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Beth Sondel

Asst Professor

Poe Hall 317L


Dr. Beth Sondel's primary line of research partners critical theory and qualitative methods to investigate the potential for public schools to perpetuate and/or interrupt social inequalities. More specifically, she is interested in how teachers come to understand, attempt to implement, and advocate for equity and justice in their classrooms within their given socio-political context. She has addressed these questions in the context of market-based reforms in New Orleans and, more recently, in pre-service teacher programs and Social Studies Methods courses. Her secondary line of research addresses the role of entrepreneurial organizations, and more specifically Teach For America, in the expansion of market-based reform. She is currently in the process of completing a book for the Routledge Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series that combines both lines of her research. Prior to entering academia, she was a sixth grade English and Social Studies teacher.


PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
MEd in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Sondel, B. (in press). Neoliberal pedagogies: No excuses in New Orleans. The Educational Forum-Kappa Delta Pi.
  • Sondel, B. (2015) Raising citizens or raising test scores: The development of the neoliberal citizen in “no excuses” charter schools. Theory and Research in Social Education. 43(3), 289-313.
  • Sondel, B. (2015). Market based pedagogies: Assessment, instruction, and purpose at a “no excuses” charter school. In Miron, L., Beabout, B., and Boselovic, J., Only in New Orleans: School Choice and Equity Post Hurricane Katrina. Sense Publications. 109-128.
  • Sondel, B., Kretchmar, K., & Ferarre, J. (2015). Mapping the education entrepreneurial network: Teach For America, charter school reform, and corporate sponsorship. In Au, W., and Ferrare, J., Mapping Corporate Education Reform: Power and Policy Networks in the Neoliberal State. NY: Routledge. 65-85.
  • Sondel, B., Kretchmar, K., & Ferarre, J. (2014). Mapping the terrain: Teach For America, charter school reform, and corporate sponsorship. Journal of Education Policy. 29(6), 742-759.
  • Sondel, B. & Boselovic, J. (2014). “No Excuses” in New Orleans. Jacobin.
  • Sondel, B. & Kretchmar, K. (2014). Organizing resistance to Teach For America. Rethinking Schools. 28(3).

Courses Taught

  •  Special Topics in Social Justice Education: Critical Pedagogies
  •  Advanced Seminar in Educational Equity, The “Achievement Gap”, and Neoliberal Reform
  •  Social Studies Methods for the Young Learner
  •  Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Diverse Learners

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