Principals as Peacemakers: The role of educational leadership in stabilizing Thailand’s southernmost provinces. This study explores schooling in areas of violent conflict, with Southern Thailand’s separatist violence providing a unique context in which to explore the role leadership plays when moderated by two specific contextual dimensions: violent conflict of a separatist movement and the tension of ethno-religious difference. These inter-cultural differences play a central role in Thai school leadership, whether the principal is a Thai Buddhist or Thai Muslim. This ongoing project seeks to explore how government school leaders go about their work despite the threat of violence, which will help us better understand the work of school leaders in areas troubled by violent conflict, ultimately calling for a rethinking of the skills and attitudes needed to lead schools in areas of conflict.
Exploring the development of American-Muslim Identity. This research project explores what an exemplary Islamic school is like while also seeking to better understand how the school develops an American Muslim identity in its students.