● Sculpting an American Self: Fitness Culture in the U.S., Past and Present
○ How did working out go from strange subculture to social imperative? How has the expansion of fitness culture both been a force of inclusion and oppression?
● Publishing Life: Critical Theory, History, and Practice (with Jake Stevens, Managing Editor of Verso Books)
○ Is it possible to lead a happy, fulfilled life in a capitalist society? What intersections, if any, exist between the world of critical theory that emphasize structural inequality and that of popular self-help, that worships individual agency?
● Pursuits Of Happiness: American Journeys
○ Why is the “pursuit of happiness” so fundamental to American identity? What does happiness mean to different people at different historical moments?
● History Of US Education
○ Where do our public schools come from? Are schools engines of social mobility or of social control? Have schools become more or less democratic places?
● Senior Research Seminar In Education Studies
○ Does education only happen in schools? How can research in education be a force for
social justice? How do interdisciplinary approaches to education enhance our understanding of American society?
● Culture Wars In American Education
○ Why do parents, students, teachers, and policymakers fight so bitterly about school? Is it possible to resolve disagreements about issues like prayer in school, sex education, and saluting the American flag?
● American Youth Cultures, Past And Present
○ How has “youth” been defined differently over time? Where and what do young people learn OUTSIDE of school? How do the tastes and experiences of young people shape culture at large?
● Education at Work (civic engagement course)
○ What does it mean to be affiliated with a university and to do work in an under-resourced community? What is the meaning of “partnership” and how can such partnerships be equitable?
● Body, Mind and School: Wellness and American Education
○ What is “wellness”? How have John Dewey’s ideas about educating the “whole child” been institutionalized and contested in American schools? Does a politics of wellbeing exist?
● Introduction to Education Theory
○ How do the philosophies of diverse thinkers such as John Locke,Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, and Paulo Freire shape educational institutions today? How do the realities of a diverse society change theory in practice?
● Introduction to Historical Sources and Methods
○ Is historical objectivity possible? How has the historical profession changed over time? How is historical methodology unique?