Jill Koyama



Jill Koyama, a cultural anthropologist, is Associate Professor in Educational Policy Studies and Practice and Program Coordinator of Educational Leadership at the University of Arizona (UA). She has a joint faculty appointment in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies and is affiliated with several interdisciplinary programs across UA. Jill is the Faculty Fellow for the Women’s Gender Resource Center and recently became also the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies. Her research focuses on the impact of social policy on the lives of refugees and other newcomers. She applies critical ethnography to the study of policy and politics associated with civil and human rights and the persistent segregation and marginalization of racial and linguistic minority children.

Her book, Making Failure Pay: High-Stakes Testing, For-Profit Tutoring, and Public Schools, was published in 2010 by The University of Chicago Press and US Education in a World of Migration: Implications for Policy and Practice, co-edited with Mathangi Subramanian, was published in 2014 by Routledge Press. Her work also appears in several journals, including American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Educational Researcher. Jill has also published Op-Eds in CNN, Reuters, The Guardian, and Ms. Jill is a 2018 Erasmus Circle Fellow and was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Service/Outreach Award by the UA’s College of Education. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Faculty Award by UA’s Asian American Faculty, Students and Alumni Association.