Thomas Popkewitz‘s career at UW-Madison spans an incredible forty-eight years, where he made his mark in 1970. The US State Department selected him to organize an American delegation on teaching and learning for joint Soviet/American seminar at USSR Academy of Pedagogical Sciences Presidium in 1978. This role marked the beginning of many international opportunities and honors throughout his career.
With an accomplished listing across his professional curriculum vitae, Popkewitz recently decided to become a member of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. His research is in the sociology of knowledge and educational research, focusing on the politics of knowledge in the social and psychological sciences. His interests intersect with other researchers and scientists on the UW-Madison campus, several who are members of the Holtz Center. All of these interactions seemed like a logical fit for ongoing collaboration.
Popkewitz is currently a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His studies are of a history of present American and European social and psychological sciences related to schools. His interest is primarily in the historical conditions that make possible these sciences and the principles generated about the hope of a common belonging and inclusion that simultaneously engenders fears of moral disorder and cultural differences.
With approximately thirty books and 300 articles written and edited, Popkewitz is a well-accomplished and decorated contributor to educational studies. His work has been translated into twelve different languages. His current book, “The Impracticality of Practical Research: A History of Sciences of Change That Conserve“, moves across the historical terrains of American Progressivism, post-World War Two, and contemporary sciences related to educational change. The book explores how science “acts” paradoxically to produce double gestures of hopes and fears.
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