Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division
History of American Education; Politics of Education; Sex, Sexuality, and Schools; Campus Politics and Student Protests; College Teaching and Learning; the effect of “Culture Wars” on public schools; Education and Historical Memory
Jonathan Zimmerman is one of the foremost education historians working today. His work examines how education practices and policies have developed over time, and the myths that often cloud our understanding of teaching and learning. He has a particular interest in how political and social movements come to shape education. A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher, Zimmerman has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Review of Books, and The Atlantic.
Laura Perna speaks about academics' frustrations with predatory practices in the student loan industry. "We have this structural reliance on loan servicers," she explains. "If they're not doing their job, it's a problem."