Visiting Scholars

Current Visiting Scholars


Emon Nandi

Emon Nandi

Dr. Emon Nandi is an Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. She completed her Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2018. In her Ph.D thesis, she studied the influence of funding mechanisms on educational quality. Her primary research interests are in the areas of economics of education, organization and leadership in universities, and the linkage between labor market and higher education.

As a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow in CIHE, Boston College, Emon intends to study how global university rankings and performance based funding trigger changes in the role of leadership in the universities. She would also like to look at the impact of these changes on universities’ culture, academic freedom, selection of students and faculty, allocation of resources and social inclusion.

Emon is passionate about folk-art and crafts of India. As a social scientist, she loves travelling to interior villages of India to interact with the community members. 

Tabasum Wolayat

Tabasum Wolayat

Dr. Wolayat Tabasum (Niroo) works as a research associate at Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University. Dr. Tabasum is also an international development expert focusing on gender and higher education policy and practice in Afghanistan. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar who worked on technology education as a pathway to the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries, Afghan women’s folk tradition, international students’ experience in the United States, and quality assurance and accreditation policy in Afghanistan's higher education.  

Before that, she was Director of Admissions at the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, working closely with USAID and the Afghan Government on managing an extensive scholarship program. She also worked for the Afghan civil service and was responsible for drafting Afghanistan’s first gender policy, which was implemented at a national level. Early in her career, she was a reporter for the BBC in Afghanistan. She has recently completed her Ph.D. in Education at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. She holds an MPhil in sociocultural anthropology from Oxford University, a BA in Gender Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a BA in Science and Mathematics from the University of Kabul, Afghanistan.  

As a Postdoctoral Fellow in CIHE, Boston College, Tabasum attempts to study quality assurance and accreditation policy in Afghanistan’s higher education from a neo-colonialist perspective. She also intends to analyze Afghanistan’s higher education policies to find the fault-lines in closing gender and ethnic gaps in the system. 

Johnson Muchunguzi Ishengoma

Johnson Muchunguzi Ishengoma 

Johnson Muchunguzi Ishengoma is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam, where among other courses he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in educational administration and management, educational leadership and planning and policy, planning and administration. He obtained his doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), and was also a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Boston University (USA) in 1998-1999.

He has also been a visiting (research) scholar at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain) (2017), University of Bergen (Norway) (2009) and Mount Kenya University (Kenya) (2019). He is an immediate former Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations, Management and Lifelong Learning of the School of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam, the position he served for six years and four months.

He has researched and published extensively in higher education in Africa and has undertaken consultancy assignments on higher education issues in Africa for both international and local organizations such the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Organization for the Social Science Research in Africa (OSSREA), African Association for Higher Education Financing Agencies (AAHEFA), Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), UNESCO/IIEP, Winrock International, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Tanzania), the University of Dar es Salaam and Controller and Auditor General (Tanzania) among others.