John N. Hawkins is Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Comparative Education, Editor of The Comparative Education Review, published by the University of Chicago Press, and Director of the Center for International and Development Education (CIDE).

For fourteen years he served as Dean of International Studies and Overseas Programs at UCLA (ISOP). He is the author or editor of 15 books on educational policy and planning in the Asia/Pacific region and over 70 articles and chapters.

Dr. Hawkins received his B.A. with Honors in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, his M.A. in East Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies and Comparative Education from Vanderbilt University, George Peabody College. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 1973.