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Kristen J. Molyneaux

Program Officer, Development and Education

Kristen Molyneaux is a Program Officer in the Girls’ Secondary Education in Developing Countries Initiative/Program.

Kristen’s grantmaking portfolio is focused on the Foundation’s work on secondary education internationally and includes programming in East Africa as well as our global engagement work focused on strengthening policy and the evidence base for secondary education.

Kristen brings a wealth of experience through her work at multiple levels within the education arena. She was a classroom teacher in low performing inner-city schools in both New York City and Boston, is a trained ethnographer and qualitative researcher, and has experience conducting on the ground educational program evaluation both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Kristen was a Program Officer at the Firelight Foundation where she worked with community based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa focused on improving educational programming to better reach vulnerable populations. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory where she taught graduate courses on international education development and policy and published scholarly work focused on the importance of role models for young women interested in pursuing STEM related studies and careers. Kristen was a Peace Corps Volunteer in both Uganda and Cape Verde where she worked extensively with primary and pre-primary teacher training programs focused on improving the quality of teacher methodology within resource poor classrooms.

Kristen obtained her undergraduate degree in Science Education from SUNY Oswego and her Master’s degree in Socio-cultural International Development Education Studies from Florida State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies—Comparative International Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received the Herbert Kliebard Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Education. She also received the Comparative International Education Society’s Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation in 2012.

Kristen J. Molyneaux works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries