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.

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By deepening your understanding of the philosophical and historical underpinnings of education, as well as the social, political, and cultural forces that drive education practice and policy, you can work to improve your effectiveness as an educator, or pursue a career in leadership, policymaking, higher education teaching, or research.

Our Faculty

Our faculty’s research interests range from the moral and ethical implications of education policy to citizenship education and secondary education reform in emerging democracies. Their global focus ranges from teacher preparation in Indonesia, to schooling for democracy in South Africa, to the impact of slavery on contemporary 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 of Comparative and International Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bradley Levinson, Professor of Education; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Latino Studies
  • Sylvia Martinez, Associate Professor
  • David Rutkowski, 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


  • Robert Arnove, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
  • Barry Bull, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy of Education and Education Policy Studies
  • Luise McCarty, Associate Professor in Philosophy of Education
  • Donald Warren, Professor Emeritus


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

While most students go on to faculty positions in education, the breadth of this program area provides fundamental insights into the teaching and learning process, and education policy. As a result, many of our graduates 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 4218
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

Education Policy Studies
Dr. Margaret Sutton
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4254
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8368