Phoebe Shambaugh

Thesis title

Gendered schooling and Schooling Gender: Evolution of gendered programming as security in refugee and humanitarian education.


My MA research asked how actors engaging with education under humanitarian frameworks engage (or not) with the implications of power and politics inherent to educational relationships. Within that project, gender proved to be an aspect where these issues were explicitly recognized and debated by actors. This project follows on from that, taking an historical perspective to look at how gender is negotiated in the space of humanitarian / emergency education between aid workers and beneficiaries and its potential influence on securitized approaches to gendered education.


  • Prof. Bertrand Taithe (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Professor in Cultural History)
  • Dr. Susie Miles (Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education, Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)

Research interests

Sociology of education, education theory, critical pedagogy, humanitarian principles, education in emergencies, refugee education, anthropology of the state.

Previous background

I have several years professional and semi-professional experience in the education sector including for a social enterprise company based in Kenya and teaching EFL courses for an NGO in the West Bank.

I have also worked as a researcher with the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) during my MA and thereafter, and have recently finished a one year Associate contract with the ICRC in Geneva, working in the Protection division.

Previous education

  • MA in Anthropology and Sociology (of Development), Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement / The Graduate Institute, Geneva
    • Thesis: “Educating a Lost Generation: Power and Politics in Humanitarian Education”
  • BA with a major in History (Honors), minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of Chicago
    • Thesis: Long Live Ghana Sport: Soccer and Nation-Building in Post-Colonial Ghana

Why I'm doing a PhD at HCRI

Having come through a variety of disciplinary programs and worked in and around my topic area, I appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of HCRI and the possibility to draw on a wide variety of both disciplinary, academic expertise from inside and outside the department and professional experience in the field.

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