Ford, Derek R., PhD
Assistant Professor of Education Studies
I teach classes about how educational theory, history, and economics relate to political struggles. My teaching and research focus on the ways that education can help us imagine and enact new ways of being together in the world and are motivated by a desire for justice and liberation for all. This also motivates my organizing with the Indianapolis Liberation Center, ANSWER Coalition, and other groups.
Recently, I've focused on collaborating with Education Studies students and alum, publishing several book chapters and journal articles with them. I've written a few books and published in a variety of academic journals, and other writing has appeared in popular outlets such as Monthly Review, Black Agenda Report, and the Hampton Institute. I also hosted and helped create the podcast series, Reading Capital with Comrades, which takes listeners through volume 1 of Marx's magnum opus and is available on all major streaming platforms.
My recent research explores the relationship between education, aesthetics, and revolutionary political struggles. My latest book, Teaching the actuality of revolution: Aesthetics, pedagogy, and the sensations of struggle, explores these themes. You can hear me speak about it on a new episode of Revolutionary Left Radio.
I’m associate editor of Postdigital Science and Education and deputy editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies--which I work on with an education studies intern. I co-edit the book series Radical politics and education, chair the education department at the Hampton Institute, and serve as the editor of Liberation School. You can see my cv here.
EDUC 170: Foundations of education
EDUC 197: We can't breathe: Identity, capitalism, and air conditions
EDUC 197: Urban revolutions: Space, capitalism, and social change
EDUC 197: The politics of sound: Education and the struggle over listening
EDUC 223: Deconstructing differences
EDUC 275: Radical philosophy and education
EDUC 290: Education, space, and urban revolution
EDUC 325: History of American education
EDUC 360: Political economy of schools
EDUC 390: Pedagogy in the 'post-truth' era
EDUC 390: Philosophy and alternative educational spaces
EDUC 390: Critical disability studies: Disordering education and society
EDUC 480: Educational research
EDUC 490: Senior research seminar
UNIV 183: (North) Korea in Japan: Colonialism and education
UNIV 184: The Baltimore Rebellion: Anatomy of an uprising
EDUC 411: Hardt and Negri's philosophy
EDUC 411: Elementary education in a pandemic
EDUC 411: Lenin and education
EDUC 411: Education, time, and stupidity
EDUC 412: Education and the politics of art
EDUC 412: Critical disability studies in education
EDUC 412: Urban education policy
EDUC 426: Education and the politics of art
EDUC 412: Critical disability studies in education
* denotes DePauw student/alum
Publications with students
- Ford, D., Swenson, K*, & Fosher, M*. (2022). From the knowable and transparent individual to the secret thought of individuation: An anti-capitalist postdigital ecopedagogy. In P. Jandric & D. Ford (Eds.), Postdigital ecopedagogies: Genealogies, contradictions, and possible futures. New York: Springer.
- Ford, D., & Sasaki, M.* (2022). The multitude beyond measure: Building a common stupor. Educational Philosophy and Theory, (54)7, 938-945.
- Pappachen, M.*, & Ford, D. (2022). Spreading stupidity: Disability and anti-imperialist resistance to bio-informational capitalism. In M. Peters, P. Jandric, and S. Hayes (Eds.), Bioinformational philosophy and postdigital knowledge ecologies. New York: Springer.
- Ford, D., & Esposito, M.* (2021). Aesthetic encounters beyond the present: Historical materialism and sonic pedagogies for resisting abstraction. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 19(3), 32-55.
- Ford, D., & Sasaki, M.* (2021). Listening like a postdigital human: The politics and knowledge of noise. In M. Savin-Baden (Ed.), Postdigital humans: Transitions, transformations, and transcendence. New York: Springer.
- Ford, D., Waalkes*, A., Wilcek, S.*, & Cooprider, C.* (2019). An introduction, a wager: Long live radical philosophy and education! In D. Ford (Ed.), Keywords in radical philosophy and education: Common concepts for contemporary movements. Boston: Brill.
- Ford, D. (2022). Encountering education: Elements for a marxist pedagogy. Madison: Iskra Books.
- Ford, D. (2022). Communist study: Education for the commons, 2nd ed. Lanham: Lexington Books. (1st ed. published 2016).
- Ford, D. (2021). Marxism, pedagogy, and the general intellect: Beyond the knowledge economy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Ford, D. (2021). Inhuman educations: Jean-Francois Lyotard, pedagogy, thought. Boston: Brill.
- Ford, D. (2019). Politics and pedagogy in the "post-truth" era: Insurgent philosophy and praxis. London: Bloomsbury.
- Ford, D. (2017). Education and the production of space: Political pedagogy, geography, and urban revolution. New York: Routledge
- Malott, C., & Ford, D. (2015). Marx, capital, and education: Towards a critical pedagogy of becoming. New York: Peter Lang.
