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Deron Boyles


Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1991


Philosophy of Education
Commercialism/School-Business Partnerships
Critical Theory


Deron Boyles is a professor of philosophy of education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. His research interests include school commercialism, epistemology, critical pedagogy and the philosophy of John Dewey.

His work has been published in such journals as Philosophy of Education, Social Epistemology, Journal of Thought, Philosophical Studies in Education, Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, Educational Foundations, Journal of Curriculum Theory, History of Education Quarterly, Educational Studies and Educational Theory.

His first book, American Education and Corporations: The Free Market Goes to School won the Critics’ Choice Award from AESA in 2000.

He is editor of two books, Schools or Markets?: Commercialism, Privatization and School-Business Partnerships (2005), and The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence (2008).

He is co-author, with Benjamin Baez, of The Politics of Inquiry: Education Research and the “Culture of Science”, which was awarded the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 and the AESA Critics’ Choice Award for 2010.

He is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award and the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State. In 2010, he was presented with the James and Helen Merritt Award for Distinguished Service to Philosophy of Education from Northern Illinois University.

Boyles received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1991, is a fellow in the Philosophy of Education Society, past-president of the American Educational Studies Association and past-president of the John Dewey Society.



Deron Boyles and Kenneth J. Potts, From a Gadfly to a Hornet:  The Intellectual Life of Joseph Kinmont Hart, forthcoming.

Deron Boyles, “Neuropragmatism and Schooling: Commercialism, Reductionism, and the Push toward Neuro-Anything,” in Philosophers of Education Consider Neuroscience, ed. Clarence Joldersma (New York: Routledge, in preparation).

Deron Boyles, “Would You Like Values with That? Chick-fil-A™ and Character Education,” in Joseph L. DeVitis & Tianlong Yu , eds., Character & Moral Education: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2011), 89-101. Reprint.

Deron Boyles, “Would You Like Values with That? Chick-fil-A™ and Character Education,” in Joseph L. DeVitis and Linda Irwin-DeVitis, eds., Adolescent Education: A Reader (New York: Peter Lang, 2010), chapter 14. Reprint.

Deron Boyles, “‘Public’ Schools, Privatization, and the Public/Private Distinction,” in Steven Tozer, Annette Henry, Bernardo Gallegos, Mary Bushnell Greiner, and Paula Groves Price, eds., Handbook for the Social Foundations of Education (New York: Routledge, 2010), 356-364.

Benjamin Baez and Deron Boyles, The Politics of Inquiry: Education Research and the “Culture of Science” (New York: SUNY Press, 2009).

Deron Boyles, ed., The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence (New York: Peter Lang, 2008).

Deron Boyles, Tony Carusi, and Dennis Attick, “Historical and Critical Interpretations of Social Justice,” in William Ayers, Theresa Quinn, and David Stovall, eds., Handbook on Social Justice in Education (New York: Routledge, 2008), 30-42.

Deron Boyles, “Marketing Sameness: Consumerism, Commercialism, and the Status Quo,” Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, J.C. Smart, ed., vol. XXII (2007): 537-582.

Deron Boyles, Alisa Cunningham, Rasheedah Mullings, Penny A. Pasque, and Sheila Slaughter, “A Discussion of Fair Market Possibilities for the Public Good,” Taking Responsibility: A Call for Higher Education’s Engagement in a Society of Complex Global Challenges, Penny A. Pasque, Lori A. Hendricks, and Nicholas A. Bowman, eds. (Ann Arbor: National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, 2006): 57-71.

Deron Boyles, “The Role of Sports Clubs in Community Building and Student Leadership,” in Nancy Mansfield, ed., Learning to Succeed (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2006): 297-305.

Deron Boyles, ed., Schools or Markets?: Commercialism, Privatization, and School Business Partnerships (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005).

Deron Boyles, “The Quest for Certainty,” in Donna Adair Breault and Rick Breault, eds., Experiencing Dewey: Insights for Today’s Classroom (Indianapolis: Kappa Delta Pi, 2005), 70-73.

Deron R. Boyles, “John Dewey,” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century American Cultural Theorists, Paul Hansom, ed. (Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, 2001): 75-97.

Deron Boyles, American Education and Corporations: The Free Market Goes to School (New York: Falmer, 1998/2000).


Deron Boyles and Kenneth J. Potts, “Joseph Kinmont Hart and Reed College:  Academic Freedom and the First World War,” Vitae Scholasticae 31, no. 1 (Summer, 2014):  23-49.

Deron Boyles, “Brain Matters: An Argument for Neuropragmatism and Schooling,” Philosophy of Education 2013, in press.

Deron Boyles, “John Dewey and Mexico: Rural Schooling, ‘Community,’ and the Vitality of Context,” Inter-American Journal of Philosophy 3, no. 2 (December 2012): 98-113.

Leann Logsdon and Deron Boyles, “Reimagining Arts-Centered Inquiry in Schools as Pragmatic Instrumentalism,” Philosophy of Education 2012, Claudia W. Ruitenberg, ed., 405-413.

Deron Boyles, “Dewey, Ecology, and Education: Historical and Contemporary Debates Over Dewey’s Naturalism and (Transactional) Realism,” Educational Theory 62, no. 2 (2012): 143-161.

Deron Boyles, “The Privatized Public: Antagonism for a Radical Democratic Politics in Schools?” Educational Theory 61, no. 4 (2011): 433-450.

Carolyn Vander Schee and Deron Boyles, “‘Exergaming’ and the Crisis Discourse of Childhood Obesity,” Sport, Education, and Society 15, no. 2 (May 2010): 169-185.

