An Educator's List of Recommended Reading

First off, this is a "work in progress." Months ago, I started compiling together (mostly in my head) books that have shaped, influenced, or caused reactions in my thinking as an educator. In no way is this a comprehensive list, nor are all the books about education, per se. It's a bibliography of my biography as a teacher and a thinker over the last decade. 


Adorno, Theodor. Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life. Verso. ISBN-10: 1844670511 | ISBN-13: 978-1844670512.

Althusser, Louis. “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus.” Lenin and Philosophy. Monthly Review Press. ISBN-10: 1583670394 | ISBN-13: 978-1583670392.

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. W. W. Norton and Co. ISBN-10: 9780393329339 | ISBN-13: 978-0393329339.

Lynda Barry's Syllabus
Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. The University of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226025985 | ISBN-13: 978-0226025988.

Bakhtin, M. M. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. University of Texas Press. ISBN-10: 029271534X | ISBN-13: 978-0292715349.

Baldwin, James. Collected Essays. Library of America. ISBN-10: 1883011523 | ISBN-13: 978-1883011529.

Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. Drawn and Quarterly. ISBN-10: 1770461612 | ISBN-13: 978-1770461611.

Barthes, Roland. Image-Music-Text. Hill and Wang. ISBN-10: 0374521360 | ISBN-13: 978-0374521363.

Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN-10: 0374521506. ISBN-13: 978-0374521509.

Benjamin, Walter. Illuminations. Schocken Books. ISBN-10: 0805202412 | ISBN-13: 978-0805202410.

Benjamin, Walter. Reflections. Schocken Books. ISBN-10: 0156762455 | ISBN-13: 978-0156762458.
Biesta, Gert. The Beautiful Risk of Education. Routledge. ISBN-10: 1612050271 | ISBN-13: 978-1612050270.

Biesta, Gert and Charles Bingham. Jacques Ranciere: Education, Truth, Emancipation. Bloomsbury. ISBN-10: 1441190953 | ISBN-13: 978-1441190956.

Bingham, Charles. Authority is Relational: Rethinking Educational Empowerment. State University of New York Press. ISBN-10: 0791474046 | ISBN-13: 978-0791474044.

Bogost, Ian. Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. Basic Books. ISBN-10: 0465051723 | ISBN-13: 978-0465051724.

Boltanski, Luc and Even Chiapello. The New Spirit of Capitalism. Verso. ISBN-10: 1844671658 | ISBN-13: 978-1844671656.

Bourdieu, Pierre and Jean-Claude Passeron. Reproduction in Education, Society, and Culture. Sage Publications. ISBN-10: 0803983204 | ISBN-13: 978-0803983205.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415389550 | ISBN-13: 978-0415389556.

Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Broadway Books. ISBN-10: 0307352153 | ISBN-13: 978-0307352156.

Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. Monthly Review Press. ISBN-10: 1583670254 | ISBN-13: 978-1583670255.

Cole, David. Educational Life-forms: Deleuzian Teaching and Learning Practice. Sense Publishers. ISBN-10: 9460916104 | ISBN-13: 978-9460916106.

Cormier, Dave. "Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum." Dave's Educational Blog. 3 June 2008.

Cormier, Dave. "Rhizomatic Learning: Why We Teach?" Dave's Educational Blog. 5 November 2011.

Crary, Jonathan. 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep. Verso. ISBN-10: 1781683107 | ISBN-13: 978-1781683101.

Crocket, Clay. "Pedagogy and Radical Equality: Ranciere's Ignorant Schoolmaster." in Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory vol. 12 no. 2 (Fall 2012): 163-173.

Culp, Andrew. Dark Deleuze. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN-10: 1517901332 | ISBN-13: 978-1517901332.

Damasio, Anthony. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. Penguin Books. ISBN-10: 014303622X | ISBN-13: 978-0143036227.

Davidson, Donald. "On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme." Inquiries Into Truth and Understanding. Clarendon Press. ISBN-10: 0199246297 | ISBN-13: 978-0199246298.

De Zengotita, Thomas. Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It. Bloomsbury. ISBN-10: 1596910321 | ISBN-13: 978-1596910324.

Dean, Jodi. Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive. Polity. ISBN-10: 074564970X | ISBN-13: 978-0745649702.

Deleuze & Guattari's
A Thousand Plateaus
Deleuze, Gilles. Difference and Repetition. Columbia University Press. ISBN-10: 0231081596 | ISBN-13: 978-0231081597.

