Joel Westheimer

Joel Westheimer

Dr. Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). He grew up in New York City and began his education career as a summer camp director and then middle school teacher in the New York City Public Schools before obtaining his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His books include What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good; Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America’s Schools (foreword by Howard Zinn); and Among Schoolteachers: Community, Autonomy and Ideology in Teachers’ Work. Westheimer addresses radio and television audiences and has delivered more than 200 keynote speeches, nationally and internationally. He is currently directing (with John Rogers, UCLA) The Inequality Project, investigating what schools in North America are teaching about economic inequality.



Westheimer, J. (2020). Can Education Transform the World? Kappa Delta Pi Record. 56(1):6-12. doi: 10.1080/00228958.2020.1696085
Westheimer, J. (2019). Civic Education and the Rise of Populist Nationalism. Peabody Journal of Education, 94(1):4-16. doi: 10.1080/0161956X.2019.1553581

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