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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.
- Ph D 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 Online Publication/Abstract.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K. (2020) “Girl” in crisis: Colonial residues of domesticity in transnational school reforms Comparative Education Review, 64(3), 384-403. Online Publication/Abstract.
- Kirchgasler, C. (2019) Haunted data: The colonial residues of transnational school reforms in Kenya. The Educational Intelligent Economy: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things in Education Bingley: Emerald Online Publication/Abstract.
- Kirchgasler, C. (2018) True Grit? Making a scientific object and pedagogical tool American Educational Research Journal, 55(4), 693–720. Online Publication/Abstract.
- Popkewitz, T. S., Diaz, J., & Kirchgasler, C. (2017) A Political Sociology of Educational Knowledge: Studies of Exclusion and Difference, 268. New York: Routledge Online Publication/Abstract.
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K., AERA Annual Meeting, "Domestic products: Historicizing the desire for the educated girl (accepted, conference cancelled)" (2020), San Francisco, CA
- Kirchgasler, C., & Sitomaniemi-San, J., Comparative and International Education Society Annual Meeting, "The genius of 'curiosity': Towards a genealogy of a scientific-pedagogic object of educational reform (accepted, conference cancelled)" (2020), San Francisco, CA
- Kirchgasler, C., After the crisis. Migration, education and employment in an interdisciplinary light, "The end(s) of inclusion: The colonial residues of the global learning crisis." (2019), Gothenburg, Sweden
- Kirchgasler, C., & Desai, K., Comparative and International Education Society Annual Meeting, "“Girls” in Crisis: Colonial Residues of Transnational School Reforms in Kenya" (2019), San Francisco, CA, USA
- Kirchgasler, C., Curriculum & Pedagogy Annual Conference, "Literacy for (Not) All: A Hauntology of a Transnational Imperative" (2019), McAllen, TX, 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