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Studies in Philosophy and Education

Barbara Thayer-Bacon, CSE and LEEDS Program Coordinator, was chosen to be Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Philosophy and Education – marking the first time in the journal’s history to have a female Editor-in-Chief.


Studies in Philosophy and Education (SPED) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that has been in existence for more than 50 years. The journal invites collaboration and academic exchanges among philosophers, philosophers of education, educational and social science researchers, and educational policy makers throughout the world. SPED focuses on the conceptual, normative, philosophical, and theoretical issues in educational research, policy, and practice.

Thayer-Bacon explained “what is a surprise is to discover that with my becoming Editor-in-Chief, I become the first woman to serve in this role not only for SPED, but also for any of the top ranted English journals in educational philosophy.”

She expressed her excitement about beginning this new role and continuing to develop the “long-standing strength and quality of this journal.” She will be working with the former Editor-in-Chief, Gert Biesta, who is remaining on the Editorial Board for a year to assist with the transition.