Ronald David Glass
  • Title
    • Professor of Philosophy of Education
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Affiliations Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • 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 Critical Theory, Philosophy, Education, Ethics, Epistemology, Democracy, Community-based Research, Discrimination and Inequality, School Reform and School Policy
  • Courses EDUC 102, Education Media and Society; EDUC 104, Ethical Issues and Teaching; EDUC 110, Popular Education, Democracy, and Social Movements; EDUC 173, Critical Pedagogy; EDUC 207, Social Foundations of Education; EDUC 235 Introduction to Educational Research; EDUC 263, Foundations of Educational Reform; Educ 268, Schools Communities and Families; EDUC 295, Critical Theories and Education
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers

Summary of Expertise

Education as a 'practice of freedom'

Philosophy of education (ontology; ethics; epistemology; politics)

Critical theories and education

Ideology and education

Race racism and education

Equity-oriented, collaborative community-based research

Community-driven justice reforms in low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse schools and communities

Public learning processes and democratic policy making


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. 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 and collaborated with professional development schools 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 aggrieved communities struggling for justice. Prior to serving on university faculties, Professor Glass 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

Selected Awards:

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

University of California Santa Cruz Social Sciences Division Golden Apple Teaching Award

Stanford University School of Education Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching

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

Selected Grants: PI: $1.54M, Multicampus Research Program Initiative, University of California Office of the President; $600K, Spencer Foundation; Co-PI: $350K, National Science Foundation

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

Radio Interview: Reflections on Revolutionary Education and Paulo Freire's Life and IdeasAgainst the Grain, Pacifica Radio Network. (https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=88090)

Radio Interview: Ron Glass, Profiles in Philosophy of Education (Episode 16) PiPELine. (http://www.pipeline.fm/podcast/?offset=1446391800000)