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Ron Scapp, PhD

Ron Scapp

Professor of Humanities and Teacher Education
PhD, Stony Brook University
MA, Stony Brook University
BA, Queens College

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural theory
  • Multiculturalism
  • Education and urban education
  • Ethnic studies, ethics, and values
  • Politics
  • Immigration, urban affairs, and homelessness
  • Philosophy


  • EDUC 502 Foundations/Urban Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 504 Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 506: Language, Cognitive Development and Cultural Diversity
  • EDUC 570 Metaphors We Teach By
  • IDS 670 Leadership, Policy and Development (Graduate Program in International Development and Service)

Fellowships and Memberships
Board of Directors, National Association for Ethnic Studies
Fellow, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado at Boulder
Fellow, Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University
Member, Group Thought, a philosophy collective Red Hook, Brooklyn
Senior Associate, Urban Educators Forum, United Federation of Teachers, Teacher Center

Selected Presentations
“Tucson and the Case For Ethnic Studies,” Invited speaker, University of Arizona, Fall, 2015.

“The Assault on Ethnic Studies: An Assault on Democracy?” Invited speaker, SUNY at Stony Brook, Spring, 2015.

“Man Enough: Masculinity In and Outside the Classroom,” Invited Panelist with bell hooks, New School University Fall, 2014.

“Self (Ad)Dress: Some Remarks on Dressing and Addressing Oneself and Others,” Invited Speaker, Parsons School of Design, Fall 2013.

“Being Philosophical Elsewhere: Philosophy Outside the Profession,” Invited speaker, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook, Spring 2013.

“Education, Power and Leadership,” The Joseph Hearst Memorial Lecture, Spring, 2013 Frank Church Symposium, Idaho State University.

“Diversity and Differentiation: Implications for Accreditation,” Invited speaker, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the 64th Annual Conference, Chicago, Winter 2012.

“The Empire Strikes Back: Confronting the Assault on Ethnic Studies and Moving Forward,” National Association for Ethnic Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif., Spring 2011

“They Skool: The Anti-Urban Bias in Urban Education,” Lecture Series, New Perspectives on Contemporary Education, Eugene Lang College, Spring 2010

“The Census 2010: Are We Constituted to Count? Or, On Revisiting the Three Fifths Compromise,” National Association for Ethnic Studies, Washington D.C., Spring 2010

“Building Communities of Participation: Teachers as Leaders,” State Improvement Symposium, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington, D.C., Summer 2008

Professional Affiliations
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Educational Research Association
International Association for Philosophy and Literature
Kappa Delta Pi
National Association for Ethnic Studies
National Association for Multicultural Education
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Society for Values in Higher Education

Publications (Books)
Reclaiming Education: Moving Beyond the Culture of Reform, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, Co-Editor Brian Seitz; Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Eating Culture, Co-Editor Brian Seitz; State University of New York Press, 1998.

Ethnic Studies Review (Journal), Editor, 2011-Present.

Co-editor: Scapp, R. and Seitz, B., Fashion Statements: On Style, Appearance and Reality, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Co-editor: Scapp, R. and Seitz, B., Etiquette: Reflections on Contemporary Comportment, SUNY Press, 2007

Managing to be Different: Educational Leadership as Critical Practice, Routledge, 2006

Teaching Values: Critical Perspectives on Education, Politics and Culture, Routledge, 2003