Talya Zemach-Bersin is the Education Studies Senior Capstone Coordinator and a Lecturer in Education Studies. As a historian of the U.S., she studies the political, social, and cultural dimensions of education. She teaches the Education Studies seminars Empire & Education, and Education and the Culture Wars, in addition to EDST400 & EDST410, the yearlong senior capstone sequence. “Prof. TZB” also teaches the Education Studies Colloquium for newly admitted Scholars.
Zemach-Bersin received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2015 and her BA from Wesleyan University. She is currently working on her first monograph, Education and the Making of American Globalism: 1898-1950, forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Her research has been supported by the New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War, the Council on International Educational Exchange, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and Brown University’s Pembroke Center.
For excellence in teaching, she was awarded the Yale University Prize Teaching Fellowship. In addition, her dissertation was awarded the Yale University John Addison Porter Prize and the History of Education Society’s Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize. In addition to teaching courses at Yale since 2012, Prof. TZB has taught Gender Studies and American Studies at both Wesleyan University and Brown University.
Zemach-Bersin has published several articles and book chapters on international education, including “Selling the World: Study Abroad Marketing and the Privatization of Global Citizenship” in the Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad, “Entitled to the World: The Rhetoric of U.S. Global Citizenship Education,” in Postcolonial Perspectives of Global Citizenship Education, and “Global Citizenship Education and the Making of America’s Neoliberal Empire,” in The Global Citizenship Nexus.
She lives in New Haven with her partner and their very bad dog, Frankie.