IEPS Writers' Biographies
Dave Hill is Professor of Education Policy at the University of Northampton, England and lives in Brighton. For twenty years he was a regional political leader (standing for Parliament and leading the Labour Party councilors in his county) and he was an elected regional trade union leader and and long-time trade union branch chair/shop steward.
He left the Labour Party, at last, in 2006 because of its pro-war and its pro-neoliberal/ anti- working class policies, and joined a Marxist group outside the Labour Party, the International Socialist Group. He also supports the Campaign for a New Workers Party, and the NO2EU-YestoDemocracy Campaign.
He recently completed an International Labour Organisation global report on the impacts of neoliberal education policy on equity, democracy and workers’ rights, which is online at http://www.ieps.org.uk/papers1.php, and he lectures worldwide on this, and on Marxism and Education, and on radical education, to Trade Unions and Academic and Activist conferences.
He is Chief Editor of the international refereed academic journal, the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (www.jceps.com).
He co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators in Britain and, among other books, co-edited a trilogy on schooling and inequality for Cassell, Continuum and Kogan Page publishers with Mike Cole. A recent edited book, with Peter McLaren, Glenn Rikowski and Mike Cole, is Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory (Lexington Books, 2002).
In 2009 he published four edited/ co-edited books with Routledge, Contesting Neoliberal Education: Public Resistance and Collective Advance; The Rich World and the Impoverishment of Education: Diminishing Democracy, Equity and Workers’ Rights; and, with Ravi Kumar, Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences; and with Ellen Rosskam, The Developing World and State Education: Neoliberal Depredation and Egalitarian Alternatives.
Upcoming books include, Macrine, S., Hill, D. and McLaren, P. (eds.) (2009) Critical Pedagogy: Theory and Praxis. London: Routledge; Hill, D. and Robertson, L. Helavaara (eds.) (2009) Equality in the Primary School: Promoting good practice across the curriculum. London: Continuum; Macrine, S., Hill, D. and McLaren, P. (eds.) (2009) Organizing Pedagogy: Educating for Socialism Within and Beyond Global Neo-liberalism, London: Palgrave Macmillan, and Kelsh, D., Hill, D. and Macrine, S. (eds.) (2009) Teaching Class: Knowledge, Pedagogy, Subjectivity. London: Routledge.
He is Programme Chair the Marxian Analysis of Schools, Society, and Education Special Interest Group (MASSES) of the American Educational research Association (AERA) and is Series Editor for Routledge Studies in Education and Neoliberalism, and also Routledge Series Editor for Studies in Education and Marxism.
Glenn Rikowski is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education at the University of Northampton. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow in Lifelong Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Central England in Birmingham from 1999-2001. From 1994-99, he was Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Prior to that, Glenn taught in schools and in further education colleges.
He held Visiting Lectureships at the University of North London, the University of Hertfordshire and the University of London, Institute of Education in the early 1990s. His Ph.D. research (1989) was on the recruitment of engineering apprentices. Glenn's subsequent research included studies on working students, college finance, vocational education and training, youth labour markets and Education Action Zones. He has worked on research projects for the OECD, FEDA and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In 1999, he undertook a major study of the UK horological industry for The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, with special reference to horological training. In the last few years, Rikowski has written articles and conference papers on Marxist educational theory, labour power, lifelong learning, time and speed.
His books and pamphlets include Red Chalk: on Schooling, Capitalism and Politics written with Mike Cole, Dave Hill and Peter McLaren (Institute for Education Policy Studies, 2001) and The Battle in Seattle: its Significance for Education (Tufnell Press, 2001). Together with Dave Hill, Peter McLaren and Mike Cole he is co-editor of Postmodernism in Educational Theory (Tufnell Press, 1999) and Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory (Lexington Books, 2002). With Tony Green and Helen Raduntz, Rikowski edited Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education – Openings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He has published major articles on Marxist educational theory in the British Journal of Sociology of Education.
With Tony Green, Glenn was a co-founder and organiser (until October 2007) of the Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues (MERD) seminars. Many of his papers can be found online at The Flow of Ideas – the Rikowski family web site: http://www.flowideas.co.uk. Glenn’s blog, All that is Solid is at: http://rikowski.wordpress.com. He lives in London.
Paula Allman is the author of Revolutionary Social Transformation: Democratic Hopes, Political Possibilities and Critical Education (Bergin & Garvey, 1999). Her latest book (in press) is Critical Education Against Global Capital: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education (Bergin & Garvey, 2001).She has written extensively on Paulo Freire and Antonio Gramsci contributions to radical/critical education and also on Marx's influence on these two radical educators. Her latest book is Revolutionary Social Transformation: Democratic Hopes, Political Possibilities anc Critical Education (Bergin & Garvey, 2001)
Paula is originally from the US, but has lived in England since 1973. She has taught in a wide variety of contexts including high schools, junior high schools, adult education and universities in the US and infant schools and universities in the UK. After working as Social Science Staff Tutor for the East Midlands Region of the Open University, she joined The School of Continuing Education at The University of Nottingham where for several years she was the Course Co-Tutor for the Diploma in Adult Education and the M.Ed. in Continuing Education. (Both the Diploma and the M.Ed. courses were based on a Paulo Freire's philosophical approach to education and were, as a consequence, aimed at the preparation of critical educators.)