Deleuze, Gilles & Felix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN-10: 9780816614028 | ISBN-13: 978-0816614028.

Deleuze, Gilles & Felix Guattari. What is Philosophy? Columbia University Press. ISBN-10: 0231079893 | ISBN-13: 978-0231079891.

Descartes, Rene. Discourse on Method & Meditations on First Philosophy. Hackett Publishing Co. ISBN-10: 0872204200 | ISBN-13: 978-0872204201.

Dewey, John. Democracy and Education. Free Press. ISBN-10: 0684836319 | ISBN-13: 978-0684836317.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. W. W. Norton and Co. ISBN-10: 0393317552 | ISBN-13: 978-0393317558.

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. Dover Thrift Editions. ISBN-10: 0486280411 | ISBN-13: 978-0486280417.

Duckworth, Eleanor. The Having of Wonderful Ideas: And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning. Teachers College Press. ISBN-10: 0807747300 | ISBN-13: 978-0807747308.

Ellsworth, Elizabeth. Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy. Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415931592 | ISBN-13: 978-0415931595.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Grove Press. ISBN-10: 0802143008 | ISBN-13: 978-0802143006.

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Grove Press. ISBN-10: 0802141323 | ISBN-13: 978-0802141323.

Fauconnier, Gilles and Mark Turner. The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending and the Mind's Hidden Complexities. ISBN-10: 0465087868 | ISBN-13: 978-0465087860.

Felman, Shoshana. “Education and Crisis, or the Vicissitudes of Teaching.” Trauma: Explorations in Memory. The John Hopkins University Press. ISBN-10: 080185007X | ISBN-13: 978-0801850073.

Fisher, Mark. Capitalist Realism. Zero Books. ISBN-10: 1846943175 | ISBN-13: 978-1846943171.

Foucault, Michel. Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews. Cornell University Press. ISBN-10: 0801492041 | ISBN-13: 978-0801492044.

Foucault, Michel. “Truth and Power.” Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977. Vintage. ISBN-10: 039473954X | ISBN-13: 978-0394739540.

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Bloomsbury. ISBN-10: 0826412769 | ISBN-13: 978-0826412768.

Freud, Sigmund. The Ego and the Id. W. W. Norton and Co. ISBN-10: 0393001423 | ISBN-13: 978-0393001426.

Galloway, Alexander R. Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN-10: 0816648514 | ISBN-13: 978-0816648511.

Galloway, Alexander R. The Interface Effect. Polity. ISBN-10: 0745662536 | ISBN-13: 978-0745662534.

Galloway, Alexander R and Eugene Thacker. The Exploit: A Theory of Networks. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN-10: 0816650446 | ISBN-13: 978-0816650446.

Galloway, R. "Reconsidering Emancipatory Education: Staging a Conversation Between Paulo Freire and Jacques Ranciere." Educational Theory, 62: 163-184.

Gazzaley, Adam and Larry D. Rosen. The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World. MIT Press. ISBN-10: 0262034948 | ISBN-13: 978-0262034944.

Goffey, Andrew. "Guattari and Transversality: Institutions, Analysis, and Experimentation." Radical Philosophy, RP 195 (Jan/Feb 2016).

Goodman, Nelson. Ways of Worldmaking. Hackett Publishing Co. ISBN-10: 0915144514 | ISBN-13: 978-0915144518.

F. Guattari's Psychoanalysis
and Transversality
Graeber, David. Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Melville House. ISBN-10: 1612194192 | ISBN-13: 978-1612194196.

Greene, Maxine. Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change. Jossey-Bass. ISBN-10: 0787952915 | ISBN-13: 978-0787952914.

Guattari, Felix. "Transversality." Psychoanalysis and Transversality: Texts and Interviews, 1955-1971. Semiotext(e). ISBN-10: 1584351276 | ISBN-13: 978-1584351276.

Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. University of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226321428 | ISBN-13: 978-0226321424.

Heidegger, Martin. “The Question Concerning Technology.” Basic Writings. Haper Collins. ISBN-10: 0060637633 | ISBN-13: 978-0060637637.

hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415908086 | ISBN-13: 978-0415908085.

Hume, David. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Hackett Classics. ISBN-10: 0872202291 | ISBN-13: 978-0872202290.

