College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2605
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Supriya Baily spent fifteen years working with peace, gender and development organizations in India and the United States before joining the academy, working with marginalized communities to better understand the processes of agency and voice that promote grassroots transformation.  In her role as Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University, she teaches courses in international and comparative education, gender and education, qualitative research methods and teacher education.  She is also the Associate Director for the Center for International Education. Her research interests focus on gender, education and empowerment, the role of teacher agency to support social justice issues, and theorizing qualitative research methods.

Her experiences undergird her research interests where Dr. Baily continues to explore how voice and power are manifested in and through educational practices.  Broadly, her research seeks to understand how people use their agency to engage in transformative practice.  More specifically, her focus lies with working with teachers, rural women in India and Indonesia, and in understanding what it means to decolonize research practices. 

In Bangalore, India, she was the founder and president of CRISIS — a youth mentoring organization and went on to teach in the critically acclaimed Newspaper in Education Program at The Times of India where she was the youngest workshop consultant in an equity-based education program.   Her work in New Delhi with Dhyana, focused on using the dramatic arts to bring attention to vulnerable positions of Tibetan and Burmese refugees in India.  She has worked with microcredit, women’s and youth development organizations in the U.S. where she has written grants and organized programs to enhance revenue streams including coordinating the US representation at the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999, and organizing local grassroots movements to lobby the U.S. Congress on the UN and gender related issues. 

Dr. Baily served as the Treasurer of the Comparative and International Education Society and sat on the board of the Global Teacher Education, Inc. She served a three-year term as the Co-Chair of the Gender and Education Standing Committee of CIES, and has served as the Program Chair for the Peace Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She has been awarded multiple grants for research and teaching including the US State Department, the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (with CIES Board member Dr. Halla Holmarsdottir) IREX, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, and the Global Studies Office at Mason. 

Research Interests

Key Professional Highlights

  1. Co-Editor of three books including Experiments in Agency: A global partnership to transform teacher research (2017), Educating adolescent girls around the globe: Challenges and opportunities (2015), and Internationalizing Teacher Education in the US (2012)
  2. Featured in La Scienze, the Italian edition of Scientific American, on the challenges facing girls’ education globally, November 2017.
  3. Guest Lecturer – Research Methods, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway, Conducted lectures on research methods for two PhD. Courses in research methods: Oslo, Norway, December 2016 and Kampala, Uganda, August 2017. 
  4. Outstanding Co-Author Contribution Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2017 for the article Reframing the center: New directions in qualitative methodology in international and comparative education, with Shah, P and Call-Cummings, M., in A.W. Wiseman & E. Anderson (Eds.), Annual Review of Comparative and International Education (pp. 139-164). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
  5. Visiting Faculty of Color, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.  Responsibilities included keynote address: When Leyla had an idea: An experiment in agency to transform teacher research; meetings with students, meetings with dean and faculty as well as visits and informal talks with various university centers – February 2017.
  6. Keynote speaker at the Girls and Dropout Prevention: Strategies and Interventions (2015). USAID School Dropout Prevention Summit. Washington, DC.
  7. Conducted workshops and developed curricula for international delegations on gender and/or education issues in the US, Norway, Uganda, India and the UK. 
  8. She has consulted with the World Bank, FINCA International and has provided research expertise at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway on a frequent basis. 
  9. Repeat guest speaker on the FreshEd and Strength Faction podcasts.
  10. Summer 2014 Seminars and Special Topics Award for EDUC 597-797 Gender and Sustainable Development.  
  11. Selection to the Mason Social Justice Faculty Learning Community, Center for Faculty Teaching Excellence, 2013-2014
  12. Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 for the article “Framing the World Bank Education Strategy 2020 to the Indian Context: Alignments, Challenges, and Op” published in International Perspectives on Education and Society.   
  13. Outstanding Dissertation Award in Education, George Mason University, 2008
  14. Doctoral Awards include: Ph.D. Fellowship, George Mason University, 2006-2008, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, George Mason University, 2007, & Graduate Student Travel Fund Grant, 2006-2007
  15. Outstanding Student of the Year, NMKRV Junior College for Women, Bangalore. 1991

Recent Publications


Baily, S., Shahrokhi, F. & Carsillo, T. (Eds.) (2017).  Experiments in agency: A global partnership to transform teacher research. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.  

Stacki, S. L. & Baily, S. (Eds). (2015). Educating Adolescent Girls Around the Globe: Challenges and Opportunities.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Shaklee, B. D. & Baily, S. (Eds.). (2012). Internationalizing teacher education in the United States.  Lanham: MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. 


Baily, S.  (2018).  Appraising the ingredients of the interpreter/researcher relationship. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education.  DOI:

Seeberg, V., Baily, S., Khan, A., Ross, H., Wang, Y., Shah, P., & Wang, L. (2017). Frictions that activate change: dynamics of global to local non- governmental organizations for female education and empowerment in China, India, and Pakistan, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2017.1296815.  

