Stephen Heyneman is professor emeritus of international education policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. A well-known expert in the field of international education policy, his most recent research interests include the effect of higher education on social cohesion, the international trade in education services, and the economic and social cost to corruption in higher education.

Heyneman served the World Bank for 22 years in multiple capacities, working on issues of education quality, effectiveness, and policy design as well as the training of policy leaders around the globe. He has studied or consulted on education policy in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.

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