Husserl, Edmund. The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy. Northwestern University Press. ISBN-10: 081010458X | ISBN-13: 978-0810104587. 

Illich, Ivan. Deschooling Society. Marion Boyars Publishers. ISBN-10: 0714508799 | ISBN-13: 978-0714508795.

Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism: or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Duke University Press. ISBN-10: 0822310902 | ISBN-13: 978-0822310907.

Johnson, Mark and George Lakoff. Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226468011 | ISBN-13: 978-0226468013.

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. ISBN-10: 0374533555 | ISBN-13: 978-0374533557.

Kant, Immanuel. "An Answer to the Question: 'What is Enlightenment?'" Political Writings. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521398371 | ISBN-13: 978-0521398374.

Kirby, Alan. Digimodernism: How New Technologies Dismantle the Postmodern and Reconfigure Our Culture. Bloomsbury. ISBN-10: 1441175288 | ISBN-13: 978-1441175281.

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. Broadway Books. ISBN-10: 0770435688 | ISBN-13: 978-0770435684.

Kuhn, Thomas. The Stucture of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226458121 | ISBN-13: 978-0226458120.

Latour, Bruno. An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. Harvard University Press. ISBN-10: 0674724992 | ISBN-13: 978-0674724990.

Latour, Bruno. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford University Press. ISBN-10: 0199256055 | ISBN-13: 978-0199256051.

Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern. Harvard University Press. ISBN-10: 0674948394 | ISBN-13: 978-0674948396.

Levi-Strauss, Claude. Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture. Schocken. ISBN-10: 0805210385 | ISBN-13: 978-0805210385.

Lebron, Christopher J. The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea. Oxford University Press. ISBN-10: 0190601345 | ISBN-13: 978-0190601348.

Lovink, Geert. Networks without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media. Polity. ISBN-10: 0745649688 | ISBN-13: 978-0745649689.

Luiselli, Valeria. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. Coffee House Press. ISBN-10: 1566894956 | ISBN-13: 978-1566894951.

Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN-10: 0816611734 | ISBN-13: 978-0816611737.

Malabou, Catherine. The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage. Fordham University Press. ISBN-10: 0823239683 | ISBN-13: 978-0823239689.

Malabou, Catherine. What Should We Do with Our Brain? Fordham University Press. ISBN-10: 082322953X | ISBN-13: 978-0823229536.

Marcuse, Herbert. "The Affirmative Character of Culture." Negations: Essays in Critical Theory." Free Association Books. ISBN-10: 185343048X | ISBN-13: 978-1853430480.

Marcuse, Herbert. One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society. Beacon Press. ISBN-10: 0807014176 | ISBN-13: 978-0807014172.

Masny, Diana, Ed. Cartographies of Becoming in Education. Sense Publishers. ISBN-10: 9462091684 | ISBN-13: 978-9462091689.

Masny, Diana and Inna Semetsky, Eds. Deleuze and Education. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN-10: 0748643028 | ISBN-13: 978-0748643028.

Mead, George Herbert. The Philosophy of Education. Routledge. ISBN-10: 159451531X | ISBN-13: 978-1594515316.

Meillassoux, Quentin. After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency. Continuum/Bloomsbury. ISBN-10: 1441173838 | ISBN-13: 978-1441173836.

Moretti, Franco. Distant Reading. Verso. ISBN-10: 1781680841 | ISBN-13: 978-1781680841.

Morozov, Evgeny. To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. Public Affairs. ISBN-10: 1610393708 | ISBN-13: 978-1610393706.

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. Vintage. ISBN-10: 0679745424 | ISBN-13: 978-0679745426.

Nagle, Angela. Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right. Zero Books. ISBN-10: 1785355430 | ISBN-13: 978-1785355431.

Nealon, Jeffrey. Post-Postmodernism: or, The Cultural Logic of Just-in-Time Capitalism. ISBN-10: 0804781451 | ISBN-13: 978-0804781459.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Gay Science. Vintage. ISBN-10: 0394719859 | ISBN-13: 978-0394719856.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. "On Truth and Lying in a Nonmoral Sense." On Truth and Untruth: Selected Writings. Harper Perennial. ISBN-10: 0061990469 | ISBN-13: 978-0061990465.

Noe, Alva. Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. Hill and Wang. ISBN-10: 0809016486 | ISBN-13: 978-0809016488.