- Ford, D. (2022). Marx's inquiry and presentation: The pedagogical constellations of the Grundrisse and Capital. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 54(11), 1887-1897.
- Ford, D. (2022). The sonic aesthetics of writing: Timbre, pedagogy, and thought. Pedagogy, Culture, and Society, 30(4), 567-580.
- Ford, D. (2021). Pedagogically reclaiming Marx's politics in the postdigital age: Social formations and Althusserian pedagogical gestures. Postdigital Science and Education, 3(3), 851-869.
- Ford, D. (2020). The aesthetics of exodus: Virno and Lyotard on art, timbre, and the general intellect. Cultural Politics, 16(2), 253-269.
- Ford, D. (2020). Errant learning in foams: Glissant, Sloterdijk, and the foam of pedagogy. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 39(3), 245-256.
- Ford, D. (2019). Explosions of stupidity: Notes for an urbanist pedagogy. Educational Theory, 69(2), 153-167.
- Ford, D. (2019). Pedagogy of the "not:" Negation, exodus, and postdigital temporal regimes. Postdigital Science and Education, 1(1), 104-118.
- Ford, D., & Jandric, P. (2019). The public intellectual is dead--long live the public intellectual! The postdigital rebirth of public pedagogy. Critical Questions in Education, 10(2), 92-106.
- Ford, D., & Lewis, T. (2018). On the freedom to be opaque monsters: Communist pedagogy, aesthetics, and the sublime. Cultural Politics, 14(1), 95-108.
- Ford, D. (2018). Queer communist study: The sinthomostudier against the capital-debt-learning regime. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 15(1), 8-23.
- Ford, D., & Zhao, W. (2018). Toward an educational sphereology: Air, wind, and materialist pedagogy. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50(5), 528-537.
- Zhao, W., & Ford, D. (2018). Re-imagining affect with study: Implications from a Daoist wind story and yin-yang movement. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37(2), 109-121.
- Ford, D. (2017). Making marxist pedagogy magical: From critique to imagination, or how bookkeepers set us free. Critical Education, 8(9), 1-13.
- Ford, D. (2017). Studying like a communist: Affect, the party, and the educational limits to capitalism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(5), 452-461.
- Ford, D., & Lewis, T. (2017). Lyotard and the sublime unconscious of education: Communicative capitalism and aesthetics. Philosophy of Education, 73(1), 488-501.
- Ford, D. (2016). A pedagogy for space: Teaching, learning, and studying in the Baltimore Rebellion. Policy Futures in Education, 14(2), 176-193.
- Ford, D. (2016). Revolutionary parallel pedagogy: A critical teacher education for the multitude. Issues in Teacher Education, 25(2), 55-67.
- Ford, D. (2016). Joining the party: Critical education and the question of organization. Critical Education, 7(15), 1-18.
- Ford, D. (2015). The pneumatic common: Learning in, with and from the air. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(13-14), 1405-1418.
- Ford, D. (2015). A figural education with Lyotard. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 34(1), 89-100.
- Ford, D. (2014). Spatializing marxist educational theory: School, the built-environment, fixed capital, and (relational) space. Policy Futures in Education, 12(6), 784-793.
- Ford, D. (2014). A critical pedagogy of ineffability: Identity, education, and the secret life of whatever. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(4), 380-392.
- Ford, D. (2013). Butler goes to work: A political economy of the subject. borderlands e-journal, 12(1), 1-19.
- Ford, D. (2013). Toward a theory of the educational encounter: Gert Biesta's educational theory and the right to the city. Critical Studies in Education, 54(3), 299-310.
Edited books and journal issues
- Jandric, P., & Ford, D. (2022). Postdigital ecopedagogies: Genealogies, contradictions, and possible futures. New York: Springer.
- Zhao, W., Ford, D., & Lewis, T. (2020). Re-invoking global dialogues on learning, unlearning, and studying. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 39(3).
- Ford, D. (2019). Keywords in radical philosophy and education: Common concepts for contemporary movements. Boston: Brill. (*with editorial assistants Anneliese Waalkes '20, Savannah Jo Wilcek '20, and Clayton Cooprider '19)
- Ford, D., & Malott, C. (2019). Learning with Lenin: Selected works on education and revolution. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.
- Means, A., Ford, D., & Slater, G. (2017). Educational commons in theory and practice: Global pedagogy and politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Ford, D. (2017). Lefebvre’s teachings. Special issue of Policy Futures in Education, 15(4).
- Ford, D., Porfilio, B., & Goldstein, R. (2015). The media and the neoliberal privatization of education. Special issue of Critical Education, 6(7-16).
- Porfilio, B., & Ford, D. (2015). Leaders in critical pedagogy: Narratives for understanding and solidarity. Boston: Brill-Sense.
