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Ken McGrew

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Education

Dr. McGrew is a contributing faculty member to the Riley College of Education and Leadership, working primarily with students at the dissertation degree stage in the areas of educational studies, qualitative research, higher education, and curriculum & instruction, since 2020. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed his BA at Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research. He has extensive university experience dating from 1993, including teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has served in administrative director and assistant director roles. He also additional teaching experience with students ranging from pre-school to high school ages.

His scholarship is focused on the social context of education and the potential of education to contribute towards the development of a more democratic and equitable society. In pursuit of this focus he engages in interdisciplinary scholarship utilizing critical approaches to inquiry, in a broader pragmatic theoretical framework, grounded primarily in the philosophical, sociological, and historical traditions. He is particularly interested in issues of pedagogy, curriculum, policy, and theory as related to schooling, teacher training, higher education, and approaches to reform, understood relationally with each other and in relation to social phenomena such as poverty, racism, and policing. Dr. McGrew has published articles in leading journals and is a the author of Education's Prisoners (2008) published with Peter Lang Publishers.