Susan Laird




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Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019

Temporary Office:
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Room 117, SC Building #4
555 East Constitution St.
Norman, OK 73019.


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Professional Information

Courses Taught

Advanced Studies in the History of Educational Thought

Gender, Knowledge & Inquiry; Writing Educational Inquiry

Inquiry Design

Educational Theory Colloquium

Introduction to Educational Inquiry

Doctoral Practicum.
Schooling for Social Justice

Classics in Educational Thought

Educational Thought of John Dewey

Contemporary Critical Thought & Educational Studies

Girls, Women, & Educational Studies

Girls, Women & Community Education

Women in Adult & Higher Education

Gender, Values & Education

Contemporary Feminist Thought

Seminar in Feminist Theory

Gender, Society & Higher Education
Food in American Culture

The School in American Cultures

Introduction to Women’s Studies

Honors Introduction to Women’s Studies

Contemporary Feminist Thought

Selcted Publications


Susan Laird, Mary Wollstonecraft: Philosophical Mother of Coeducation, (Continuum Library of Educational Thought, volume 15, series editor Richard P. Bailey), with foreword by Jane Roland Martin.  London: Continuum-UK, 2008, 234 pages plus index.


Susan Laird, ed., Philosophy of Education 1997 (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1998).

Contributing editor:

Philosophy of Education 2003, ed. Kal Alston (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2004).
Philosophy of Education 1994, ed. Michael Katz (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1995).
Philosophy of Education 1989, ed. Ralph Page (Normal, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1990). Refereed inter/national journal articles:

Susan Laird, “Musical Hunger: A Philosophical Testimonial of Miseducation,” Philosophy of Music Education Review 17, 1 (April 2009): 4-21.

Susan Laird, “Education and Emancipation in the Bible Belt: A Feminist Reading,” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 18, 3 (fall 2002): 133-142.

Susan Birden, Linda L. Gaither, Susan Laird, “The Struggle Over The Text:  Compulsory Heterosexuality and Educational Policy,” Educational Policy 14, 5 (November 2000): 638-663.

Susan Laird, “Teaching and Educational Theory: Can (and Should) This Marriage Be Saved?” in Educational Studies 29, 2 (summer 1998): 131-151.

Susan Laird,  “Rethinking Coeducation,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 13 (1995): 361-378.

Susan Laird, “Who Cares About Girls? Rethinking the Meaning of Teaching,”   Peabody Journal of Education: “Teacher Effectivenss” 70, 2 (Winter 1995): 82-103.

Susan Laird, “Spiritual Education in Public Schools?,” Religious Education 90, 1 (Winter 1995): 118-132.

Susan Laird, “Working It Out with Jane Roland Martin,” Peabody Journal of Education: “Mentors and Mentoring” 71, 1 (Fall 1995): 103-113.

Susan Laird, “Curriculum and the Maternal,” Journal for a Just and Caring Education. 1, 1: 45-75.

Susan Laird, “The Ideal of the Educated Teacher:  Reclaiming a Conversation with Louisa May Alcott,” Curriculum Inquiry 21:3 (1991): 271-297.

Susan Laird, “Reforming `Woman’s True Profession’: A Case for `Feminist Pedagogy’ in Teacher Education?,” Harvard Educational Review 58 (November 1988): 449-463.

Susan Laird, “Women and Gender in John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education,” Educational Theory 38 (winter 1988): 111-129.

Refereed articles in yearbook:

Susan Laird, “Befriending Girls as an Educational Life-Practice,” Featured Essay in Philosophy of Education 2002, ed. E. Scott Fletcher (Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society, 2003), Featured Essay, pp. 73-81.

Susan Laird, “Teaching in a Different Sense: Alcott’s Marmee,” in Philosophy of Education 1993, ed. Audrey Thompson (Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society, 1994), pp. 164-172.

Susan Laird, “The Concept of Teaching: Betsey Brown v. Philosophy of Education?,” in Philosophy of Education 1988, ed. James M. Giarelli (Normal, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1989), pp. 32-45.

Refereed book chapters:

Susan Laird, “Aesthetics and Education,” Handbook of Educational Theories, eds. Shirley Jackson and Barbara Thayer-Bacon(Information Age Publishing). 38 pages, in press.

Susan Laird, “Gender and the Construction of Teaching,” in Defending Public Schools: Teaching and Teacher Education, eds. Kathleen R. Kesson and E. Wayne Ross (Westport, CT:  Praeger, 2004), chapter 8, pp. 111-122.

Susan Laird, “Louisa May Alcott,” in 50 Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey, ed. Joy A. Palmer-Cooper (London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 132-138.

Susan Laird, “Jane Roland Martin,” in 50 Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present, ed. Joy A. Palmer-Cooper (London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 203-209.

Susan Laird, “Learning from Marmee’s Teaching: Alcott’s Response to Girls’ Miseducation,” in `Little Women’ and the Feminist Imagination, eds. Jan Alberghene and Beverly Lyon Clark (New York: Garland, 1998), pp. 285-321.

