Colleen Wood

Colleen Wood

Research Interest


Colleen Wood is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in comparative politics. Broadly, her research explores the relationship between the state, information, and identity. Her dissertation considers the conditions under which Central Asian states outsource elements of their education system, and in turn how education reform shapes citizens' sense of responsibility to the government. 

Prior to coming to Columbia, Ms. Wood earned a B.S. from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and served with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ms. Wood is a regular contributor to The Diplomat, where she writes about Central Asian politics and society.