My name is Elena Aydarova. I am an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations at Auburn University. My interdisciplinary scholarship lies at the intersections of educational policy, anthropology of education, and teacher education. My research explores transformations in educators’ work from three perspectives. First, I examine technocratic policies that seek to transform the teaching profession and the professional preparation it requires in various contexts around the world. Second, I explore how to prepare educators for working with racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students. Finally, I document how educators contest neoliberal reforms and advocate for public education.

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My book Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas came out in 2019 with SUNY Press. It examines the theatricality of educational policy-making and the contradictions of teacher education reforms based on globally-circulated policy scripts. The book received a 2020 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association, a 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education, and a 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education.