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I study how curricular reforms to promote economic development and rectify social wrongs contain unexamined historical values and norms that differentiate and pathologize individuals, families, and communities on these bases. I draw upon comparative and historical methods to challenge common sense notions of inclusion and progress to make visible their colonial residues and make possible other ways of thinking and acting in education research, policy, and reform. This work has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Comparative Education Review, and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
I work in the area of Curriculum and Global Studies and teach courses in teacher education and at the graduate level. I specialize in postcolonial perspectives and post-foundational theories and methods in education. I am affiliated with the African Studies Program and the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies. Prior to joining the department, I was Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of Kansas. I have previously taught in an East Boston middle school and as a high school teacher as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tougué, Guinea.
- PhD Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2017
- BA French, University of Utah, 2007
- BA English, University of Utah, 2002
Select Media Contributions
- Kirchgasler, C., (2020). The end(s) of inclusion: Ungrounding globalization and 'the migrant' in dialogue with hospitality. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 1–17. London: Taylor & Francis https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/01596306.2020.1836745.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K. (2020). “Girl” in crisis: Colonial residues of domesticity in transnational school reforms. Comparative Education Review, 64(3), 384-403. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/709552.
- Kirchgasler, C., (2019). Haunted data: The colonial residues of transnational school reforms in Kenya.. In F. Salajan & T. Jules (Eds.), The Educational Intelligent Economy: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things in Education Bingley: Emerald https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S1479-367920190000038013/full/html.
- Kirchgasler, C., (2018). True Grit? Making a scientific object and pedagogical tool. American Educational Research Journal, 55(4), 693–720. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/metrics/10.3102/0002831217752244.
- Popkewitz, T. S., Diaz, J., & Kirchgasler, C. (2017). A Political Sociology of Educational Knowledge: Studies of Exclusion and Difference. In T. Popkewitz, J. Diaz, and C. Kirchgasler (Ed.), (pp. 268). New York: Routledge https://www.routledge.com/A-Political-Sociology-of-Educational-Knowledge-Studies-of-Exclusions-and/Popkewitz-Diaz-Kirchgasler/p/book/9780367342043.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K. Domestic products: Historicizing the desire for the educated girl (accepted, conference cancelled). Paper presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Sitomaniemi-San, J. The genius of 'curiosity': Towards a genealogy of a scientific-pedagogic object of educational reform (accepted, conference cancelled). Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- Kirchgasler, C. Literacy for (Not) All: A Hauntology of a Transnational Imperative. Paper presented at the Curriculum & Pedagogy Annual Conference, McAllen, TX, USA.
- Kirchgasler, C. The end(s) of inclusion: The colonial residues of the global learning crisis. presented at the After the crisis. Migration, education and employment in an interdisciplinary light, Gothenburg, Sweden.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K. Making the Neo-Colonizer: Strategies and Tactics of Subjectification for Development. Panel Organized presented at the Comparative & International Education Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K. “Girls” in Crisis: Colonial Residues of Transnational School Reforms in Kenya. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Select Awards and Honors
- Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Semi-Finalist, National Academy of Education, 2019
- Division B (Curriculum Studies) Dissertation Recognition Award, American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2018