Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

Barbara Thayer-Bacon, PhD


418 Claxton Complex
1126 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452


Cooking, gardening, skiing, hiking, swimming (especially in the ocean), rock ‘n’ roll, and being Bubbe to my adorable granddaughters.

Program Coordinator for Learning Environments and Educational Studies

Program Coordinator for Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

Graduate Certificate Coordinator for Cultural Studies in Education


Education – Learning Environments and Educational Studies

Education – Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations


  • PhD, Philosophy of Education, Indiana University, 1991
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, San Diego State University, 1987
  • BA, Philosophy, Rutgers University and Pennsylvania State University, 1974

Curriculum Vita

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Pragmatism
  • Feminist Theory and Pedagogy
  • Cultural Studies in Education

Recent Publications

Thayer-Bacon, B. (2014). The importance of cultural studies for education: For teachers and policymakers in America. In Mueller, M., Tippins, D. and Stewart, A.J. (Eds.). Assessing schools for generation r (responsibility), pp. 267-277. New York, NY: Springer.

Thayer-Bacon, B. (2014) Montessori education. In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, SAGE Publications.

Recent Presentations

“An examination of bell hooks’ radical democratic educational theory,” International Conference on Critical Pedagogies and Philosophy of Education, Liverpool Hope University, June 12-13, 2014, Liverpool, UK

“Dr. Maria Montessori: An important Italian philosopher of education,” International Network of Philosophers of Education biannual conference, August 21-23, 2014, Consenza, Italy.

Recent Awards

Willystine Goodsell Award, Research on Women and Education, 2014-15. Lecture will be given at AERA, 2015.

Visiting Scholar, University of Luxembourg, Feb-March, 2014

Keynote Speaker, Pedagogy of Hope Conference, Liverpool Hope University, UK, June, 2015

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