Claudia Milena Díaz Ríos


Dr. Díaz Ríos employs an institutional perspective to study the effects of global-local politics and education governance reforms on school improvement and change. She has collaborated with international and national non-government organizations in projects related with student achievement and educational inequality. She has also served as consultant for the Colombian education ministry with a particular focus on secondary education. Her current project compares the effects of publicly subsidized private schools on student achievement in Colombia and Argentina. In her next project, Dr. Díaz Ríos plans to study the effect of governance structures on school responses to South-to-South migration in Latin America.


Current status: Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Next January 2018, Dr. Díaz Ríos will start her position as Assistant Professor at OISE, University of Toronto.
Research interests: Education policy, Privatization, Accountability, Global-local relationships, Governance, Educational organizations, Secondary education, Latin America
Dissertation: When global ideas collide with domestic interests: the politics of secondary education governance in Argentina, Chile and Colombia
PhD, Political Science, McMaster University, 2016
MA, Education and Social Science, FLACSO-Argentina, 2010
B.A. Honors, Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2002


Díaz Ríos, Claudia Díaz, Michelle L. Dion, and Kelsey Leonard. 2018. “Institutional Logics and Indigenous Research Sovereignty in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.” Studies in Higher Education 0 (0): 1–13.
Díaz Ríos, Claudia. 2018. “Domestic Coalitions in the Variation of Education Privatization: An Analysis of Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.” Journal of Education Policy, April, 1–22.
Díaz Ríos, Claudia. 2016. “Foreign Prescriptions and Domestic Interests: A Comparison of Education Reform in Argentina and Chile.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 0 (0): 1–16.
Díaz Rios, Claudia Milena. 2017. “La Traducción de Las Ideas Globales En La Gobernanza de La Educación Secundaria En Colombia.” Universitas Humanística, no. 83: 31–56.
Díaz, Ríos Claudia. 2012. “La Política de Articulación Entre La Educación Media y La Superior. El Caso de Los Programas de La Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá.” Revista Investigación y Desarrollo 20 (231–53).
Gómez, Víctor, Claudia M. Díaz Ríos, and Jorge Celis. 2009. El puente está quebrado: aportes a la reconstrucción de la educación media en Colombia. Bogota: Editorial Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


– 2017-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, OISE University of Toronto, $140,000
– Outstanding Dissertation Award, Comparative and International Education Society (LASIG), $500
– 2015 International Excellence Award, McMaster University, $5,000
– 2012 International Excellence Award, McMaster University, $8,500
– 2012-2016 Doctoral Award ‘Francisco José de Caldas’ – COLCIENCIAS Colombia, $200,000