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Joel Spring
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: (718) 997-5376
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in educational policy studies, University of Wisconsin.
Research Interests: Policy Studies, History of Ed., Globalization and Education, Multicultural Ed.

JOEL SPRING received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. Joel Spring worked as a railroad conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad and for many years lived each summer on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, Alaskan Visions, includes many of his Alaskan experiences. Professor Spring’s major research interests are history of education, globalization and education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty scholarly books with the most recent being Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State; How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society; and Education and the Rise of the Global Economy. Joel’s most important textbooks are American Education (now in its 13th edition); American School 1642-2004 (now in its 6th edition) and Conflict of Interests: The Politics of American Education (now in its 5th edition).


A New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life (2007); Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights (2007); and, The Intersection of Cultures: Multicultural Education in the United States and the Global Economy, 4th edition (2007). Current Project: Book on education and globalization.