Reconceptualizing Minority Education in Post-Soviet Latvia. Information Age Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1593114626.