Thomas M. Philip


I’ve always engaged in interdisciplinary collaborations and scholarship, which have been immensely rewarding. Earlier in my career, I found it extremely challenging to participate in distinct fields and speak across them, especially when addressing issues of race and power as a researcher. (These challenges certainly take new forms later in one’s professional trajectory.) I’m happy to be a thought partner with colleagues navigating similar opportunities and dilemmas.

Thomas M. Philip is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education. His research explores how educators and young people make sense of inequity and injustice and how they learn to navigate and ultimately transform classrooms and institutions toward more equitable, just, and democratic practices and outcomes. He also studies the ethical, political, and ideological nature of learning—forms of power and ways of being that people learn when learning disciplines, particularly STEM.