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Many faculty members at Queens College are leaders in research on global themes and issues. Many also do research that examines the impact of globalization on higher education in the US and around the world. You can read more about their work here.

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 Joel Spring

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​Joel Spring is a professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, whose scholarship focuses on educational globalization, educational policy, the politics of education. Joel Spring has published over twenty books on American and global school policies (a short list can be found below). Joel Spring is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He lived for many summers on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, Alaskan Visions, reflects these Alaskan experiences. His recent novel is about Native Americans, slavery, racism, gay, marriage, and hippies is An All-American Family. His novel, Common Core: A Story of School Terrorism has recently been nominated for an academic award.

Joel Spring has been given numerous educational awards and lectureships including the Society of Professors of Education Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Field of Education; the University of Wisconsin Alumni Achievement Award; Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer; Presidential Lectureship, University of Vermont; Mitstifer Lectureship; Green Honors Chair Lectures, Texas Christian University; R. Freeman Butts Lecture; and the John Dewey Memorial Lecture.

Professor Spring has given invited lecture nationally and internationally, including Singapore, Turkey, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. In the fall of 2012, he will lecture on “Global Issues: Schooling Minority Cultures and Languages” to honor the opening of the multicultural center at Minzu University, Beijing China.

At Queens College, Professor Spring teaches "Education 105: Education in Global Times: Radical to Conservative Agendas" each Fall semester and this Spring he will give the Charles DeGarmo Lecture: "Global Education: Corporatization of the Worker and Family."
Published Books on Globalization by Joel Spring:

2009 Globalization of Education: An Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2009).
2007 A New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life (New York: Routledge, 2007).
2006 Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State (Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006).
2004 How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society (Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004).
2001 Globalization and Educational Rights (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001).
2000 The Universal Right to Education: Definition, Justification, and Guidelines (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000).
1998 Education and the Rise of the Global Economy (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998).
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