Wayne State University

Christopher B. Crowley

Christopher B. Crowley
Assistant Professor (Clinical) - Teacher Education
229 Education

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-2552
Fax: (313) 577-4091

  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S.Ed., Reading/Writing/Literacy, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., English/Writing; Sociology, St. Lawrence University


Crowley's primary area of research is in the field of curriculum studies and focuses on issues of privatization in teacher education. His research has appeared in Review of Research in EducationTeacher Education & PracticeTeachers College RecordSchools: Studies in Education, and the edited books The Strong State and Curriculum Reform (Routledge, 2016) and International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education (Peter Lang, 2012). Crowley holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In addition to presenting research at numerous international conferences, he maintains an active role in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).


Area of Expertise

  • Curriculum Theory
  • Teacher Education
  • Politics of Education Reform
  • Literacy Education
  • Teacher Research/Practitioner Inquiry

Courses taught

  • TED 8270 - Seminar: Issues in Curriculum and Instruction (The Study of Teaching and Teacher Education)
  • RLL 7300 - Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • RLL 6121 - Reading in the Content Areas: 6-12

Awards & Honors

Wayne State University College of Education Faculty Teaching Award


Crowley, C. B.   2016 In Lim, L. & Apple, M. W. (eds.), The Strong State and Curriculum Reform. New York, NY: Routledge. 131-147.
Yu, M. & Crowley, C. B.   2016 Teachers College Record.
Crowley, C. B. & Knoester, M.   2012 In Knoester M. (ed.), International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education. New York, NY: Peter Lang. 111-130.
Crowley, C. B. & Apple, M. W.   2009 Teacher Education & Practice. 22(4) 450-453.
Crowley, C. B.   2009 Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research 11 (2).
Crowley, C. B.   2008 Schools: Studies in Education. 5(1) 156-162.