In her role as assistant director, Petrina Davidson works on assessment and evaluation of Iacocca Institute programs and helps coordinate the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
Petrina has a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education (CIE) from Lehigh University; an M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University; and a B.A. in English and Education from the University of Tulsa. Her research interests include the institutionalization of education, curriculum in post-conflict societies, education for refugees and marginalized populations, measures of teacher quality, and the internationalization of higher education.
Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Petrina worked for one of the largest school districts in Oklahoma, where she taught high school English for four years and served as the district's secondary English curriculum coordinator for one year. Throughout her Ph.D. program, she served as an editorial assistant for the Annual Review of Comparative and International Education, an executive representative for the Tubingen-Lehigh International Partnership (TuLIP), a research associate and teaching assistant for the CIE program at Lehigh University and as a research assistant for the Office of International Affairs. She was also a member of the Lehigh Education Advancement and Development (LEAD) Team, which conducted work with Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda and Teach First Deutschland in Germany. Petrina was awarded the Graduate Student Life Leadership and College of Education Graduate Student Leadership and Service Award in 2017.