Rhoten is the research director of the Hybrid Vigor Institute, a
nonprofit educational organization committed to solving complex
problems related to the environment, human health, and human perception
by enabling and enhancing interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
The work of the Institute educates, exposes, and engages individuals
and organizations interested in the practices and benefits of interdisciplinary
research and collaboration through a variety of services which can
be tailored to meet their needs.
Rhoten joined Hybrid Vigor in June 2000. In addition to overseeing the overall research agenda, she is also the lead principal investigator for Hybrid Vigor's National Science Foundation-funded pilot project that is conducting an ethnographic and social network analysis of environmental interdisciplinary research centers. She brings
to the Institute skills and experience related to organizational
change and learning, knowledge sharing and management, interdisciplinary
research methods, and program implementation and evaluation. She
can be contacted at [email protected].
addition to her responsibilities at the Institute,
Rhoten is also an assistant professor (acting) at the Stanford University
School of Education where she teaches courses in international development,
educational policy, and applied interdisciplinary research methodologies.
From September 1999 to September 2001, she was also the director
of the Master's program in international comparative education at
the Stanford University School of Education.
from Massachusetts, Rhoten came to California in 1994 to pursue
a doctoral program in education at Stanford University. Since enrolling
in the program, her research has focused on the social, economic
and cultural processes of globalization and their impacts on education
and social policy in North and South America. As a Fulbright Scholar,
Rhoten spent a year (1997-1998) in Argentina conducting research
for her dissertation, Global-Local Conditions of Possibility: The
Case of Education Decentralization in Argentina. Following her work
in Argentina as well as in Chile, Honduras, Uruguay, and the United
States, in 1998 Rhoten was awarded the Stanford University Lieberman
Fellowship which is given annually to a handful of doctoral students
selected from across the university on the basis of their promise
as a scholar, teacher, and leader in the academic community.
graduated from Stanford University in 1999 with an M.A. in Sociology
(Organizational Studies) and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Policy,
and Educational Practice (International Comparative Education).
She has since authored and co-authored several articles, studies,
and reviews focusing on multi-level and multi-method policy analysis,
program implementation and evaluation, and organizational change.
She has also lent her expertise in these areas as a consulting research
methodologist, policy analyst, and implementation specialist to
a number of international and national organizations, including
the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International
Labour Organisation, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education,
and the Ford Foundation, as well as several national governments
in North and South America.
relocating to California, Rhoten was a policy analyst and the director
of international education and economic development for the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts from October 1992 to August 1994. In this position
she advised the Secretary of Education and the Governor on policies
and programs related to international education, economic/workforce
development, adult education, and community and youth service. She
prepared and secured a five-year federal grant to implement statewide
school-to-work system ($33 million), managed youth, adult, and community
education/training programs, oversaw the educational components
of international trade missions, and developed and implemented international
education and training programs (e.g., student loan programs, institutional
exchanges, research collaborations).
working for Governor Weld's administration, Rhoten attended the
Harvard University Graduate School of Education where she earned
an M.Ed. in International Development Education in 1992. In addition
to having studied international relations as an undergraduate at
Brown University (1984-1988), Rhoten's interest in the field of
international development and education had been spurred by her
experiences living and working as a teacher and international development
research assistant in Japan between college and graduate school.