PESA Agora Team

PESA Agora Editor in Chief – Michael A. Peters

Michael A. Peters, Distinguished Professor of Education, Beijing Normal University, P.R. China is Emeritus Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (USA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and was awarded honorary doctorates by State University of New York (SUNY) in 2012 and Aalborg University, Denmark in 2015. He held a personal chair at University of Auckland and professorships at Universities of Glasgow and Waikato. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Educational Philosophy and Theory and founding editor of several other journals. He is the author of 120 books in education and philosophy.

PESA Agora Editor & Project Manager –  Tina Besley

Tina Besley is a Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, P.R. China. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, and The Association for Visual Pedagogies; deputy editor of  Educational Philosophy and Theory, and the Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy. She is PESA Past President and Founding President of the Association for Visual Pedagogies. A recent book is  Post-Truth, Fake News: Viral Modernity in Higher Education (2019) & Pandemic Education and Viral Politics (2021)

PESA Agora Deputy Editor & Social Media – Sean Sturm

Sean Sturm, is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, New Zealand coordinates its Higher Education programme. He is Book Reviews Editor for Educational Philosophy and Theory, Editor of Knowledge Cultures and Treasurer for the Association for Visual Pedagogies. He researches at the intersection of philosophy of education, critical university studies and settler studies.

ACCESS Editor – Nina Hood

Nina Hood , Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand focuses on the philosophy and practice of knowledge mobilisation in education and the role and purpose of the practical knowledge of teachers, and open, online learning in higher education. She founded The Education Hub, a not-for-profit that bridges the gap between research and practice in education. She is Editor, for Access: Contemporary Issues in  Education.

ACCESS Deputy Editor –  Marek Tesar

Marek Tesar , Associate Professor and Associate Dean International at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is a deputy editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory, and for Access: Contemporary Issues in  Education, and a member of PESA Executive. His research is focused on philosophical methods, childhood studies and early childhood education, the construction of childhoods, notions of place/space, and methodological and philosophical thinking around ontologies and the ethics of researching these notions. He is Editor-in Chief of Policy Futures in Education.

ACCESS Editorial Administrator – Andrew Madjar

Andrew Madjar was a primary school teacher for ten years and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, exploring moral uncertainty in the lives of teachers. He is on the PESA Executive and is Editorial Administrator for Access: Contemporary Issues in  Education. His research uses hermeneutic and phenomenological philosophy to develop understandings of pedagogy and practice that are grounded in lived experience.

Finance – Rachel Buchanan

Rachel Buchanan is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She teaches educational foundations, and has published in the areas of educational philosophy, pedagogy, technology, policy and politics. Her research area is equity in education with a focus on the use of educational technology and how this impacts the practice, education and identities of educators and students. She is Executive Editor of E- Learning and Digital Media and  is PESA Treasurer.

Videos – Rene Novak

Rene Novak has teaching qualifications, degrees in pedagogy, science, and a Master of Education (Waikato). For the last ten years he has been working for BestStart Educare and is currently Professional Services Manager, Tauranga. He is a PhD candidate theorising childhood pedagogy and technology education focusing on developing new methodologies to study the importance of play involving virtual reality as a tool and a method.

Communications – Courtney White

Courtney White is a PhD student in Media and Communications at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests lie in effective animal rights activism and media engagement with vegan praxis. Courtney has worked in a range of media and communications-based roles, specialising in copywriting, social media management, media engagement and PR, and podcast hosting. She has written for Health Times and New Zealand Vegan Magazine.

Webinars & Podcasts – Liz Jackson

Liz Jackson is Professor of International Education at the Education University of Hong Kong and is PESA President. Liz is an editor for New Directions in the Philosophy of Education , Educational Philosophy and Theory: Editor’s Choice, and Deputy Editor for Educational Philosophy and Theory. She has written, Muslims and Islam In US Education: Reconsidering Multiculturalism; and Questioning Allegiance: Resituating Civic Education.

Sonja Arndt

Sonja Arndt is a lecturer in early childhood education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. She is the Vice President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Deputy Editor of Policy Futures in Education, Chair of the Foucault SIG, AERA, and of the Editors’ Collective and co-editor of the book series Children: Global posthumanist perspectives and materialist theories.

Christoph Teschers

Christoph Teschers is Senior Lecturer at the School of Educational Studies and Leadership, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and is PESA Secretary. His research focus lies on wellbeing, the art of living and educational theory and practice. Other areas of interest include philosophy for children, positive psychology, inclusive education, ethics and social justice. His latest book is Education and Schmid’s Art of Living (2018).