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Dr. Lauren DeCrosta

Dr. Lauren DeCrosta


Department: GSSW


Dr. Lauren DeCrosta is a Lecturer in the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit. Prior to joining the IGDS: NBU, she was a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and the George Washington University, where she taught graduate courses on gender, education, and international development.

Dr. DeCrosta brings professional experience in international development from her work at the Inter-American Development Bank and other non-profit organizations along with experience in survey methodology from her work as a Survey Statistician with the U.S. Census Bureau. She also served as President and Vice-President of Programs of the Census Women Count Chapter of Federally Employed Women.

Her research interests are primarily focused in four areas: gender and international development, gender in international education, feminist pedagogy, and alternative approaches to education and development. These interests have led her to conduct research on a variety of topics, including her doctoral dissertation, which was a qualitative study that applied feminist research methods to examine the individual and institutional factors that support marginalized and minoritized women graduate students’ success in STEM fields within the context of U.S. higher education institutions.


PhD – International Education Policy, University of Maryland

MA – International Training and Education, American University

BA – Dual degree in International Affairs (Concentration in Conflict and Security Studies); Spanish Language and Literature, The George Washington University


Research Areas

Gender and international development, gender in international education, feminist pedagogy, alternative approaches to education and development

Teaching Areas

Feminist Methodology and Epistemology

Gender and Sexuality

Select Publications

O’Meara, K. & DeCrosta, L. (2016). More than a zero sum game: Shared work agreements. In A. Kezar & D. Maxey. (Eds.). The faculty for the 21st century (pp. 130-142). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

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