Zeus Leonardo

Department of Education
University of California, Berkeley

Zeus Leonardo is a Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned both his B.A. in English and Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. Dr. Leonardo has published several dozen articles and book chapters on critical educational theory. He is the author of Ideology, Discourse, and School Reform (Praeger) and he is editor of Critical Pedagogy and Race (Blackwell), and co-editor (with Tejeda and Martinez) of Charting New Terrains of Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Education (Hampton).  His articles have appeared in Educational Researcher; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; and Educational Philosophy and Theory.  Some of his essays include: “The Souls of White Folk,” “Critical Social Theory and Transformative Knowledge,” and “The Unhappy Marriage between Marxism and Race Critique.”  In 2007, he edited a special issue of Race Ethnicity & Education on No Child Left Behind. He is currently working on the Handbook of Cultural Politics and Education (SensePublishers). Dr. Leonardo’s current research interests involve the study of ideologies and discourses in education. Much of his work is interdisciplinary and draws insights from sociology, contemporary philosophy, and cultural studies. In particular, he engages critical theories to inform his analysis of the relationship between schooling and social relations, such as race, class, culture, and gender. His research is informed by the premise that educational knowledge should promote the democratization of schools and society.