Kristine Gorgen

Kristine Gorgen is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford Department of Education and a research assistant at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA).

In her capacity as a research assistant she supports the ESRC-funded project Assessment for Learning in Africa as well as the inter-institutional project Setting and Maintaining Standards in National Examinations.  Kristine was also on the organizing committee of the OUCEA PISA Seminar 2016. She is a scholarship recipient of the Philosophy of Education Society GB.

She has previously completed an MSc in Comparative and International Education in Oxford. For her Master’s research she focused on the impact PISA had on social justice for immigrant pupils in Germany. Her doctoral research combines research on educational assessment and citizenship education by investigating the use of naturalisation tests in the UK, Germany and the USA. In the fall of 2017 Kristine is a visiting researcher at WZB Social Sciences Research Centre Berlin,

Prior to taking up her studies in Oxford, she completed degrees in France at Sciences Po Paris and at Columbia University in the US. Kristine has also interned with the state education administration in Germany, has worked as a project assistant for a German think tank and as a teacher in India.


Thesis title
High-stakes testing reinvented- the uses and potentials of naturalisation tests in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Dr Liam Gearon and Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck

Research interests
She is particularly interested in issues at the intersection of equity, assessment, policy and social justice in education.



  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Green Templeton College

Research groups