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Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson

Professor Emeritus

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Research Areas

    • Governance and decision making in educational institutions
    • Comparative international education, emphasis on Latin America
    • Knowledge transfer and multi-national corporations in Mexico


PhD Educational Administration and Latin American Education 1968
University of New Mexico
MEd Educational Administration 1963
University of Illinois, Urbana
BS Social Science Education, Business (minor) 1961
University of Illinois, Urbana


Academic Appointments:

  • University of California, Riverside: Professor of Education and Management 
  • University of Palermo (Argentina): Professor of Higher Education
  • Harvard University: Research Associate
  • University of New Mexico: Research Assistant
  • Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia): Instructor 


Professor Hanson has been a visiting scholar at several international universities including: the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia; Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela; the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture in Madrid, Spain; and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.

Professor Hanson has been a consultant on topics of educational reform in developing countries for UNESCO, UNDP, USAID, USIA, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. He has conducted research or consulted in the USA, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Spain, Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.


(since 1989)
Hanson, "Decentralization and Regionalization in Educational Administration: Comparisons of Venezuela, Colombia and Spain," Comparative Education, Vol. 25, No. 1, 1989, pp. 41-55.

Hanson, "Administrative Reform in the Egyptian Ministry of Education," Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 28, No. 4, 1990, pp. 46-62.

Hanson, "School-Based Management and Educational Reform in the USA and Spain," Comparative Education Review, Vol. 34, No. 4, 1990, pp. 523-537.

Hanson, "Educational Restructuring in the USA: Movements of the 1980s," Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 29, No. 4, 1991, pp. 30-38.

Hanson, "Decentralizacion y regionalizacion en educacion: Lecciones del pasado para el futuro," La Educacion, Vol. 35, No. 108-110, 1991, pp. 1-8.

Hanson, "Educational Marketing and the Public Schools: Policies, Practices, and Problems," Educational Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1992, pp. 19-34. An abridged version published in Executive Summary of California Education, Vol. 1, No. 10, 1993.

Hanson; Henry, Walter; Hough, David, "School-to-Community Written Communications: A Content Analysis," Urban Education, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1992, pp. 132-151.

Hanson; Henry, Walter, "Strategic Marketing for Educational Systems," National Association for Secondary School Principals Bulletin, Vol. 77, No. 556, 1993, pp. 79-88.

Hanson, "Governance: Relations Among Levels of Government," The International Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd ed., Pergamon Press, 1994.

Hanson, "Democracy, Decentralization and School-Based Management in Spain," La Educacion, Vol. 38, No. 2, 1994, pp. 319-334 (with Carolyn Ulrich).

Hanson, "Democratization and Decentralization in Colombian Education," Comparative Education Review, Vol. 39, No. 1, 1995, pp. 100-119. Reprinted in Spanish by the Institute for the Development of Democracy, Bogota, Colombia, 1995, occasional paper. Reprinted in Spanish in Politeia, No. 17, 1995, pp. 108-123; Journal of the Faculty of Law, National University of Colombia.

Hanson, "Best (and Worst) Practices in Educational Decentralization: The Cases of Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Spain," The World Bank, Occasional Paper, No. 6/8, June, 1995, pp. 4-12.

Hanson, "Educational Change Under Autocratic and Democratic Governments: The Case of Argentina," Comparative Education, Vol. 32, No. 3, 1996, pp. 303-317.

Hanson, "Educational Reform and the Transition from Authoritarian to Democratic Governments: The Cases of Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, and Spain," International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1997, pp. 439-448.

Hanson, "Educational Decentralization: Issues and Challenges," Inter-American Dialogue, Occasional Paper Series, November 1997. An abridged version published as "Decentralizacion educational: Aprendizaje de tres decadas de experiencia," Santiago, Chile, PREAL, 1999.

Hanson, "Strategies of Educational Decentralization: Key Questions and Core Issues," Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 36, No. 2, 1998, pp. 111-128

Hanson, "Educational Decentralization Around the Pacific Rim," Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2000, pp. 406-411.

Hanson, Educational Decentralization in Spain: A Twenty-Year Struggle for Reform, (Education Reform and Management Publication Series, Volume 1, No. 3): The World Bank, Washington, DC, June 2000.

Hanson, "School Organization and Administration in America: New Expectations for a New Millennium," in, Feng Daming (ed.), Communication and Sharing in Educational Administration: the Dialogue Between Leading Chinese and Western Scholars at the Turn of the Century, University of Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2001.

Hanson, "Institutional Theory and Educational Change," Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 5, 2001, pp. 637-661.

Hanson, "Transnational Corporations as Educational Institutions for National Development: The Contrasting Cases of Mexico and South Korea," Comparative Education Review, Vol. 50, No. 4, 2006, pp. 625-650


Hanson, Economic Development, Education and Transnational Corporations. London: Routledge Press, 2008.

Hanson, Educational Administration and Organizational Behavior. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, editions published in 1979, 1985, 1991, 1996, 2003. Two Chinese language editions of this textbook were published by the Shanghai Educational Publishing House, Shanghai, China, 1994, 2004.

Hanson, Educational Reform and Administrative Development: The Cases of Colombia and Venezuela. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press of Stanford University, 1986.

Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, New York: Writer's Showcase, 2001 (Fiction). Translated and published in Chinese by the Shanghai Peoples Publishing House, 2003.

Mark Hanson, Viviana Weissmann, Marcelo Quiñones, y Gabriel Foglia, Desarrollo Económico, Educación y Corporaciones Transnacionales: Los Casos de México, Corea del Sur y Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Universidad de Palermo, 2012


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