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Noah W. Sobe

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Presenting a paper on "Liberal Education for
Civic Deliberation and Human Flourishing" at a
conference in Santa Clara, Cuba (February 2012)

Teaching a Course on the Philosophy of
Education in Rome, Italy (May 2011)


Professor Sobe is a comparative education researcher and historian of education.  He is an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), the US History of Education Society (HES), the International Standing Conference on the History of Education (ISCHE), and the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES).

He has served as President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (2017-2018) and on the Executive Committee of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) (2012-2018).  With Cathryn Magno (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) he co-edits the journal European Education, the official journal of the Comparative Education Society in Europe.

Professor Sobe is on leave from Loyola and working on the Future of Learning and Innovation team at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. 

2005 Ph.D. Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Minor in Educational Policy Studies
2000 M.A. International & Transcultural Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY, U.S.A.
1993 B.A. History & International Relations, Tufts University, Medford, MA U.S.A.

Professor Sobe has worked as a teacher at the middle school level, teaching in Poland 1994-1995 and in New York City 1996-1999.  An interest in East/Central and Southeastern Europe has led to his involvement in educational development projects in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Serbia/Montenegro.  This has also led in many ways to an interest in the international circulation of educational policies and practices. Professor Sobe's dissertation research examined Yugoslav student and teacher travel in the 1920s and 1930s based on archival research conducted in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro.

On the faculty at Loyola University Chicago since Fall 2004, Professor Sobe teaches regularly at Loyola's overseas campuses in Rome, Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City and has held numerous faculty leadership positions at Loyola, including as Chair (2014-2016) of the University Senate.  His community service activities include serving on the board of directors of The Village Project Inc and the Raven Theatre.

Professor Sobe is on the editorial boards of Paedagogica Historica, Educational Policy Analysis Abstracts EPAA, Espacio, Tiempo y Educación (Spain), Cadernos de História da Educação (Brazil), Journal for Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (Italy), Pedagogia Oggi (Italy) and the Hungarian Educational Research Journal. He is also a series editor of Studia Educationis Historica (Peter Lang) and Global Histories of Education (Palgrave).

[Downloadable PDF of complete Curriculum Vitae].

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