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David F. Labaree

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David Labaree

Professor Emeritus

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Assistant: Elayne Weissler-Martello

Office: CERAS 433


I am a sociologically oriented historian of education who seeks to explore some of the major processes and patterns that define the relationship between education and society in the United States. In my research, I aim to analyze the evolving institutional character of educational organizations (such as the high school, community college, education school, and university) and the evolving role of key groups that affect education (such as teachers, teacher educators, and reform movements) in the context of the broader purposes and functions of education in a liberal democracy. Within this broad approach to the subject, I have focused in the past on two major areas of study. One is the pressure exerted by markets on democratic education; the other is the peculiar nature of education schools as they have evolved over the years in the U.S.

Other Titles

Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy
SHIPS (PhD): Higher Education
SHIPS (PhD): History of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education

Research Interests

Higher Education | History of Education | Psychology

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Recent Publications

Labaree, D. F. (2021). The dynamic tension at the core of the grammar of schooling. PHI DELTA KAPPAN, 103(2), 28–32.

Goldrick-Rab, S., & Labaree, D. (2021). Policy Dialogue: The Problems and Promises of Higher Education in the United States. HISTORY OF EDUCATION QUARTERLY, 61(3), 341–350.

Labaree, D. F. (2020). Turtles All the Way Down: Academic Writing as Formalism. JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION.

David F. Labaree in the News & Media

COVID-19 is demonstrating the cost of inadequate preparation for national emergencies, says Professor Emeritus David F. Labaree in an op-ed.
July 22, 2020
Many doctoral students today are tending to fall into one of two disturbing categories: academic technician or justice warrior, writes David F. Labaree.
June 18, 2020
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