Essam Elkorghli of Tripoli, Libya, a 2020 FreshEd Fellow, attended K-12 education in Libya. Upon finishing high school in 2012, he completed the International Baccalaureate program in Flekke, Norway. He pursued a BA in Economics, Norwegian, and Social Studies Education at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His MA thesis at the University of Washington examined Norway’s teacher education and how it’s influenced by neoliberal globalization. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focusing on Libya’s education system post-2011 uprising and how it is changing due to globalization factors. His research is shaped by critical theory and political sociology of education.