Ozen Guven

Ozen Guven, Ph.D., is an applied research and policy evaluation advisor at Education Northwest with almost 15 years of experience in education research, evaluation, and practice in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in qualitative research, working at the intersections of teacher effectiveness, equity in education, social and emotional learning (SEL), migration and forced displacement, and education in emergencies. Before joining Education Northwest, Ozen worked as a consultant for development and humanitarian agencies, conducting research and evaluation to support evidence-based education programming in crisis-affected settings, such as Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. Some of her previous projects focused on education in the contexts of forced migration (American Institutes for Research), child development and psychosocial well-being (Save the Children), teacher effectiveness and SEL (Catholic Relief Services), and conflict mitigation (U.S. Agency for International Development). In addition, she has extensive classroom teaching experience. Trained as an ESL teacher, Ozen has worked with diverse groups of disadvantaged learners, including refugee and migrant students in the U.S., ethnic minority students in Turkey, and refugee children on the Turkish-Syrian border. Ozen earned a doctorate in international development and education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

I am passionate about conducting policy-relevant research that helps improve educational practices for disadvantaged populations and empowers communities.