- Ford, D. (2022). Listening to the mute voices of words: Errant pedagogy in the zone. In K. Bamford and M. Grebowicz (Eds.), Lyotard and critical practice. London: Bloomsbury.
- Ford, D. (2022). Facing the test: The Leninist Party as proctor. In A. Ivanchikova & R. Maclean (Eds.), The future of Lenin: Politics, power, and revolution in the 21st century. Albany: State University of New York Press.
- Ford, D. (2022). Chongryon: The struggle of Koreans in Japan. In R. Park & C. York, (Eds.), Socialist education in Korea: Selected works of Kim Il-Sung. Madison: Iskra Books.
- Ford, D. (2022). Marxist theories of teaching. In M. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. New York: Springer.
- Chambers, C., & Ford, D. (2022). Communism: The party - Pedagogy and revolution from Marx to China. In A. Maisuria (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Marxism and education. Boston: Brill.
- Ford, D. (2020). A communist theory of writing: Virno, Lyotard, and a rewriting of the general intellect. In M. Peters, T. Besley, P. Jandric, and X. Zhu (Eds.), Knowledge socialism: The rise of peer production: Collegiality, collaboration, and collective intelligence. New York: Springer.
- Ford, D. (2020). Lefebvre and atmospheric production: An architectronics of air. In M.E. Leary-Owhin & J.P. McCarthy (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the city, and urban society. New York: Routledge.
- Ford, D., Waalkes, A.*, Wilcek, S.*, & Cooprider, C.* (2019). An introduction, a wager: Long live radical philosophy and education! In D. Ford (Ed.), Keywords in radical philosophy and education (Boston: Brill).
- Ford, D. (2018). Don't bring truth to a gun fight: Pedagogy, force, and decision. In M. Peters et. al. (Eds.), Post-truth, fake news: Viral modernity and higher education. New York: Springer.
- McLaren, P., & Ford, D. (2018). Revolutionary critical pedagogy and the struggle against capital today. In L. Rasinski, D. Hill, & S. Skordoulis (Eds.), Marxism and education: International perspectives on theory and action. New York: Routledge.
- John, K., & Ford, D. (2017). The rural is nowhere: Bringing Indigeneity and urbanism into educational research. In W. Reynolds (Ed.), Forgotten places: Critical rural education studies. New York: Peter Lang.
- Ford, D. (2016). The air conditions of philosophy of education: Toward a microsphereology of the classroom. In E. Duarte (Ed.), Philosophy of Education 2015. Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society.
- Ford, D. (2015). From standardized testing to the war on Libya: The privatization of U.S. education in international context. In B. Porfilio & M. Abendroth (Eds.), Understanding neoliberal rule in K-12 schools: Educational fronts for local and global justice. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.
- Malott, C., & Ford, D. (2015). Teaching Ferguson, teaching capital: Slavery and the "terrorist energy" of capital. In C. Jenkins (Ed.), The 2016 Hampton reader. New York: Hampton Institute Press.
- Porfilio, B., & Ford, D. (2015). The corporate-military-governmental milieu. In M. Fang, B. Schultz, & W. Schubert (Eds.), The Sage guide to curriculum in education. London: Sage.
- Ford, D. (2022). Studying society for the working class: Marx's first preface to "Capital." Monthly Review.
- Ford, D. (2021). Paulo Freire's centennial: Political pedagogy for revolutionary organizations. Orinoco Tribune.
- Ford, D., & Majidi, M. (2021). Surplus value is the class struggle: An introduction. Liberation School.
- Ford, D. (2021). The base-superstructure: A model for analysis and action. Hampton Institute.
- Ford, D., & Jandric, P. (2021). Postdigital marxism. Educational Philosophy and Theory.
- Springer, D., & Ford, D. (2021). Walter Rodney's revolutionary praxis: An interview with Devyn Springer. Liberation School.
- Ford, D. (2021). What is ideology? An introduction to the marxist theory of ideology. Midwestern Marx.
- Ford, D. (2021). Koreans in Japan face new wave of discrimination. Minplus News.
- Brown, N., & Ford, D. (2021). Teaching politically and the problem of Afropessimism. Black Agenda Report.
- Ford, D. (2021). Interview with People's Democracy Party of South Corea. Answer Coalition.
- Ford, D. (2020). The colonial gaze in overdrive: The latest rumors and allegations about the DPRK. Hampton Institute.
- Ford, D. (2020). A cybernautic anti-imperialist movement: In defense of automated bots. Postdigital Science and Education.
- Ford, D. (2015). Studying in the streets: The pedagogy of throwing bottles at the cops. Black Agenda Report.
- Ford, D. (2015). Air and the politics of resistance. Aggregate.
- Pfohl, S., & Ford, D. (2015). Art as theory (online curated exhibition). Oranbeg Press.
Ph.D., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, 2015
M.S., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, 2012
B.A., Peace Studies, Goucher College, 2008