John Hawkins

Professor Emeritus (1944-2020)


Director, Center for International Development Education


  • Ph.D., Education, Comparative Education, Chinese Studies, Vanderbilt University, 1973
  • M.A., Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1969
  • B.A., Honors in Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1967

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Educational policy in comparative perspective
  • Higher education reform; education and development in Asia/Pacific
  • Politics of educational reform

Select Publications

“Choices and Commitment: A Comparison of Teacher Candidates’ Profiles and Perspectives in China and the United States,” (2002) with Zhixin Su, Tao Huang, and Zhiyi Zhao. International Review of Education. Vol. 47, No. 6, pp. 611-635.

“Walking on Three Legs: Centralization, Decentralization, and Recentralization in Chinese Education,” chapter in: Decentralization in Asia, Edited by Christopher Bjork. New York: Routledge, 2002.

“Shifting Perspectives on Comparative Research: a View from the USA,” with Val D Rust. Comparative Education, Vol. 37, No. 4 (2001), pp. 501-506.

Values Education for Dynamic Societies: Individualism or Collectivism. Co-edited with William Cummings and Teresa Tatto. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2001.

Rethinking U.S.-Japan Educational Exchanges . co edited–. John Hawkins and William Cummings. New York: SUNY Press, 2000.