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Ph.D. in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania

Ed.M. in International Education Policy, Harvard University

B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University


Research Interests

My research investigates learning, instruction, and assessment in the Global South and how the appropriate use of technology can better support positive learning ecologies. My current research interests include early grade reading models in developing countries, the effects of education policies and organizational structures on student outcomes, and the application of advanced technologies for education.


EPS380: Education and Social Justice

EPS530: Education and Globalization 

EPS590: Information and Communication Technologies for Education Development in Global Perspective

CI446: Culture in the Classroom


  • T Technology (General)
  • education
  • artificial intelligence
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • evaluation methodologies
  • learning
  • assessment
  • equity
  • policy
  • literacy

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Research Output

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Working paper

Early-grade reading support in rural South Africa: A language-centred technology approach

Castillo, N. M. & Wagner, D. A., Jun 15 2019, In : International Review of Education. 65, 3, p. 389-408 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Advancing human development for youth in Mexico: Constraints and opportunities.

    Castillo, N. M., Fierro-Villa, A. & Tapia Quintana, D., 2018, Adolescent Psychology in Today's World: Global Perspectives on Risks, Relationships, and Development. Nakkula, M. (ed.). ABC-CLIO

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Mind, Society, and Behavior

    Wagner, D., Buek, K., Adler, A., Castillo, N. M., Tuz Zahra, F., Lee, J., Chittamuru, D. & Lee, S., 2016, In : Comparative Education Review. 60, 3, p. 601-603

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Open Access