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Mark Stern

Associate Professor of Educational Studies
Educational Studies, 12 Persson Hall
p 315-228-6136


BS, Penn State University
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
PhD, Syracuse University


Political and cultural economy of public education; educational policy; social theory; philosophy and education


Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Stern, M. & Brown, A.E. (2016). “It’s 5:30. I’m exhausted. And I have to go all the way to f*%#ing Fishtown.”: Educator depression, activism, and finding (armed) love in a hopeless (neoliberal) place.  The Urban Review, 48(2), 333-354.
  • Stern, M. (2015). Homonormativity, charternormativity, and processes of legitimation: Exploring the affective-spatio-temoral-fixed dimensions of marriage equality and charter schools. Berkeley Review of Education, 5(2), 171-196. 
  • Hussain, K. & Stern, M. (2015). Lessons from the "pen alongside the sword": School reform through the lens of the radical black press.  Critical Education, 6(7), 25-43.
  • Stern, M. & Hussain, K. (2015). On the charter question: Black marxism & black nationalism.  Race Ethnicity and Education, 18(1), 61-88. 
  • Stern, M., Clonan, S., Jaffee, L.,*  & Lee, A.* (2015).  The normative limits of choice: Charter schools, disability studies, and questions of inclusion.  Educational Policy, 29(3), 448-477.
  • Stern. M., & Johnston, D.K. (2013). "I want to do Teach For America, not become a teacher." Critical Education, 4(13), 1-27.
  • Stern, M. (2013). Bad teacher: What Race to the Top learned from the "race to the bottom." Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(3), 194-229.
  • Stern, M. (2012). Love in a time of global warming. Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, 22(1). 47-68. 
  • Stern, M. (2012). "We can't build our dreams on suspicious minds": Neoliberalism, educational policy, and the feelings left over. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 12(5), 387-400.
  • Stern, M. (2012). Presence, absence, and the presently absent: Ethics and the pedagogical possibilities of photographs.  Educational Studies, 48(2), 174-198.
*Laura Jaffee '13 was an undergraduate research apprentice while co-authoring this paper.  Anna Lee '11 was working toward her Master of Public of Public Policy in K-12 Education at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.  

Book Chapters & Journal Introductions
  • Stern, M. & Hussain, K. (in press). Big talk in the little city: Grassroots resistance by and for the common/s.  In D. Ford, A. Means, & G.B. Slater (Eds.), Educational Commons in Theory and Practice: Global Pedagogy and Politics. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stern, M. (in press). From sentimentalism to grief: Pedagogies of humanization in Waiting for 'Superman' & The Wire. In T. Gaynor & J. Taliaferro (Eds.), Using HBO's The Wire to teach urban issues. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • Stern, M., Brown, A., & Hussain, K. (2016). Editors' introduction: Education. Agitate. Organize.: New and not-so-new teacher movements.  Workplace: a journal of academic labor, 26, 1-4.
  • Hussain, K. & Stern, M. (2016).  Lessons from the "pen alongside the sword": School reform through the lens of the radical black press.  In Z. Wubbena, D. Ford, & B. Porfilio (Eds.), News media and the neoliberal privatization of education: Reproduction and resistance, 191-212.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  (Reprinted)
Special Issues Edited
  • Stern, M., Brown, A.E., Hussain, K. (Eds.) (2016).  Educate. Agitate. Organize.: New teacher movements and education activism [Special issue]. Workplace: a journal of academic labor.


  • Stern, M. (2014, October 16).  A plea for r-e-s-p-e-c-t.  Philadelphia Daily News, p. 16.

University Affiliations

-Honorary Lecturer, Centre For Civil Society, School of Built Environment & Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2015-2018).
-Honorary Research Associate, Centre for African Studies, School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics, University of Cape Town (2015-2016).
-Visiting Scholar, Education, Culture, and Society Program, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015).

Classes Taught

The American School (EDUC 101)
Education for Peace and Non-Violence (EDUC 210)
Queering Education (EDUC/LGBT 241)
Politics and Education (EDUC 310)
Seminar in Curriculum Theory
Challenges of Modernity (CORE 152)
Social Movements in South Africa--Extended Study (ALST 380)