Kerry Burch, Ph.D.
Professor, Foundations of Education


Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)

Research Interests:

As a philosopher of education, I am interested in reclaiming the enlightenment tradition in Western intellectual thought in order to revitalize both contemporary educational conditions as well as the formation of teacher identity. I believe that a large part of this project also involves the reclamation of the American radical democratic heritage; these related interests mean that, as far as my teaching is concerned, I regularly use the Socratic dialogs alongside the texts of Paulo Freire and John Dewey as resources to bring to life these traditions and critical perspectives.


Ph.D  University of Hawaii, Political Science
M.A.  Columbia University Teachers College, Social Studies
B.A.   University of San Francisco, Sociology

Select Publications:

  • Burch, Kerry (2014) Reading NCLB as a Form of Structural Violence. The Journal of Educational    Controversy.Vol. 8, No. 1 Fall/Winter.
  • Burch, Kerry (2014) "Cornel West." The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought.
  • Burch, Kerry (2012) Book: Democratic Transformations: Eight Conflicts in the Negotiation of American Identity. NY: Continuum. *Recipient of The Society of Professors of Education 2014 Book Award.  


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