Besides trying to integrate her political activism into her educational work, she has been primarily active in social movements -- in the US, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, and in the UK, she was the first co-chairperson for Nottingham CND. She was also active in the education sub-group of The Socialist Movement. In 1997 she took ill-health early retirement due to chronic spinal disease, but remains actively committed through her research and writing. At present, she is an Honorary Research Fellow in The School of Continuing Education at the University of Nottingham, England.
Dr Mike Cole is Research Professor in Education and Equality, Head of Research and Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, Lincoln UK.
In recent years he has engaged in critiques of postmodernism, globalisation and education. Mike has edited Bowles and Gintis Revisited (Routledge-Falmer, 1988), The Social Contexts of Schooling (Falmer Press, 1989), Education for Equality (Routledge, 1990), Migrant Labour in the European Union (Berg, 1999), Education, Equality and Human Rights (Falmer Press, 2000) and Professional Issues for Teachers and Student Teachers (1999, David Fulton).
With Dave Hill, Mike co-edited Promoting Equality in Primary Schools (Cassell, 1997) and Promoting Equality in Secondary Schools (Cassell, 1999) and is co-editor of Schooling and Equality: Fact, Concept and Policy (Kogan Page, 2001). In 2002, with Dave Hill, Peter McLaren and Glenn Rikowski, he wrote Red Chalk: on Schooling, Capitalism and Politics (Brighton: Institute for Education Policy Studies, 2001). Together with Dave Hill, Peter McLaren and Glenn Rikowski he is co-editor of Postmodernism in Educational Theory (Tufnell Press, 1999) and Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory (Lexingotn Books, 2002).
His more recent edited collections are a second edition of Education, Equality and Human Rights (Routledge, 2006) and a fourth edition of Professional Attributes and Practice (Routledge 2008). He is the sole author of Marxism and Educational Theory: origins and issues (Routledge, 2008) and Critical Race Theory and Education: a Marxist response (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He is the editor of Equality in the Secondary School (Continuum, 2009).
Peter McLaren is a Professor in the Division of Urban Schooling, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author and editor of forty-five books and hundreds of scholarly articles and chapters. Professor McLaren's writings have been translated into 20 languages. Four of his books have won the Critic's Choice Award of the American Educational Studies Association. One of his books, Life in Schools, was chosen in 2004 as one of the 12 most significant education books in existence worldwide by an international panel of experts organized by The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
McLaren was the inaugural recipient of the Paulo Freire Social Justice Award presented by Chapman University, California. The charter for La Fundacion McLaren de Pedagogia Critica was signed at the University of Tijuana in July, 2004. La Catedra Peter McLaren was inaugurated in Venezuela on September 15, 2006 as part of a joint effort between El Centro Internacional Miranda and La Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela.
Professor McLaren left his native Canada in 1985 to work in the United States where he continues to be active in the struggle for socialism. A Marxist humanist, he lectures widely in Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe. His most recent book (co-authored with Nathalia Jaramillo) is Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire (Rotterdam and Taiwan, Sense Publications). With Steve Best and Anthony Nocella, he has co-edited a forthcoming book, Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex (AK Press).
In 2006, during the Bush administration, Professor McLaren made international headlines when he was targeted by a right-wing extremist organization in the United States and put at the top of the "Dirty Thirty" list of leftist professors at UCLA. The group offered to pay students a hundred dollars to secretly audiotape McLaren's lectures and those of his fellow leftist professors. Professor McLaren's work has been the subject of two recent books: Teaching Peter McLaren: Paths of Dissent, edited by Marc Pruyn and Luis M. Huerta-Charles (New York: Peter Lang Publications) [translated into Spanish as De La Pedagogia Critica a la pedagogia de la Revolucion: Ensayos Para Comprender a Peter McLaren, Mexico City, Siglo Veintiuno Editores] and Peter McLaren, Education, and the Struggle for Liberation, edited by Mustafa Eryaman (New Jersey: Hampton Press).
Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, is an academic-activist, teaching at the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Professor Mojab is the former Director of the Women and Gender Institute at the University of Toronto and the past-President of the Canadian Association for the Studies of Adult Education.
Her publications include, among others, book chapters and articles which has appeared in reputable international journals. She is the editor of Women of A Non-State Nation: The Kurds and the co-editor of Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism and Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges. She has been the guest editor for special issues of the International Journal of Lifelong Education on the topic of women, war and learning; the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies on women political prisoners (forthcoming) and the Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Journal on Gender and Empire (forthcoming).
Professor Mojab is currently conducting Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded research on war, diaspora, and learning; women political prisoners in the Middle East; war and transnational women’s organizations, and civic education curriculum as experienced by immigrant youth from war zones. She has created two research websites as an archival space for relevant resource for the research and as a tool for the dissemination of knowledge. The websites are: Women, War, Diaspora and Learning (www.utoronto.ca/wwdl) and Memories, Memoirs, and the Arts: Women Political Prisoners of Iran (www.utoronto.ca/prisonmemoirs).
In recent years, Shahrzad has attempted to diversify the dissemination of her research results. With the help of Shahrzad Arshadi, a well-known feminist filmmaker and photographer committed to social justice and human rights, she has produced two documentaries. Samjana: Memoirs and Resistance is based on Professor Mojab's research on women in the post-war Nepal, their role in the peace process, as well as the role of women's NGOS in building sustainable peace. The second documentary to be released in 2009 is Dancing of Change: Kurdish Women. This documentary is based on Shahrzad’s decades of research and work with Kurdish women. It captures their yearning for secularism and socialism; their dreams and desires for a just world.