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EdD, Columbia University; MA, Columbia University; BA, Glassboro State College

John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison; Hallsworth Visiting Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, University of Manchester; World Scholar and Distinguished Professor, Educational Policy Studies at East China Normal University

Author of: Can Education Change Society? (2013); Power, Knowledge, and Educational Reform (2013); Education and Power (2012); Globalization, Social Justice, and Education (Ed.; 2010); Critical Education and the Struggle for Public Schools (Ed.; 2009); Educating the “Right” Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality (2006); Ideology and Curriculum (3rd ed.; 2004) Cultural Politics and Education (1996); Democratic Schools (1995)

Dr. Michael W. Apple has been a Professor of Educational Policy since the early 1970s at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He teaches courses in curriculum theory, development, and research, and the sociology of curriculum. With his major interests focusing on the relationship between culture and power in education and in democratizing educational policy and practice, Apple has been internationally recognized for his work in what is known as “critical pedagogy,” a lens from which power and inequality are explored.

For more than 3 decades, Apple has worked with educators, unions, dissident groups, and governments throughout the world on democratizing educational policy and practice. Regarded as one of the great modern critical theorists, he travels extensively—often serving as visiting professor— in addition to dedicating time to writing and research.

Apple has received numerous honorary degrees, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Curriculum Studies Division, the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and he was named Fellow of AERA.

Among his many other achievements, Apple’s book Ideology and Curriculum was named as one of the most important books in education in the 20th century. His book Educating the “Right” Way was awarded both the Critics Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association and the Outstanding Book Award by AERA.

Before completing his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, Apple taught in elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey, where he grew up, as well as served as president of his teachers union. Apple has written or edited more than 50 books and more than 300 journal articles and book chapters in addition to serving as an editorial review board member for numerous journals.

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