Sarah M. Stitzlein (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2005) is an assistant professor in the education department. As a philosopher of education, she explores and clarifies key concepts within schooling from the perspective of social and political philosophy. For example, after spending several months observing a fundamentalist Christian school, she developed a notion of sexist harm and used it to urge the state to intervene in the school for the sake of the children. Her most recent work investigates the role of political dissent in civics education. Additionally, as a philosopher of education, she works to uncover problems in education and envision better alternatives. Her book, Breaking Bad Habits: Transforming Race and Gender in Schools (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), draws upon American pragmatism and feminist poststructuralism to offer teachers pathways out of persistent hierarchies of race and gender in schools. This social justice commitment carries throughout her work which has appeared in many journals, including: Teachers College Record, Review of Educational Research, Philosophical Studies in Education, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, and Educational Studies. At UNH, Dr. Stitzlein teaches courses in contemporary philosophical issues in education.
Outside of the classroom, you are likely to see Dr. Stitzlein trotting across campus--training for marathons, accompanying her bike-riding husband, or chasing her mischievous yellow lab.