Shuffelton, Amy

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Philosophy of Education, Gender Theory

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1107, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6463


CV Link: Shuffelton CV


As a philosopher of education, I explore ethical and political dilemmas that arise in education. My recent work has focused on relationships between parents, children and schools, particular as this involves gendered notions of public and private. The philosophers whose work I draw on most often are John Dewey and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose work is interesting to me for different reasons: Dewey because his answers make so much sense and Rousseau because his questions were so right and his answers so wrong.  When I'm not reading, writing and teaching philosophy of education, I like to spend time with my two daughters, take advantage of Chicago's musical and theatrical offerings, and spend time outside.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Program Areas

  • Cultural and Educational Policy Studies

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Philosophical Studies SIG President 2013-15
  • AERA Philosophical Studies SIG Program Chair 2011-13
  • Philosophy of Education Society Committee on the Status of Women Chair, 2011-2014

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 302: Philosophy of Education
  • ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education
  • ELPS 520: Justice

Selected Publications

  • “How Dear the Gift of Laughter,” forthcoming Philosophy of Education Yearbook 2014, ed. Michele Moses (Urbana: University of Illinois, 2014).
  • “The Chicago Teachers Strike and its Problems,” forthcoming Education and Culture
  • “Estranged Familiars: a Deweyan Approach to Philosophy and Qualitative Research” forthcoming Studies in Philosophy and Education
  • “New Fatherhood’ and the Politics of Dependency,” Journal of Philosophy of Education 48 (2) May, 2014.
  • “How Mothers Divide the Apple Pie,” Philosophy of Education Yearbook 2013, ed Cris Mayo (Urbana: University of Illinois, 2013)
  • “A Matter of Friendship: Educational Interventions into Culture and Poverty,” Educational Theory, vol. 63 n 3, June, 2013.
  • “Philia and Pedagogy, Side by Side,” Ethics and Education 7/3, March 2013: 211-223
  •  “Strictness and Second Chances: Serbian Children’s Ethical Readings of Hogwarts and its Teachers,”  Thinking (Fall 2012).
  •  “Rousseau’s Imaginary Friend: Childhood, Play and Suspicion of the Imagination in Emile”  Educational Theory, vol. 62 n 3, June 2012: 305-321.
  •  “On the Ethics of Teacher-Student Friendships,” Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook 2011, ed. Robert Kunzman (Urbana: University of Illinois, 2011).
  • “High Stakes Motherhood and School Choice”, Journal of Educational Controversy  v.5, no 2 (Summer 2010).