Sarah Dryden-Peterson is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on the connections between education and community development. She examines issues such as the role of social institutions in immigrant/refugee integration, the connections between education and family livelihoods, and transnational institution-building. Her work is situated in conflict and post-conflict settings in sub-Saharan Africa and with African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. She is concerned with the interplay between local experiences of children, families, and teachers and the development and implementation of national and international policy.

Sarah’s new book, Educating Children in Conflict Zones

is now available from
Teachers College Press.
bookThe book’s “new ideas give promise
 to children living in conflict for the chance at a quality education, a better future, and lives of peace.”
—Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Awarded the Joyce Cain Award for distinguished research on African descendants,

Sarah’s article, “Bridging Home: Building Relationships Between Immigrant and Long-Time Resident Youth,” videowas featured on Teachers College Record video journal,
The Voice .


Now Available,prepub

Refugee Education monograph
Sarah presented on this work at the Executive Committee meetings of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva (See Video). This critical review forms the basis of the 2012-2016 UNHCR Education Strategy.