Dr. Fanta-Vagenshtein completed her post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and now she serves as a Senior Associate Fellow at Brandies University. When Yarden moved to Israel with her family in 1985, she didn’t know how to read or write. She’d spent the first dozen years of her life tending her family’s cows in their tiny Ethiopian village before they made a two-year journey to the Holy Land via Sudan.
She received her Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in Science and Technology in Education, and was the first Ethiopian women to earn a PhD in Israel. Her research focuses on cross-cultural educational, social, and cultural issues faced by immigrants and refugees from underdeveloped and developing countries. She examines how these populations work within the confines of these issues to adapt to their host countries. She examines how transnationalism and gender differences affect images of self-esteem, academic, and socioeconomic achievement among immigrants. Fanta-Vagenshtein is conducting comparative studies on Upward Mobility and Glass Ceiling as Experienced by immigrant women in Israel and in the United States. She also serves as President of Empower Boston Immigrant Center (EBIC), Boston; committee member at JCRC (CJP) Shiluvim program; Event Chair and committee member of Tel Aviv University’s Alumni Leadership; and member of the World Computer Exchange in Boston. She runs her own Educational and Professional Counseling Company in greater Boston.