Mirka Martel

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Mirka Martel

Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning

Mirka Martel is IIE’s Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) and has been with IIE since 2012. Dr. Martel has more than 15 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects on international education, leadership and development.

Dr. Martel oversees key research in international and comparative education through her own scholarly work and those of the REL Unit. Her oversight of such key resources in the international education community, such as the Open Doors project of international student mobility, continue to advance the field and provide strategic insight into the future of international education. She is the Project Director of the 10-year Alumni Tracking Study of Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP), an unprecedented study measuring the impact of international scholarship on emerging social justice leaders from marginalized communities.

Prior to joining IIE, Dr. Martel worked for JBS International, an evaluation consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. She provided technical assistance and evaluation support to teacher training programs in Latin America, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and international exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Martel is active in the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the Comparative International Education Society (CIES). She recently published a chapter on measuring impact in International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (2018).

Dr. Martel holds a Doctorate in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.