Hannah Spector, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Office Phone
Office Location
Olmsted Building, W331
W331 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
Biography

Dr. Spector’s scholarly interests involve the interplay between politics, ethics, and education. Her research is published in journals such as Curriculum Inquiry; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Crime|Media|Culture; Studies in Philosophy and Education; Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; Transnational Curriculum Inquiry; Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. She co-edited a special journal issue of Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (2017, with R. Lake and T. Kress) on Maxine Greene and the Pedagogy of Social Imagination: An Intellectual Genealogy, which is republished as a book with Routledge (2018).

Dr. Spector has received several awards for her research including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s SIG Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies (2019) and the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Dissertation Award (2014). Her article “Fukushima Daiichi: A never-ending story of pain or outrage?” received the Outstanding Paper Award in Canadian Curriculum Studies (2013) and the Graduate Student Award from the American Educational Research Association’s SIG Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies (2013).

Before working in higher education, Dr. Spector taught high school English in her home state of Florida.

Research Interests

Ethics and education

Curriculum theory

Educational cosmopolitanism

Hannah Arendt's political theory

Publications

Spector, H. (in press). Trends and typologies of cosmopolitanism in education. In M. F. He & W. Schubert (Eds.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.1153

Spector, H and Price, T. (2020). As the virtual dust settles: Looking back at and beyond AAACS 2020. Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, 14(1), 1-10. doi: https://doi.org/10.14288/jaaacs.v14i1

Spector, H. (2020). Homage to the place(lessness) of poetry and the poetic life of Carl Leggo. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 17(2), 34-37.

Spector, H. (2018). Bureaucratization, education, and the meanings of responsibility. Curriculum Inquiry, 48(5), 503-520. doi:10.1080/03626784.2018.1547615

Spector, H., Lake, R., and Kress, T. (2017). [Introduction]. Maxine Greene and the pedagogy of social imagination: An intellectual genealogy. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 39(1), 1-6. doi:10.1080/10714413.2017.1262150

Spector, H. (2017). Cultivating the ethical imagination in education: Perspectives from three public intellectuals. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 39(1), 39-59. doi:10.1080/10714413.2017.1262157

Spector, H. (2017). The cosmopolitan subject and the question of cultural identity: The case of “Crime and Punishment.” Crime, Media, Culture, 13(1), 21-40. doi:10.1177/1741659016634813

Spector, H. (2016). Hannah Arendt, education, and the question of totalitarianism. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 37(1), 89-101. doi:10.1080/01596306.2014.927113

Spector, H. (2015). The great unescape: Three Mile Island, Fukushima, and beyond. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 37(4), 271-288. doi:10.1080/10714413.2015.1065613

Spector, H. (2015). The who and the what of educational cosmopolitanism. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 34(4), 423-440. doi:10.1007/s11217-014-9441-4

Spector, H. (2012). Fukushima Daiichi: A never-ending story of pain or outrage? Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, 9(1), 80-97.

Spector, H. (2012). Ethical learning in an age of standardization. English Quarterly, 43(3-4), 125-129.

Spector, H. (2011). The cosmopolitan imagination in Philip Roth’s “Eli, the fanatic.” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 27(3), 224-238.

Spector, H. (2011). The question of cosmopolitanism. Education Review, 14(2), 1-14.

Education

Ph.D. (U of British Columbia)

M.F.A. (Emerson)

B.A. (U of Florida)

Course Schedule
EDTHP 115S - Educational Theory and Policy
EDUC 315W - Social and Cultural Factors in Education
EDUC 416 - Teaching English and Humanities
EDUC 505 - Curriculum Foundations
EDUC 591- Education Seminar: Capstone Course