Wayne State University

Thomas C. Pedroni

Thomas C. Pedroni
Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies
287 Education Building

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 -5:00 p.m. and by appointment.

(313) 577-1730

Education
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • M.S. - Curriculum and Instruction (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Teaching Certificate - Secondary Social Studies (Tulane University)
  • B.A. - Philosophy, Emphasis in Critical Social Theory (Miami University)

Responsibilities

I am an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Policy Sociology and Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project.
 

Research Interests

My current research examines educational and social inequality in relation to the post-welfarist educational policy complex of Detroit. I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals including Teachers College Record and Urban Review, as well as a number of chapters in edited volumes. My first book Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform (Routledge Critical Social Thought series) received the 2009 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association.

Courses taught

  • Critical Education Studies
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Critical Youth Studies
  • Critical Theory

Community Engagement Activities

  • Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project.
  • Founding Member, Detroit Education Taskforce
  • Education Research Consultant, Detroit Board of Education
  • Board Member, J Dilla Foundation
  • Board Member, Michigan Human Rights Coalition
  • Board Member, Social Foundations of Education, Eastern Michigan University

Awards & Honors

2011
Nominee, Teaching Excellence Award, Oakland University.
2009
Recipient, Critics' Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association, for Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform.
2008
Nominee, Early Career Award Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association.
2008
Honors - Faculty Featured Book Author and Presenter, Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform, 2008 Authors at Oakland University Celebration, Senate Library Committee
2007
Honors - Distinguished Faculty Honoree for Scholarship and Service, Oakland University 50th Anniversary Founders’ Day Ceremony.