Esther Gottlieb

Esther Gottlieb

Esther Gottlieb

Senior Adviser for International Affairs


124 Enarson Classroom Building
2009 Millikin Road
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, International and Comparative Education (1987)
  • M.A., Case Western Reserve University, Counseling and Student Development (1976)
  • M.A., University of Akron, Geography (1972)


Esther Gottlieb is an international education specialist involved in implementing and evaluating education plans. At Ohio State she has worked with faculty from across campus on Clusters of Interdisciplinary Research on International Themes and with education outreach and program evaluation for the area study centers. Her experience with teacher education reform and training educators has spanned from the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv to the Ohio Global Institute, a multi-university, multi-organization collaborative that trains educators in internationalizing across the curriculum.

Gottlieb teaches comparative school systems, globalization and education, and education for development.  Recently she has been involved in policy research on double university degrees, evaluating students' global competencies, and internationalizing the student learning experience, in the Colleges of Engineering, Social Work, and Public Health at Ohio State.  Her current project is, Liminality and In-Betweenness: A Minority in a Majority Society: The Case of the Negev Bedouin. 

Her research centers on the discursive practices of education and on the analysis of reforms and polices. Among her publications are Identity Conflicts: Can Violence be Regulated? (ed. with J. Craig Jenkins, Routledge, 2007); Education and Social Change in Korea, with Don Adams; "Making Education World-Class: 'ThinkGlobalOhio,'" in Prospects (2012); "Are We Postmodern Yet? Historical and Theoretical Explorations in Comparative Education," in International Companion to Education (Routledge, 2000); "Appalachian Self-Fashioning: Regional identities and Cultural Models," in Discourse; "Global Rhetoric, Local Policy: Teacher Training Reform in Israeli Education," in Educational Policy; and "The Discursive Construction of Knowledge: The Case of Radical Education Discourse," in Quantitative Studies in Education.

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Media Links

Mershon Center: Two Mershon affiliates receive reciprocal exchange awards (2017)
Mershon Center: Business peace collaborative wins USIP grant (2013)

Mershon Projects

Hydropolitics: Water Scarcity and Security, with Bryan Mark (2015-16)
Peace Education and Training Repository, with John Carlarne (2013-14)
Cultural Circulations, with Amy Shuman (2005)
Deprivation, Violence and Identities, with J. Craig Jenkins (2003-04)