Susan Laird, “Failing to Learn to See Correctly: Crossed Eyes on Gender and Education in the Fifties,” in Ordinary Lessons: Girlhoods of the 1950s, ed. Susan Douglass Franzosa (New York: Peter Lang, 1998), chapter 11.

Susan Laird, “Rethinking Coeducation,” in The New Scholarship on Dewey, ed. James Garrison (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995), pp. 193-210.

Susan Laird, “Coeducational Teaching: Taking Girls Seriously,” in Teaching: Theory into Practice, ed. Allan Ornstein (Needham Heights:  Allyn & Bacon, 1994), chapter 21, pp. 355-371.

Susan Laird, “Women, Single Life, and Solitude: A Plea to Rethink Curriculum,” in The Center of the Web: Women and Solitude, ed. Delese Wear (SUNY Press, 1993), pp. 171-209.

Encyclopedia articles:

Susan Laird, “Coeducation,” “Martin, Jane Roland (1929-),” and “Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797), all in Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, ed. Eugene F. Provenzo (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008), volumes 1 and 3, pp. 140-143, 925, 961-962.

Susan Laird, “Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797), in Early Childhood Education Encyclopedia, eds. Rebecca S. New and Moncrieff Cochran (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.)

Susan Laird, “Martin, Jane Roland (b. 1929), in Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed. Lorraine Code (Routledge, 2000), p. 317.

Susan Laird, “Beecher, Catharine Esther (1800-1878), pp. 50-52; “Domestic Education,” pp. 160-165; and “Girls and Women, Education of,” pp. 241-244; all in Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.J. Chambliss (Garland, 1996).

Invited book chapters:

Susan Laird, “Literacy Learning as Moral Learning: Excellence vs. Equality,” in Ethical Judgment in Teaching, ed. Karl D. Hostetler (Allyn & Bacon, 1996), pp. 109-115.

Susan Laird, “More than a Rejoinder to Paul Farber,” in Hostetler, op. cit., pp. 122-125.

Invited essays in refereed inter/national yearbooks and journals:

Susan Laird, “Balancing Academic Work—and Clerical Work—and Personal Life,” article in symposium on Maike Ingrid Philipsen’s “Balancing Personal and Professional Lives: Experiences of Female Faculty Across the Career Span,” Vitae Scholasticae: Journal of Educational Biography 27, 2 (2010):  34-39.

Susan Laird, “Food For Coeducational Thought,” Presidential Essay in Philosophy of Education 2007, ed. Barbara Stengel (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2008), pp. 1-13.

Susan Laird, “Misreading and Rereading ‘The Love Gap’,” Philosophy of Education 2005, ed. Ken Howe (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2005), pp. 182-185.

Susan Laird, “’Of Mortal Importance’: Re-Educating the Imagination,” Featured Essay in Philosophy of Education 2003, ed. Kal Alston (Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society, 2004), pp. 90-93.

Susan Laird, “The Meaning of Life as an Ultimate Justification for Education,” in Philosophy of Education 2001, ed. Suzanne Rice (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2002), pp. 320-323.

Susan Laird, “Recapitulating,” Featured Essay in Philosophy of Education 1998, ed. Steven Tozer (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1999), Featured Essay, pp. 62-67.

Susan Laird, “Where Are Philosophers of Education in 1997?,” Introduction to Philosophy of Education 1997, ed. Susan Laird (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1998), pp. xi-xvii.

Susan Laird, “Strong Misreading,” in  Philosophy of Education 1995, ed. Alven Neiman (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 1996), pp. 264-266.

Susan Laird, “Religious Freedom for School Children?,” in  Philosophy of Education 1994, ed. Michael Katz (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, pp. 382-386.

Papers in proceedings:

Susan Laird, “On Wollstonecraft’s Moral-Educational Aim ‘To Strengthen the Body’,” in JoPHE (Journal of Philosophy and History of Education 56 (2006): 201-205.

Susan Laird, “Backlash? Advocacy for Boys in a Post-Feminist Era,” JoPHE (Journal of Philosophy & History of Education), ed. David C. Snelgrove (Oklahoma City: Society of Philosophy & History of Education, 2004).

Kathryn C. Scantlebury, William Letts, Susan Laird, “Reconciling the Contradictions of Science Teaching?,” History and Philosophy of Science Teaching, Minneapolis, October 1995.

Invited national journal article:

Ithaca Feminist Education Coalition, “Making Our Way Up Another `Down Staircase’.” Women’s Studies Quarterly (spring 1984): 14-15.

Selected proceedings on audio tape:

Sara Ruddick, symposium chair, “Is Research on Women and Education `Research on Preventing War’? Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas Fifty Years Later” (Chicago: AERA cassette/Teach ‘em, Inc., 1988), RA8-16.43.  Speakers: Joan N. Burstyn, Jane Roland Martin, Carol Gilligan.  Respondent and organizer: Susan Laird.