Faculty & Staff Directory
Title: Assoc Professor U Of M
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Areas of Expertise
Planning and Social Policy in Education; Human Service and Social Welfare Policies and Practice
EdD, Harvard University
Professional Publications & Contributions
Professor Stefanos has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at UMass Boston since 1989. Currently, she teaches Sociocultural Foundations of Education at Curriculum and Instruction Department, CEHD. She also teaches the following human services courses in the College of Liberal Arts: Professional Responsibility & Ethics, History of Social Welfare, and Case Management in Human Services and Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence. Courses that she offered in the past were in the areas of education, gender, economic development and national politics, and the literature of immigration and exile. Her research interests and published work has concentrated on education in third world societies, with a focus on Africa and gender concerns. Professor Stefanos has published several articles and book chapters on Eritrean official educational policies based on written documents and interviews with relevant Eritrean policy makers. She has coupled this investigation into official policies with extensive field research, in which Eritrean women delineated their experience with and an assessment of their nation’s educational system. Professor Stefanos has published work that analyzes Guinea Bissau’s effort to incorporate women in its formal and non-formal educational systems, guided by Amilcar Cabral’s worldview and Paulo Freire’s ideas of pedagogy.