Deron Boyles, “Considering Lorraine Code’s Ecological Thinking and Standpoint Epistemology:
A Theory of Knowledge for Agentic Knowing in Schools,” Philosophical Studies in Education 40 (2009): 125-137.

Deron Boyles and Philip Kovacs, “Intellectualism, Infiltration, and the Imaginary: The Challenge of Conservative Think Tanks in Developing Coherent Democratic Community,” Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 3, no. 1 (Summer 2006): 49-53.

Deron Boyles, “The Gig is Up: Combating the Meanings of Education Proffered by Science, Technology, and Global Capitalism,” Journal of Thought (Fall 2006): 45-49.

Deron R. Boyles, “Dewey’s Epistemology: An Argument for Warranted Assertions, Knowing, and Meaningful Classroom Practice,” Educational Theory 56, no. 1 (2006): 57-68.

Deron Boyles, “Politics or Principles?: Joseph Kinmont Hart and The University of Washington, 1910-1915,” Vitae Scholasticae 43, no. 3 (2005): 87-114.

Susan Talburt and Deron Boyles, “Reconsidering Learning Communities: Expanding the Discourse by Challenging the Discourse,” The Journal of General Education 4, no. 54 (2005): 209-236.

Philip E. Kovacs and Deron R. Boyles, “Institutes, Foundations, and Think Tanks: Conservative Influences on U.S. Public Schools,” Public Resistance 1, no. 1 (May 1, 2005): 1-18.

Deron Boyles, “Would You Like Values with That?: The Role of Chick-fil-A™ in Character Education,” JCT: The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (Summer 2005): 43-60.

Deron Boyles, “Uncovering the Coverings: The Use of Corporate-Sponsored Textbook Covers in Furthering Uncritical Consumerism,” Educational Studies 37, no. 3 (2005): 255-266.

Deron Boyles, “Taking Care of Business: Advertising, Commercialism, and Implications for Discourse about Schools,” Journal of Thought 39, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 7-16.

Deron Boyles, “A Lesson of Human Connection: 9/11, Film, Brotherhood, and Interpretation,” Philosophical Studies in Education 34 (2003): 87-98.

Deron Boyles, “Grading Willers: An Homage Qua Assessment of a Professor of Ideas,” The Sophist’s Bane 1, no. 2 (Spring 2003): 21-22.

Deron R. Boyles, “Joseph Kinmont Hart and Vanderbilt University: The Rise and Fall of a Department of Education, 1930-1934,” History of Education Quarterly 43, no. 2, (Winter 2003): 571-609.

Deron Boyles and Doug Davis, “The Challenge to Foundations and Leadership: Critical Discourse, Hegemony, and the Power of Traditions,” Journal of Thought 37, no. 2 (Summer, 2002): 21-31.

Deron R. Boyles, “Commercialism, Epistemology, and Channel One: The Problem of Consumer Materialism, Reliabilism, and an Age of Technophilia,” Philosophical Studies in Education 33 (2002): 115-126.

Deron R. Boyles, “The Exploiting Business,” Educational Foundations (Summer, 2001): 63-75.

Deron R. Boyles, “Students as Knowers: An Argument for Justificatory Social Epistemology by Way of Blind Realism,” Social Epistemology 14, no. 1 (2000): 33-42.

Kathleen Knight Abowitz and Deron R. Boyles, “Private Interests or Public Goods?: Dewey, Rugg, and Their Contemporary Allies on Corporate Involvement in Educational Reform Initiatives,” Philosophy of Education (2000): 131-139.

Lann Wasson and Deron R. Boyles, “Democratic Phenomenon: Emerging Adolescent Programs in Montessori Schools,” Philosophy of Education (1998): 465-472.

Benjamin H. Layne and Deron R. Boyles, “Characteristics of ‘Good’ Teachers,” Research and Reflections 3, no. 2 (December 1997): 17-39.

Deron R. Boyles, “Educational Technology Policy: Questioning Cost and Cultural Capital,” Educational Foundations (Spring, 1997): 83-94.

Deron R. Boyles, “Reliabilism and the Politics of Accountability: The Project of Conceptual Analysis and Epistemology in Interpreting School ‘Success,’” Journal of Philosophy and Social Science 22, no. 1 (1997): 9-18.

Deron R. Boyles, “Sophistry, Dialectic, and Teacher Education: A Reinterpretation of Plato’s Meno,” Philosophy of Education (1996): 102-109.

Deron R. Boyles, “Against the Status Quo: Educational Policy and the Three ‘Ps’ (Positivism, Politics, and Power),” Philosophical Studies in Education (1995): 55-69.

Robert A. Hartline and Deron R. Boyles, “The Tyranny of Standardized Testing,” Journal of Educational Philosophy and History 45 (1995): 91-100.

Deron R. Boyles, “Teacher Coalitions for Role Identity: An Argument for Critical Transitivity,” Philosophical Studies in Education (1994): 137-147.

Deron Robert Boyles, “An Argument for the Deletion of the Word ‘Skills’ from the English Language,” Journal of Thought 28, nos.1&2 (Spring/Summer, 1993): 95-100.

Deron R. Boyles, “Subjectivism Approved: Toward Rosaldo’s Ethnographic View,” Journal of Educational Philosophy and History 1, (1992): 134-136.

Deron R. Boyles, “Mere Professionalism Will Not Suffice: Teachers as Transformative Intellectuals,” Philosophical Studies in Education (1992): 51-57.

Deron Robert Boyles, “Graduate Scholars in Residence: Aiding Academics by Living with Undergraduates,” Journal of Learning About Learning 1, no. 1 (1991): 21-31.