Shaklee, B., Mattix Foster, A. A. & Baily, S.  (2017).  Globalization: Defining the terrain.  In N. Aloni & L. Weintrob (Eds.), Beyond Bystanders: Educational leadership for a humane culture in a globalized reality (pp. 105-115).  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.  

Baily, S. (2017).  Back to the Shire: At journey’s end: Lessons learned through a global education partnership. In S.Baily, F. Shahrokhi & T. Carsillo (Eds.).  Experiments in agency: A global partnership to transform teacher research (pp. 221-230). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Baily, S., Shahrokhi, F, & Carsillo, T. (2017).  The story of the fellowship: An international partnership between teachers and researchers.  In S.Baily, F. Shahrokhi & T. Carsillo (Eds.). Experiments in agency: A global partnership to transform teacher research (pp. 1-10). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Baily, S. & Katradis, M. (2016).  “Pretty much fear!!” Rationalizing teacher (dis)engagement in social justice education.  Equity & Excellence in Education. 49:2, 215-227, DOI: 10.1080/10665684.2016.1144833

Baily, S. & Holmarsdottir, H. B. (2015).  The quality of equity? Reframing gender, development and education in the post-2020 landscape.  Gender and Education. 27, 826-845.   Doi:10.1080/09540253.2015.1103842

Baily, S. Shah, P. & Call-Cummings, M. (2015).  Reframing the center: New directions in qualitative methodology in international and comparative education. In A.W. Wiseman & E. Anderson (Eds.), Annual Review of Comparative and International Education (pp. TBD). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Baily, S.  (2015) Identifying structural changes from within: Emancipatory narratives exploring community constraints to women’s education and empowerment in rural India.  Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival. 9, 175-188. doi: 10.1080/15595692.2015.1044085Baily, S., Hathaway, D., Katradis, M., & Isabel, M. (in press). Finding their Voice: Immigrant teacher experiences in the U.S Classroom.  In C.Schlein and B. Garii (Eds.), Narrative and critical lenses on intercultural teaching and learning, (pp. TBD).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.       

Baily, S., & Merz, S.A. (2015). Conducting fluid and timely research in youth activism – Understanding lessons from India.  In S. Bastien and H.B. Holmarsdottir (Eds.), Youth at the margins: experiences from engaging youth in research worldwide (pp. TBD). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publications B.V.

Baily, S. (2015).  Who gets left behind? The fate of the unrepresented in the wake of US-India higher education partnerships.  Policy Futures in Education: Special Issue: Indian Education at the Crossroads of Postcoloniality, Globalization and the 21st C Knowledge Economy, 13(2), pg. 273-286.  

Baily, S.  (In press).  Emerging from the shadows: Countering the marginalization of rural adult women in development and education programs.  In E. Brown & P. Gorski (Eds.), International Perspectives on Poverty (Vol. 7).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.   

Baily, S. (2013).  Our actions are louder than words: Gender, power, and a grassroots movement towards peace.  In R. Amster & E. Ndura (Eds.), Exploring the Power of Nonviolence .   Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.      

Baily, S. (2012).  Framing the World Bank Education Strategy 2020 to the Indian context – Alignments, challenges and opportunities.  In C. Collins  & A.W. Wiseman (Eds.), Education strategy in the developing world: A conversation about the World Bank’s education policy development and revision.  In International Perspectives on Education and Society Series (Vol. 16). (pp. 371 - 393). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Baily, S. (2011).  Trajectories of influence: Extending Paulston’s ideas to the framework of gender, power and community development.  In J. C. Weidman & W. J. Jacobs (Eds.), Beyond the Comparative: Advancing Theory and Its Application to Practice (pp. 217-234). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 

Baily, S. (2011).   Speaking Up: Contextualizing  women’s voices and gatekeepers’ reactions in promoting women’s empowerment in rural India.  Research in Comparative and International Education, 6(1), 107-118.

Baily, S. (2009). Can You Eat Peace?   Addressing development needs and peace education in Gujarat, India.  In E. Ndura-Ouédraogo & R. Amster (Eds.), Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action (227-241). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Baily, S. (2009).  Playing catch up: Leveling education for young adolescent students in India.  In S. Mertens, V. A. Anfara, Jr. & K. Roney (Eds.), An international look at educating young adolescents: The handbook of research in middle level education (73-96). Charlotte, NC: International Age Publishing.

Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States

Other Information

Ph.D. International Education - 2008, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Dissertation: Sharing power: how nonformal education for women shapes the perceptions and attitudes of community leaders — A case study in India.
M.A. International Development Studies - 1997, The George Washington University
Focus: International Education
B.A. Social Work - 1995, University of Delhi & University of Nevada, Reno
Minor: Womens Studies