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Susan Laird

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Susan Laird


Susan Laird

Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Educational Studies
Phone: 405-325-4202


Ph.D., Education, Cornell University
M.A., Teaching English, Cornell University
A.B., English, Vassar College


Susan Laird is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Educational Studies Program Coordinator.  She serves also on the faculties of Women’s and Gender Studies and of Human Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Professor Laird teaches and advises graduate students of both educational and feminist thought, with an emphasis on value theory.   She is re-theorizing the meaning and value of coeducation for social justice and arts of living in diverse postmodern contexts framed by global corporatism and climate change.  She authored Mary Wollstonecraft: Philosophical Mother of Coeducation and recently has participated in philosophical study groups on educational foundations of Title IX and UNCEDAW, on moral dimensions of school lunch, and on the educational status of animals.

Professor Laird has served as president of the Philosophy of Education Society (PES, 2007), Society of Philosophy & History of Education (SoPHE, 2013), and Society for Educating Women (SEW, 2010, 2015), of which she was a founder.   Active also in the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), the John Dewey Society, and several SIGs of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she is founding faculty adviser of the Oklahoma Educational Studies Association (OESA) and founding General Editor of Educating Women, the SEW’s new online journal. 


Research Interests:


▪    Philosophical & literary history of education & childrearing.
▪    Philosophy of education, gender, arts & aesthetics.
▪    Women's & girls' studies; feminist value theory & pedagogy.
▪    African-American literature, thought & education.
▪    Ecological arts & humanities; food studies; sustainability education