Olson, Kirke. The Invisible Classroom: Relationships, Neuroscience, & Mindfulness in School. W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN-10: 0393707571 | ISBN-13: 978-0393707571.

Oury, Jean. "The Hospital is IllAn interview conducted by David Reggio and Mauricio Novello. La Borde, September 2004. Radical Philosopy 143: 32-45.

Pelletier, Caroline. "Emancipation, Equality, and Education: Ranciere's Critique of Bourdieu and the Question of Performativity." Amended article submitted to Discourse in October 2008.

Plato. "Meno." Five Dialogues. Hackett Publishing Co. ISBN-10: 0872206335 | ISBN-13: 978-0872206335.

Power, Nina. "Axiomatic Equality: Ranciere and the Politics of Contemporary Education." Polygraph Eurozine. 1 July 2010.

Jacques Ranciere's The
Ignorant Schoolmaster
Ranciere, Jacques. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation. Stanford University Press. ISBN-10: 0804719691 | ISBN-13: 978-0804719698.

Robinson, Ken. Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. Capstone. ISBN-10: 1907312471 | ISBN-13: 978-1907312472.

Rorty, Richard. Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521367816 | ISBN-13: 978-0521367813.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Emile: Or on Education. Basic Books. ISBN-10: 0465019315 | ISBN-13: 978-0465019311.

Roy, Kaustuv. Teachers in Nomadic Spaces: Deleuze and Curriculum. Peter Lang, Inc. ISBN-10: 0820467375 | ISBN-13: 978-0820467375.

Said, Edward. Orientalism. Vintage. ISBN-10: 039474067X | ISBN-13: 978-0394740676.

Sale, Kirkpatrick. Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution, Lessons for the Computer Age. Basic Books. ISBN-10: 0201407183 | ISBN-13: 978-0201407181. 

Semetsky, Inna, Ed. Deleuze, Education, and Becoming. Sense Publishers. ISBN-10: 9087900171 | ISBN-13: 978-9087900175.

Semetsky, Inna, Ed. Nomadic Education (Educational Futures). Sense Publishers. ISBN-10: 9087904118 | ISBN-13: 978-9087904111.

Sidorkin, Alexander. Beyond Discourse: Education, Self, and Dialogue. State University of New York Press. ISBN-10: 0791442489 | ISBN-13: 978-0791442487.

Simondon, Gilbert. On the Mode of Technical Objects. Univocal. ISBN-10: 1937561038 | ISBN-13: 978-1937561031.

Sousanis, Nick. Unflattening. Harvard University Press. ISBN-10: 0674744438 | ISBN-13: 978-0674744431.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. Outside in the Teaching Machine. Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415904897 | ISBN-13: 978-0415904896.

Stiegler, Bernard. For a New Critique of Political Economy. Polity. ISBN-10: 0745648045 | ISBN-13: 978-0745648040.

Stiegler, Bernard. Taking Care of Youth and the Generations. Stanford University Press. ISBN-10: 0804762732 | ISBN-13: 978-0804762731.

Stiegler, Bernard. Technics and Time, Vol. 1: The Fault of Epimetheus. Stanford University Press. ISBN-10: 0804730415 | ISBN-13: 978-0804730419.

Stiegler, Bernard. Technics and Time, Vol. 2: Disorientation. Stanford University Press. ISBN-10: 0804730148 | ISBN-13: 978-0804730143.

Stiegler, Bernard. Technics and Time, Vol. 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise. Stanford University Press

Vattimo, Gianni. A Farewell to Truth. Columbia University Press. ISBN-10: 0231153090 | ISBN-13: 978-0231153096.

Wagner, Tony. The Global Achievement Gap. Basic Books. ISBN-10: 0465055974 | ISBN-13: 978-0465055975.

Wallin, Jason. A Deleuzian Approach to Curriculum: Essays on a Pedagogical Life. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-10: 0230104002 | ISBN-13: 978-0230104006.

Wark, McKenzie. Gamer Theory. Harvard University Press. ISBN-10: 0674025199 | ISBN-13: 978-0674025196.

West, Cornel. Race Matters. Vintage. ISBN-10: 0679749861 | ISBN-13: 978-0679749868.

Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Philosophical Investigations. Macmillan Publishing Co. ISBN-10: 0024288101 | ISBN-13: 978-0024288103.

Zizek, Slavoj. Metastases of Enjoyment. Verso. ISBN-10: 1844670619 | ISBN-13: 978-1844670611.


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