Degrees & Programs

History, Philosophy & Comparative Education

Apply humanities and social science perspectives to the theory and practice of education. Examine educational practices in other cultures and regions. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of educational phenomena to improve their application and effectiveness.

Programs Offered:

By deepening your understanding of the economic, social, political, and cultural forces that drive education practice and policy, you can work to improve your effectiveness as a practitioner, or pursue a career in leadership, policymaking, or research.

Our Faculty

Our faculty’s research interests range from the moral and ethical implications of education policy to citizenship education in emerging democracies. Their global focus spans education and schooling in China to the impact of slavery on American education.

Wherever your own scholarly interests take you, you’ll find a willing mentor to help you plan your degree program, choose research topics, and guide your intellectual growth.

Bloomington Faculty

  • Dionne Danns, Associate Professor
  • Patricia Kubow, Professor and Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)
  • Bradley Levinson, Professor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Latino Studies
  • Sylvia Martinez, Associate Professor
  • Margaret Sutton, Associate Professor
  • Andrea Walton, Associate Professor of Education; Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies (School of Liberal Arts)
  • Quentin Wheeler Bell, Assistant Professor

Faculty Affiliates



  • Heidi Ross, Professor and Director, East Asian Studies Center; adjunct, East Asian Languages and Cultures

While most students go on to faculty positions in education, this discipline has important implications for education policy, instructional design, and education leadership in the public and private sectors. As a result, many of students find employment opportunities as policymakers, instructional designers, and education leaders in the private sector or with public institutions and nonprofit organizations.


For detailed information about history and philosophy of education degrees, contact:

History of Education

Andrea Walton
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4250
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8359

Philosophy of Education

Quentin Wheeler-Bell
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4236
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8385

International and Comparative Education

Dr. Bradley Levinson
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4250
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8359

Dr. Margaret Sutton
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4250
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8368