Education Department Faculty

Ronald David Glass
  • Title
    • Professor of Philosophy of Education
    • Director, Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Affiliations Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California
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  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, 3122
  • Office Hours By Appointment
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street; McHenry 3122 (EDUC)
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ethics, Education, Community-based Research, Critical Theory, Democracy, Discrimination and Inequality, Epistemology, Multiculturalism, Philosophy, School Reform and School Policy
  • Courses EDUC 102, Education Media and Society; EDUC 104, Ethical Issues and Teaching; EDUC 173, Critical Pedagogy; EDUC 207, Social Foundations of Education; EDUC 263, Foundations of Educational Reform; Educ 268, Schools Communities and Families; EDUC 295, Critical Theories and Education
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers Natalie Baloy, Linnea K Beckett, , Sheeva Melodie Sabati

Summary of Expertise

Philosophy of Education (ontology; ethics; epistemology; politics)
Education as a Practice of Freedom
Ideology and Education
Race and Education
Critical Theories and Education
Equity-oriented, Collaborative Community-based Research
Community-driven reform in low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse schools and communities
Public learning processes and democratic deliberation

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Stanford University; Philosophy of Education
M.A. Stanford University; Philosophy
C.Phil. University of California, Berkeley; Philosophy of Education
Ed.M. Harvard University
B.A. Harvard University; cum laude, History and Science

Professor Glass is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California. He currently investigates the ethical issues raised by justice-oriented collaborative research methodologies, and has long focused his philosophic work on education as a practice of freedom, ideological (trans)formation, and the role of education and public learning processes in creating a just, pluralistic democracy. He has also investigated school reform in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities. Professor Glass’s philosophy of praxis is rooted in his Civil Rights and anti-Viet Nam war movement experiences, and his many years of working with organizations and aggrieved communities struggling for justice and democracy. Prior to serving on university faculties, he directed the San Francisco-based Adult Education Development Project, and collaborated with Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, the world-renowned educators for democracy. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

Stanford University School of Education Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching

Arizona State University Dondrell Swanson "Advocates of Social Justice' Award

Arizona State University Excellence in Diversity Award

Phoenix, AZ, Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King, Jr., Living the Dream Award

Selected Publications

  • Pia Lindquist Wong & Ronald David Glass. (2011). Professional development schools and student learning and achievement. In J. Neapolitan (Ed.), Taking Stock of Professional Development Schools: What’s Needed Now. New York, NY: Teachers College Press and the National Society for the Study of Education. Volume 110: No. 2., 403-431.
  • Ronald David Glass. (2004). Moral and political clarity and education as a practice of freedom. In Democratic Dialogue and Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence, M. Boler (Ed), New York: Peter Lang. 15-32.

Selected Recordings

 Interview: Reflections on Revolutionary Education and Paulo Freire's Life and Ideas. Against the Grain, Pacifica Radio Network. (

Interview: My Profile in Philosophy of Education (Episode 16). PiPELine. (


Teaching Interests

COURSES: Identity and Schooling; Ethical Issues and Teaching; Critical Pedagogy; Educational Reform; Schools, Communities, and Families; Ideology and Education; Critical Theories in Education