Mark Stern

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Mark Stern

Associate Professor of Educational Studies

Department/Office Information

Spear House, First Floor
  • W 12:30pm - 2:00pm (Spear House, First Floor)
  • R 10:30am - 12:30pm (Spear House, First Floor)
  • BS, Penn State University
  • MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • PhD, Syracuse University

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

Peer-Refereed Articles

Stern, M. (2019). On closings: Diners, porn theaters, and schools. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 41(2), 69-98. 

Stern, M. & Carey, K.V.  (2019). Good students & bad activists: The moral economy of campus unrest. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 17(1), 62-81.

Brown, A.E. & Stern, M. (2018). Teachers' work as women's work: Reflections on gender, activism, and solidarity in new teacher movements. Feminist Formations30(3), 172-197. 

Ríos-Rojas, A. & Stern, M. (2018). Do “undocumented aliens” dream of neoliberal sheep?: Conditional DREAMing and decolonial imaginaries. Equity & Excellence in Education, 51(1), 92-106.

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.”: New teacher movements, depression, and the fight for public education. The Urban Review, 48(2), 333-354.

Stern, M. (2015). Homonormativity, charternormativity, and processes of legitimation: Exploring the affective-spatio-temporal-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 and 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 Methodologies12(5), 387-400.

Stern, M. (2012). Presence, absence, and the presently absent: Ethics and the pedagogical possibilities of photographs. Educational Studies48(2), 174-198.

Peer-Refereed Book Chapters

Woolley, S. W. & Stern, M. (2020). Queering Education: Killing-joy and nurturing-hope in a college classroom. In K. LaFollette & N. Santavicca (Eds.), Queer approaches: Emotion, expression, and communication in the classroom, 125-141. Information Age Publishing. 

Stern, M. & Hussain, K. (2017). Big talk in the little city: Grassroots activism by and for the common/s. In A. Means, D. Ford, & G. Slater (Eds.), Educational commons in theory and practice: Global pedagogy and politics, 231-241. Palgrave Macmillan.

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, 191-212Information Age Publishing. (Reprinted)

Stern, M. (2016). 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, 80-97. McFarland.

Journal Issues Edited

Stern, M., Brown, A.E., & Hussain, K. (Eds.) (2016). Educate. Agitate. Organize.: New and not-so-new teacher movements [Special issue]. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, 26.

Non-Refereed Journal Articles

Stern, M., Brown, A., & Hussain, K. (2016). Editors’ introduction: Educate. Agitate. Organize.: New and not-so-new teacher movements. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, 26, 1-4.

Public Scholarship

Stern, M. (2019). Don't go chasin' _____falls. In N. Shepherd, C. Ernst, & D. Visser (Eds.), The walking seminar: Embodied research in emergent anthropocene landscapes, 54. Amsterdam, NL: Amsterdam University of the Arts. 

Anderson, B., Baptiste, A., Henke, C., Nemes, R., & Stern, M. (2016, September). Reflections on food in urban America. The Utica Phoenix, 8-9. 

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


  • Visiting Research Scholar, Program in Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center (2022-2023).
  • Visiting Scholar, Education, Culture, and Society Program, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015; 2017-2018).
  •  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). 
  • The American School 
  • Education for Peace and Non-Violence 
  • Education and the Ethical Imagination
  • Queering Education 
  • Marxist Political Economy and Education Policy
  • Racial Capitalism & Education Policy
  • Beyond Brooklyn: Nature, Nostalgia, and the New "Upstate " Chic (Upstate Institute Course)
  • Democracy and Education 
  • Seminar in Curriculum Theory
  • Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Senior Honors Seminar 
  • Challenges of Modernity 
  • Social Movements in South Africa: Extended Study to Cape Town and Durban
  • A Philadelphia Story: Race, Place, & Education (Sophomore Residential Seminar)
  • Philadelphia Off-Campus Study Group