Dr. Peter McLaren
Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies; Co-Director of The Paulo Freire Democratic Project
Professor McLaren came to Chapman in 2013-14 as Distinguished Fellow in Critical Studies and joined the faculty at the College of Educational Studies full-time in August, 2014 as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies and Co-Director of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project. An inspirational speaker and award-winning author, he served as Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California-Los Angeles for 20 years, and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Renowned Scholar-in-Residence and Director of the Center for Education and Cultural Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education and Allied Professions, Miami University of Ohio for 8 years. Professor McLaren earned his Ph.D. in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Institut d'études pédagogiques de l'Ontario de l'Université de Toronto) in 1984.
Professor McLaren has authored and edited over fifty books whose themes include multicultural education, critical literacy, sociology of education, critical ethnography, educational policy, postcolonial criticism, continental philosophy and critical social theory, and critical pedagogy. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. He works with teachers, teacher unions, university faculties, ministries of education and social justice organizations worldwide and holds several honorary professorships in China. He is affiliated with universities and social justice organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Europe and Southeast Asia, and is the inspiration for Instituto McLaren de Pedagogia Critica, Mexico.
He has received numerous awards for his teaching, mentorship and research, including the Outstanding Educator in America Award from the Association of Educators in Latin American and the Caribbean. He is Honorary Chair Professor, Northeast Normal University, China; Honorary Professor, Changchun Normal University, China, and Adjunct Professor, Zhejiang Normal University, China. Professor McLaren is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and Distinguished Fellow in Critical Studies in Education, School of Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. The Faculty of Education, University of Auckland has also initiated the annual Peter McLaren Upstander Lecture to be hosted by the Annual International Critical Research in Applied Theater Symposium.