Our Contributors

Bruce Haynes

Bruce Haynes, FPESA, FPE, is retired after 34 years in teacher education and 50 years of PESA membership. He is founding member, a past president and fellow of PESA, and been always been active member. PESA honours him and Felicity by holding a named lecture at conference. His 2009 papers, in the Educational Philosophy and Theory special issue, Celebration of PESA 40 years, include Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: The official record, and PESA and I: A long engagement, tells us a lot more about his own contribution.

Carl Mika

Carl Mika is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Studies in Education at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand. His iwi affiliations are Tuhourangi and Ngati Whanaunga. With a background in law, indigenous studies and Māori studies, Carl has developed a knowledge base in Western philosophy (especially metaphysics, existentialism and phenomenology). His current research interests are the representation of philosophy as political act for indigenous peoples, and indigenous philosophical theorising generally. He co-convenes the PESA Indigenous Philosophy Group and is Associate Editor of Online Journal of World Philosophies.

Colin Lankshear

Colin Lankshear is an independent educational researcher, writer, and teacher based in México and an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Vincent University (Canada). His research and writing mostly draw on a sociocultural approach to understanding literacy practices that are mediated by new technologies.

David R. Cole

David R. Cole is an Associate Professor in Education at Western Sydney University, Australia, and the founder of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene. He researches in the inter-linked areas of globalisation, critical thinking, literacies, the philosophy of education, and the work of Gilles Deleuze.

Elizabeth M. Gresson

Elizabeth Gresson (formerly Grierson) is an academic and lawyer with PhD in Education and Juris Doctor in Law. After ten years at AUT, Auckland, in 2005 she became Dean of Art at RMIT University Melbourne, retiring as Emeritus Professor in 2015. After marrying Nicholas L. Gresson in 2016, she changed her name from Grierson to Gresson. She now practices as a barrister at Vulcan Chambers, Auckland and a consultant in education  focusing on critical perspectives in law, education and aesthetics.

Gert Biesta

Gert Biesta is Professor of Public Education at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professorial Fellow in Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Greg Misiaszek

Greg Misiaszek is an Assistant Professor of educational theories at Beijing Normal University (BNU) and Associate Director of the Paulo Freire Institute, UCLA

Guanglun Michael Mu

Dr Guanglun Michael Mu is Senior Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology. He is developing a sociology of resilience through his work with Chinese floating children and left-behind children in migration context; Chinese teachers in inclusive education context; and diverse student populations in Australia’s multicultural context. Michael’s work has been published into five books and numerous papers.

Hao Liu

Hao Liu is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he is undertaking research on internationalisation of higher education.

Jānis (John) T. Ozoliņš

Jānis (John) Tālivaldis Ozoliņš, FHERDSA, FPESA, FACE, LZA HZN is Professor in the College of Philosophy and Theology at University of Notre Dame Australia, Visiting Professor, Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University, and Adjunct Lecturer, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne. His most recent book is Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom (Routledge, 2019)

Jason Cong Lin

Cong Lin (Jason) is a PhD candidate at the Unit of Social Contexts and Policies of Education, The University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. His research interests include philosophy of education, multiculturalism and multicultural education, identity, and citizenship and civic education.


Jennifer Bleazby

Jennifer Bleazby is senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. Prior to taking up her position at Monash University, she worked as a philosophy, history, humanities and media studies teacher in both government and independent secondary schools. Her main areas of research are philosophy of education; philosophy for children; ethics and religion in schools; children’s rights; curriculum theory; feminist philosophy; and pragmatism, especially the philosophy of John Dewey.

Joff Bradley

Joff P. N. Bradley is Professor of English in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan and visiting professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India and visiting research fellow at Kyung Hee University is Seoul, South Korea.

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is Emeritus Professor of Education at Macquarie University, Australia. He was closely involved in the early years of Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT) and founding member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) and has continued to contribute to the journal to this day – see the 2019 interview in EPAT. As he says: I have previously romanticised myself sufficiently; those interested can look me up in Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT, 44(5), 450-463). I am now going on 83 and, with apologies to Shakespeare and Keats, I now ‘suffer the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to’: that is all ye need to know.

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.

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.

Michael A. Peters

Michael A. Peters (FRSNZ)  is a New Zealander and is currently Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University, and Emeritus Professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has established and edited many journals and written prodigiously.

Michael W. Apple

Michael W. Apple is Hui Yan Chair Distinguished Professor of Education, Beijing Normal University; John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is one of the foremost educational theorists in the world and a public intellectual and activist-theorist who is deeply committed to empowerment and transformation of people through education. He has worked with governments, researchers, unions, political movements, and dissident groups around the world on building more critically democratic research, policies, and practices in education, making major contributions to the fields of cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, and critical teaching.


Nesta Devine

Nesta Devine is a Professor of Education at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) New Zealand. Her work spans education policy and theory, prison education, Pasifika teachers and school exclusion. It aims to disrupt the structures and pedagogical assumptions that can lead to inequities for different groups of learners in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is the former president of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) and Associate Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT).

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.

Paul Gibbs

Professor Paul Gibbs is Director of Education Research at the University of Middlesex, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Open University in Hong Kong and the University of Cyprus. He has published 20 books on topics ranging from the marketing of higher education to vocationalism and higher education, informed by an approach to transdisciplinarity that draws on Heidegger, neo-Confucian thought and the insights of Basarab Nicolescu.

Petar Jandrić

Petar Jandrić is Professor at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Croatia, and Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of Postdigital Science and Education journal and book series. His research focuses on the intersections between critical pedagogy and information and communication technologies.

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.


Phobos belongs to the Pantheon of Greek gods, in which they hold the title of god of fear. They are the son of Ares and twin of Deimos. Phobos does his best work in battles, and is cited in the literature and depicted on weaponry of the Ancient Greek period. But they have reached into modernity through a moon of Mars and an episode of Doctor Who.

Rima D. Apple

Rima D. Apple is Hui Yan Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China & Vilas Life Cycle Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Rima has published extensively in women’s history, the history of medicine and nursing, and the history of nutrition –   Perfect motherhood: Science and childrearing in America, Rutgers University Press, 2006.    In 2018 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of the History of Medicine.

Sharon Rider

Sharon Rider is Professor of Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden, specializing on the cultural conditions for knowledge and rational agency. She was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts 2008-2014, and is currently Deputy Director of the Swedish Research Council-funded Engaging VulnerabilityProgram. Rider is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Swedish International Cooperation Agency, and a member of the The Royal Society of Humanities at Uppsala. In 2015, she was the first recipient of the HumTank award for significant contribution to the humanities.

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; the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, and the Association for Visual Pedagogies. She is PESA Past President and Founding President of the Association for Visual Pedagogies. Tina is Project Manager and Editor of PESA Agora,  and deputy editor of  Educational Philosophy and Theory.   A recent book is  Post-Truth, Fake News: Viral Modernity in Higher Education (2019).