Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Teacher Development and Educational Studies
Thomas Pedroni earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin in 2003. For two years, he was an assistant professor at Utah State University prior to joining the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies in Fall 2005. Pedroni’s area of inquiry includes conceptualizing and constructing composite critical and post-structural approaches in educational theory and research, assessment of new directions in curriculum reform at the high school level, examination of the persistence of exclusionary power/knowledge regimes in state-level educational reforms, and analysis of the increasing colonization of the educational sphere by neo-liberal and managerial forms.
He has published five national refereed journal articles, six invited chapters in books, published one book, "Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform," and is currently finishing another, "Educational Markets and the Dispossessed: Agency, Identity and Subaltenity in Unsettling Educational Times" for which he is the editor. Pedroni has made scholarly presentations at 14 international and national professional meetings.
Pedroni is responsible, with support from Dean Mary Otto, for bringing the first School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) Visiting Scholar, Dr. Luis Gandin, Professor of Sociology of Education in the School of Education at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where they have collaborated this academic year in the creation of the Global Urban Education Exchange, Center for Global Urban Education Studies, as well as the SEHS Winter Lecture Series in Global Urban Education. These efforts bring attention to the global patterns of interaction, migration, trade and communication across nations.