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Oklahoma State University

Social Foundations Faculty

Dr. Guoping Zhao

Program Coordinator
211 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9897

Dr. Zhao is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of philosophy of education, comparative philosophy, and Chinese education. Her work covers a broad range of topics including the theories of the subject, ethics, spirituality, democracy and the politics of education, and philosophical dialogue between Western modern and postmodern philosophy and Chinese philosophy. She has also critically analyzed Chinese education to re-envision its promise and possibilities. In multiple areas, Dr. Zhao's substantive and well-regarded work is moving the discipline in new directions.

Dr. Lucy Bailey

Associate Professor
Director of Gender and Women's Studies
215 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9194

Dr. Bailey's expertise includes the theoretical foundations of inquiry and a range of (non) positivist qualitative research approaches, particularly those that work "with rather than on people" (Lather, 1997). She is well versed in feminist, narrative, biography, historical, critical, and poststructuralist theories and methodologies. Her scholarship draws from theoretical approaches in gender, race, and sexuality studies, Cultural Studies, and Anthropology to examine both current diversity issues and educational history. She is the Director of Gender and Women's Studies at OSU and is a strong voice in OSU's effort at retaining more women and people of color in STEM fields.

Dr. Benjamin Bindewald

Assistant Professor
213 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-3461

Dr. Bindewald’s primary line of research addresses the role of religion in public education within the context of pluralist, democratic societies. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship that employs qualitative research methods and philosophical and historical inquiry to analyze educational policy and practice. His teaching interests include qualitative research methods, theoretical foundations of inquiry, religion and public education, teacher preparation, and philosophy and history of education. A former secondary social studies teacher, he is deeply committed to the project of public education and, particularly, to equality of educational opportunity and fair treatment of students and teachers.

Dr. Denise Blum

Associate Professor
206 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9192

Dr. Blum's research focuses on the role of markets, governments and political economy in structuring education, socializing cultural identity(ies) and affecting equity issues in societies. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in Mexico and Cuba and with immigrant groups in the United States.   She specializes in critical ethnography and emancipatory methodological approaches.  As a former school teacher in the US and abroad, her teaching interests include transformative pedagogies, service-learning, popular culture, urban education and comparative education. She is the faculty adviser for OSU Cineculture, film screenings with discussion to raise awareness, and is affiliate faculty with the School of International Studies.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Ed Harris

308 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-7932