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EdD, New York University; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA, Hunter College–City University of New York

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Author of: A Political Sociology of Educational Knowledge: Studies of Exclusions and Difference (2017); Teacher Education and Teaching as Struggling for the Soul: A Critical Ethnography (2017); Schooling and the Making of Citizens in the Long Nineteenth Century: Comparative Visions (2015); The “Reason” of Schooling: Historicizing Curriculum Studies, Pedagogy, and Teacher Education (2014); Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform: Science, Education, and Making Society by Making the Child (2007); A Political Sociology of Educational Reform (1991); Paradigms and Ideology in Educational Research: The Social Functions of the Intellectual (1984)

Known as a curriculum theorist, Dr. Thomas Popkewitz is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as well as a member of the Department of Scandinavian Studies. His work focuses on systems of reason that govern educational policy and research on pedagogy and teacher education.

Aside from teaching courses on school reform, paradigms of educational research and evaluation, and globalization and teaching, Popkewitz’s recent research relates to cultural and historical studies of education research and the politics of the globalization in education. This includes ethnographic and comparative studies of national education reforms and the education sciences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Southern Africa, and the United States. As an example of his scholarship, Beijing Normal University established The Research Centre of Popkewitz Studies in 2015 to create a collaborative network that enhances understanding of Popkewitz’s research on educational theories and philosophy.

Popkewitz is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA in 2008. Also in 2008, the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Member award. He has earned six honorary doctorates. Widely published, he has written or edited more than 30 books and 300 journal articles and book chapters. Two of his books, Paradigms and Ideology in Educational Research and A Political Sociology of Educational Reform, won awards for their contribution to educational studies. Popkewitz has held numerous visiting professorships in several European countries.
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