Dr. Codou Diaw received her doctorate in December 2003 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (“UMBC”) in the Education department’s interdisciplinary program in Language, Literacy and Culture. She has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication from UMBC and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal.

Dr. Diaw’s dissertation is entitled, “Gender and Educational Policies in Senegal: Impact and Prospects for Girls’ Education and Women’s Literacy.” Her research interests are in gender theory and education policy, girls’ education and women’s literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa, political economy of education, cultural considerations in education policy and program design, language policy and teaching. She plans to work in education policy-making and advocacy to promote gender responsive education in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also expects to continue teaching at a university. Dr. Diaw is Senegalese. She has over eleven years of teaching experience in Africa and the US. She is a certified interpreter/translator with experience in both countries. More recently, Dr. Diaw has worked at the UNESCO office in Senegal on education issues.