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Cultural Foundations of Education

The Department of Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE) is dedicated to critical interventions for educational justice.

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CFE engages in critical interdisciplinary inquiry.  Our research, scholarship, pedagogy, and creative works address intellectual questions centered around systems of power and privilege. Our work draws from multiple paradigms:

  • Decolonial and Anti-Imperialist Education
  • Globality and Transnational Studies
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Gender Studies and Feminist Critique
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Khuram Hussain G’10, Associate Professor of Education and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, shares his latest research on place-based learning at one of CFE’s monthly colloquia.

CFE is committed to:

  • Intersectional and critical analysis for the purpose of radical social and political transformation
  • Broadening public conversations about education, equity, and social justice.
  • Producing research, scholarship, and creative projects that address educational policy and practice, institutions, and underrepresented communities.
  • Building a dynamic cadre of students and alumni who are committed to engagement, participation, and disruption of systems of power, oppression, and privilege in education.

CFE graduate programs are designed to foster critical inquiry into the cultural and social forces that shape issues of education, broadly defined. Drawing from the humanities and social sciences, we train our students in interdisciplinary analysis, critical theory, and diverse methodological frameworks. Building on the foundational knowledges and skills offered through CFE’s curriculum and working together with our faculty, students nurture and pursue academic work focused on their own intellectual interests.

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Much of the department is working remotely for Fall 2020; please call or email us to schedule a virtual appointment.

Department of Cultural Foundations of Education
350 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
315.443.3343

Alan Foley, Associate Professor; Chair of Cultural Foundations of Education
afoley@syr.edu|315.443.3343
Alan Foley
Maryann Barker, Office Coordinator
mabarker@syr.edu|315.443.3343
Maryann Barker