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Kristen J. Molyneaux

Program Officer, Development and Education

Kristen leads the Foundation’s work on Girls’ Secondary Education in Developing Countries program.

She joined the Foundation in 2013 as a Program Officer in the Girls’ Secondary Education (GSE) where she focused on the Foundation’s East Africa and global engagement work to strengthen policy and the evidence base for secondary education in developing countries. In 2015, she moved into a leadership role and currently oversees the strategic trajectory of the GSE portfolio in its entirety.

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 to improve 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 while also publishing scholarly articles on the importance of role models for young women interested in pursuing STEM related 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 and school culture within resource-poor school environments.

Kristen obtained her bachelor’s 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. In addition, Kristen 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