Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Philosophy and Education, Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Philosophy and Education, Columbia University
  • B.A., Philosophy and Italian Studies, College of the Holy Cross


Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Within the Field of Philosophy: Existential Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Ethics, and Political Philosophy
Within the Field of Education: Liberatory/Transformative Pedagogy, Critical Social Justice Education, History of
      Education, Sociology of Education, Comparative International Education, and Liberal Arts Education

Recent Papers and Publications

“Review Essay on the Continuum Library of Educational Thought: Plato, Rousseau, and Freire.” Educational Theory – In progress

“The Literary Education of the Philosopher-Administrator, or Why a Novel is Worth a Thousand Statistics.” [with S. Mackler] – In progress

“Sensuous Abstraction as Aesthetic Wonder: Reframing Lewis’ Analysis of Studied Perception.” Philosophy of Education 2013.

“Adopting a Social Justice Approach to Teacher Education: An Existential Justification.” SAPES 2012 Yearbook.

“Professional Development as a Liberal Art.” [Co-Panelist] Critical Questions in Education Conference, Hosted by the Academy for Educational Studies. Chicago, IL. November 2010.

The Reform of Qatar University. [with J.S. Moini, T.K. Bikson, and C.R. Neu]. MG-796-QU, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.

“Learning for Meaning’s Sake: Toward the Hermeneutic University, by Stephanie Mackler.” [Book Panel with P. Standish, P. and R. Arcilla] Philosophy of Education Society of the United States (PES). Montreal, CA. March 2009.

“Changing Educational Practices in a Dynamic Society: Challenges faced by the Qatar University Reform Project.” [with J.S. Moini] International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE) Eleventh Biennial Conference in Kyoto, Japan. August 2008.

Education and the Human Condition: Reconceptualizing the Activities of Teaching and Learning. Dissertation, Columbia University, 2007.

“Education is a Humanism: Reconceptualizing the Activity of Teaching and Learning.” Philosophy and Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB). Oxford University, Oxford, UK. March/April 2006.

“Expository text comprehension in the primary grade classroom.” [with J.P. Williams, K.M. Hall, K.D. Lauer, B.K. Stafford, and J.S. deCani.] Journal of Educational Psychology, 97/4 (2005), 538-550.

“Educational Identity Amidst Spherical Plurality: How Philosophy Might Offer Some Assistance.” Middle Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society (MASPES). Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. April 2002.