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Barbara Thayer-Bacon

Barbara Thayer-Bacon, PhD

Professor, Cultural Studies


Cooking, gardening, skiing, hiking, swimming (especially in the ocean), rock ‘n’ roll, and being Bubbe to my adorable granddaughters.


  • Philosophy of Education
  • Pragmatism
  • Feminist Theory and Pedagogy
  • Cultural Studies in Education


PhD, Philosophy of Education, Indiana University, 1991

MA, Curriculum and Instruction, San Diego State University, 1987

BA, Philosophy, Rutgers University and Pennsylvania State University, 1974

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Awards and Recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

Willystine Goodsell Award, Research on Women and Education, 2014-15. Lecture will be given at AERA, 2015.

Visiting Scholar, University of Luxembourg, Feb-March, 2014

Keynote Speaker, Pedagogy of Hope Conference, Liverpool Hope University, UK, June, 2015



Thayer-Bacon, B. (2014). The importance of cultural studies for education: For teachers and policymakers in America. In Mueller, M., Tippins, D. and Stewart, A.J. (Eds.). Assessing schools for generation r (responsibility), pp. 267-277. New York, NY: Springer.

Thayer-Bacon, B. (2014) Montessori education. In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, SAGE Publications.

Recent Presentations

“An examination of bell hooks’ radical democratic educational theory,” International Conference on Critical Pedagogies and Philosophy of Education, Liverpool Hope University, June 12-13, 2014, Liverpool, UK

“Dr. Maria Montessori: An important Italian philosopher of education,” International Network of Philosophers of Education biannual conference, August 21-23, 2014, Consenza, Italy.

Barbara Thayer-Bacon

Contact Information

  • 530 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-9505
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