"Ambitious Imaginations and Education Policy: Swimming Upstream and Unsettling Neoliberal Enclosures"
Ph.D. student Miguel Abad is lead author for the opening chapter in the new publication The Complex Web of Inequality in North American Schools.
Chapter 1 - "Ambitious Imaginations and Education Policy: Swimming Upstream and Unsettling Neoliberal Enclosures" - introduces the main theme of the book, that "policies—educational or otherwise—operate within larger assemblages where technical and scientific expertise are entangled within politics and ideology." The authors (Abad, Socorro Cambero, Briana Hinga, Gilberto Conchas, and Kris Gutierrez) explain that "all the chapters included in this volume highlight the ways in which neoliberal policy agendas and intellectual thought have shaped and informed attempted reforms throughout the United States’ P-20 educational topography....The chapters cover policies related to school choice, school turnaround mechanisms, Upward Bound programs, American Indian education, racial integration, 1:1 computer programs, school closures and special education."
Abad is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). His diverse research interests include out-of-school time, community-based youth organizations, character education, college and career readiness, political economy of education, politics of diversity, Black studies, political and social theory, ethnography, and participatory action research (PAR). He is advised by Professor Gilberto Q. Conchas.