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Patrick Roberts
Associate Professor


Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)

Research Interests:

Critical Museum Studies, Critical Social Theory, History & Philosophy of Education, Curriculum Theory, Poetics


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago

M.A. in English Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A. in Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Academic Awards: 

U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs, July, 2011

Fulbright Scholar, Lecture/Research Award, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010

PD Grant, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Museum Education Professional Development Conference: Building Pedagogical and Democratic Connections, May 2010 



Marshall, J. D., Sears, J. T., Allen, L., Roberts, P. A., & Schubert, W. H. (2006). Turning Points in Curriculum: A Contemporary American Memoir (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Stamz, R. E. w/ Roberts, P. A. (2010). Give ‘Em Soul, Richard! Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Book Chapters

Edgerton, S. H. & Roberts, P. A. (2004). Curriculum theory and practice: Searching for the secret in that historic tension. In L. Coia, N. J. Brooks, S. J. Mayer, P. Pritchard, E. Heilman, M. L. Birch, & A. Mountain (Eds.), Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization: Papers from the 4th Curriculum and Pedagogy Annual Conference, Decatur, GA, October 2003 (pp. 1-17). Troy, NY: Educators’ International Press, Inc.

Roberts, P. A. & Steiner, D. J. (2010). Critical public pedagogy and the Paidagogos: Exploring the normative and political challenges of radical democracy. In J. A. Sandlin, B. D. Schultz, & J. Burdick (Eds.). Handbook of Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning Beyond Schooling (pp. 20-27). New York: Routledge.

Guest Edited Journals

Mandić, A. & Roberts, P. (Guest Eds.) (Fall, 2012). Museum education in times of radical social change. Journal of Museum Education, 37 (3).

Encyclopedia Articles

Roberts, P. A. (2010). Cultural studies in relation to curriculum studies. In C. Kridel (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (pp. 170-177). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Roberts, P. A. & Schubert, W. H. (2003). James B. Macdonald. In J. W. Guthrie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd ed. (pp. 1525-1526). New York: Macmillian.

Monograph Chapter

Allen, L. A. & Roberts, P. A. (2005). Race, reform, and pedagogy: Curriculum’s perfect storm? In Curriculum Professors Debate Multicultural/Pluralistic Issues in Standards Based Curriculum (47-60). Monograph published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


Roberts, P. A. (2006). Am I the public I think I am? Understanding the public curriculum of museums as “complicated conversation.” Journal of Museum Education, 31, 2, 105-112. 

Roberts, P. A. (2000). Content’s dream: Curriculum texts and the vision of synopsis. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 2, 101-106.   

Roberts, P. A. (2000). [Review of the book Turning points in curriculum: A contemporary American memoir]. Journal of Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Instruction, 2, 42.

Newspaper Articles

Roberts, P. (2011, January 14). Side order: In Sarajevo, a small museum with an Olympian message. The Washington Post, p. F6. 

Invited Lectures

Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Seoul, South Korea

  • Topic: “Constructing the Public Curriculum of Civic Pluralism and Democratic Transition,” March 29, 2016.

Kookmim University, Seoul, South Korea

  • Topic: “Constructing the Public Curriculum of Civic Pluralism and Democratic Transition,” March 28, 2016

University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Political Science

  • Topics in the History of Education: Museum Pedagogy, February 25, 2010
  • Topics in Intercultural Understanding: Cultural Studies, March 22, 2010
  • Topics in Adult Education: Public Pedagogy, April 20, 2010

 American Center, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Topics in American Culture: Rhythm and Blues Music, 2010

International Burch University, Department of English, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Topics in American Culture: Rhythm and Blues Music, 2010 

University of Banja Luka, Department of English, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Topics in American Culture: Rhythm and Blues Music, 2010

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Education

  • Topics in Curriculum Studies: Post-secondary Curriculum and Instruction, September 22, 2009
  • Topics in Curriculum Studies: Cultural Studies, September 22, 2010

American Center, Niamey, Niger

  • Topics in Education: U.S. Higher Education, December, 2007


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