Francine Menashy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership in Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on leadership structures in educational global governance, international aid to education, global education policy processes, and private sector engagement in education financing, policy-making, and school management. Francine's research projects have been funded by the Open Society Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, and Education International. She has been the recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence, and the George Bereday Award from the Comparative International Education Society. At UMass Boston, Francine teaches and advises in the Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies doctoral program, and is cross-affiliated with the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. In the past she has worked with an NGO in Laos and as a public school teacher in Toronto.