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About Jody Lynn McBrien Ph.D.

Dr. Jody Lynn McBrien received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies, focusing on comparative and international education, from Emory University in 2005. She is an associate professor at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus, teaching undergrad and graduate courses in Social and International Contexts of Education. Dr. McBrien was awarded an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy in May 2013. This opportunity allowed her to live in Wellington for most of 2014 to gather research on refugee resettlement policy and practice in New Zealand. Her policy report is available at
Dr. McBrien's research interests led her to work with resettled refugee students and families living in Georgia and Florida since 2002. Early in 2010, she began working with students at the Buduburam (Liberian) Refugee Camp in Ghana. Later that year, she traveled to northern Uganda to conduct a qualitative needs assessment in Lira and Gulu, Uganda, where she and colleagues interviewed over 200 students, former child soldiers and abducted girls, teachers, administrators, NGO and CBO staff, and government officials to gain a perspective of the post-war needs and challenges in the region. She has returned annually to add to her research and service to the community. McBrien and a colleague from Lesley University and several women leaders from Lira published Cold Water: Women and Girls of Lira, Uganda in 2015 with Fountain Press.
McBrien will be a visiting scholar at Soka University in Tokyo from April-July 2017. In addition to her teaching, she hopes to examine the pilot project of refugee resettlement in Japan. Additionally, she has applied for a 2018 Fulbright to conduct research at Sussex University in England with Linda Morrice and other experts in refugee resettlement at the university.


August 2016 - Present Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Florida
Present Associate Professor of Education, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Ian Axford (NZ) Fellowship in Public Policy, 2014
  • USFSM Faculty Service Award, 2013
  • Community Engaged Researcher Award, Florida Campus Compact, 2012
  • USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award, 2011
  • Emory University Humanitarian Award, 2004
  • Delegate to the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa
  • Rotary International Graduate Fellowship Recipient to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1980


  • Honors Seminar: Migration
  • International and Multicultural Perspectives in Education
  • Schools and Society (Critical Pedagogy)

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Articles (10)

Ezati, B. A., McBrien, J. L., Stewart, J., & Ssempala, C. (in press). Ebbs and flows: Factors related to parent involvement with education in Northern Ugandan. Australasian Review of African Studies.

Book Chapters (6)

McBrien, J. L. (2016). Refugees and asylum seekers. A. Peterson, R. Hattam, M. Zembylas, & J. Arthur (Eds.), The Palgrave international handbook of education for citizenship and social justice. Palgrave MacMillan.

Books (1)

McBrien, J. L., & Byers, J. (Eds.) (2015). Cold water: Women and girls of Lira, Uganda. Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers

Other - web publications (1)