Authored and edited books
I have published broadly in the areas of philosophy of education and global studies in education, focusing on questions related to what it means to be a good person in varied social and political contexts. Some of my key texts are highlighted here. See my CV for more detailed information.
Beyond Virtue: Politics of Educating Emotions
Cambridge University Press, 2020
Educating students for emotional wellbeing is a vital task in schools. However, educating emotions is not straightforward. Emotional processes can be challenging to identify and control. How emotions are valued varies across societies, while individuals within societies face different emotional expectations. For example, girls face pressure to be happy and caring, while boys are often encouraged to be brave. This text analyses the best practices of educating emotions. The focus is not just on the psychological benefits of emotional regulation, but also on how calls for educating emotions connect to the aims of society. The book explores psychology's understanding of emotions, 'the politics of emotions', and philosophy. It also discusses education for happiness, compassion, gratitude, resilience, mindfulness, courage, vulnerability, anger, sadness, and fear.
I am a philosopher of education who brings philosophical and theoretical texts and arguments to bear on matters relating to schooling in society. My work focuses on the diversity of human experience.
I am an editor for the book series New Directions in the Philosophy of Education (Routledge), and Deputy Editor for the leading journal Educational Philosophy and Theory. I am Immediate Past President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia and Past Director of the Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong.
I have worked in England, Scotland, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong. I grew up in Oregon, and did my MPhil at Cambridge and my PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have been based in Hong Kong since 2012.