Dr. Ilham Nasser

Expert on Early Childhood and Education

Ilham has spent over 25 years in research on child development and teacher education in different settings. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Child Study from the University of Maryland-College Park and worked for several years as a classroom teacher and a school counselor. In addition, she was a faculty of early childhood education for 12 years at George Mason University. Her research agenda includes studies and publications on the topic of global teachers’ professional development and more specifically, teacher preparation and professional development in social and political contexts and ways these influence children’s outcomes. Recently, she led the modernization of the curriculum for kindergarten in Iraq and the design and development of the first national curriculum for Kindergarten in Palestine.

Currently, she is a senior researcher in pedagogy and curriculum at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Washington, DC area.