About Me

Arlene Benitez serves as Director of the Center for International Education, Development, and Research (CIEDR) at Indiana University’s School of Education and leads the USAID-funded Impact Evaluation of Psychosocial Support on Children’s Well-being, Literacy, and Math Outcomes in the Integrated Essential Emergency Education Services Activity, through the LASER PULSE network. She has previously served as Program Director for the Masters in Education in Emergencies Program (MEP) at the University of Juba to prepare educational leaders in South Sudan and assisting South Sudanese universities and the education system to promote social cohesion, peace building, and conflict mitigation and the South Sudan Higher Education Initiative for Equity and Leadership Development (SSHIELD) program aimed at increasing gender equity and women’s leadership in South Sudan. During her time at Indiana University, she has also managed international education projects in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Estonia, Turkey, Armenia, Malawi, Ecuador, and India. Prior to her work at IU, Ms. Benitez started her career as social studies and English teacher in Los Angeles and later held the position of Assistant Director for Civitas International Programs at the Center for Civic Education, a U.S. based NGO, where she managed civic education partnerships in Latin America, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East. Her academic interests include education in conflict and crisis settings, citizenship and human rights education, and gender inclusive education.