Professional Biography

Diane E. Eynon  is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, a cohort-based Ed.D. program for senior level leaders in higher education, the non-profit sector, and industry. She previously served in Penn GSE’s Higher Education Division as Senior Fellow and Director of International Higher Education Initiatives, Director of Professional Practice at the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD), and interim director of the Executive Doctorate Program in 2012 and again in 2016.  Prior to GSE, Diane worked at Wharton Executive Education for six years serving as Director of Global Initiatives and then as Director of Partnerships for Social Impact.  

Dr. Eynon’s research and teaching interests focus on exploring the interplay of higher education, economic development, and gender policies and practices and the critical role these domains play in educational and economic opportunity for women.  Her research also explores higher education in developing countries and economies, as well as the internationalization of higher education. 

Diane is a member of Women Thrive Worldwide: Gender, Poverty, and Foreign Assistance (GPFA) working group, the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, and a founding member of the Women’s Sphere Global Network.  She founded WEE (Women-Equality-Equity) Matter, an organization committed to creating and implementing the innovative solutions necessary to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment through education, economic development and growth, and political participation. 

Research Interests and Current Projects


Ed.D. (Higher Education Management) University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Certificate (Economic Growth, Development, and Policy) University of Pennsylvania, 2007

M.B.A. (Global Management) University of Phoenix, 2000

M.S. (Health and Physical Education) West Chester University, 1985

B.S. (Health and Physical Education, Certification K-12) West Chester University, 1983.

Areas of Expertise

Internationalization of higher education

Higher education in developing countries and economies

Dynamics of higher education and development

Policies and practices related to gender equity

Selected Publications

Eynon, D. (2011, March). What has global security got to do with it? Food, women and climate change. Paper presented at the Fairfield University Center for Faith and Public Life, Fairfield, CT.

Eynon, D. (2010). Interpreting the economic growth and development policies of post-apartheid South Africa: Its influence on higher education and prospects for women. (Doctoral dissertation).

Eynon, D. (2008). Gender budgeting tool kit. Paper presented at the Anglican Women’s Empowerment Pre-Conference Workshop, United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, New York, NY.

Eynon, D. (2008). Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Paper presented at the Anglican Women’s Empowerment Pre-Conference Workshop, United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, New York, NY.