Oxford Education Research Symposium

Oxford Education Research Symposium
10 August 2022
St John's College, University of Oxford

Featuring a Special Session on Education Finance

Deadlines for the 810 August 2022 Symposium

Abstract submission: 27 June

Registration payment deadline: 11 July

The Oxford Education Research Symposium is a forum for the presentation of papers and discourse by scholars who have a particular interest in the theory and practice of universal education. For Symposium purposes, the nature of education research is defined broadly, encompassing the various aspects of the productive expansion of knowledge.


You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion on an aspect of education, or you may wish to participate as a non-presenting observer. Your disquisition must adhere to an abstract of about 300 words approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium.


You are also encouraged to submit a full paper, in keeping with your abstract, which may be published in an appropriate journal or book of conference proceedings. All papers presented for publication or inclusion in books or sponsored journals will be subject to peer review by external readers.

Keynote Speakers

A photo of keynote speaker, Dr. F. King Alexander Dr. F. King Alexander

Dr. F. King Alexander is an academic scholar and a national leader in higher education funding and public policy. He has been a frequently invited expert witness in US Senate and US House of Representatives Congressional hearings and has contributed to many mainstream news sources such as The Financial Times, The Economist, The Hechinger Report, The Washington Post, Insider Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Politico, and Policy Matters. He has co-authored numerous books including Maximizing Revenues in Higher Education and Financing Public Schools: Theory, Policy and Practice. He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts and a notable alumnus of St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford. He has also served as a public university president and chancellor at four large public universities in four different U.S. states for over two decades. 

A photo of Dr. Stephen Katsinas Dr. Stephen Katsinas

Dr. Stephen (Steve) Gregory Katsinas is Director of the Education Policy Center (EPC) at The University of Alabama, where he also serves as a Professor of Higher Education and Political Science. The Center is UA’s oldest center or institute.


Dr. Katsinas earned his bachelor’s in History from the University of Illinois, and his Master’s in History and doctorate in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University. He worked for U.S. House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Paul Simon, and wrote the background report for the first hearings on Hispanic Access to Higher Education. From 1985 to 1987, Katsinas directed UA’s Institute of Higher Education.


At the University of Alabama, he heads the Education Policy Center, which has produced 32 issue briefs and reports on access, finance, and governance issues. He has also authored or coauthored 7 books and monographs, and 28 articles since 2005 on access, finance, and governance issues.


His most recent book, published in 2022 by Harvard Education Press, is co-authored by Nathaniel J. Bray and Martha J. Kanter. Educating the Top 100 Percent assesses the decline of higher education funding and offers ambitious policy recommendations to restore accessible, affordable education for all. The authors probe the complex interplay of federal, state, and local policies and illustrate how government actions have, over time, contributed to the long-term slide of US education attainment. The book demonstrates how stable, sustainable funding policies can scaffold a better public higher education system for all.


A photo of Dr. Walter McMahon Dr. Walter McMahon

Dr. Walter McMahon is an economist engaged in research, writing, and guest lecturing on education and development, education financing, and macroeconomic analysis. His primary fields are the Economics of Education and Macro Economic Theory (unemployment, inflation, and growth).


He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Education Finance Association. His recent books are The External Social Benefits of Higher Education (Forthcoming 2022), Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University Press (2017), winner of the PROSE Award for the best book published in Education, Education and Development: Measuring the Social Benefits by Oxford University Press (2002), Education and Development, an edited 4 volume reference work by Routledge (2012), and Improving Education Finance in Indonesia, UNICEF & Government of Indonesia (2002).


His most recent book, Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education, published in 2017 by Johns Hopkins University Press, examines the chronic underinvestment in higher education and its serious ramifications for both individuals and society. A college education has long been acknowledged as essential for both personal success and economic growth. But the measurable value of its nonmonetary benefits has until now been poorly understood. In Higher Learning, Greater Good, leading education economist Walter W. McMahon carefully describes these benefits and suggests that higher education accrues significant social and private benefits.


Distinguished Guest

A photo of distinguished guest, Dr. Charles Mould Dr. Charles Mould

The Oxford Education Research Symposium is pleased to welcome Dr. Charles Mould as a Distinguished Guest at the August 2022 meeting.


Dr. Charles Mould is Emeritus Fellow at St Cross College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He served as Secretary of the Bodleian Library from 1980 to 1995.

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