“McLaren’s writing is a brilliant blend of passion, commitment, and critical analysis and insight. It is poetry and prose in an intimate dance that touches, at once, readers’ hearts and minds. This new book [Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution], which appeared at the very dawn of the new millennium, is no exception. Indeed, it is probably McLaren’s most important and exciting text to date. It is also one of the most important books on critical education, and thus also education and social justice, to have been written in the twentieth century. Only a ‘Comrade of the heart’ could have written with such ardour, precision, and depth.”
--Paula Allman, author of Revolutionary Social Transformation: Democratic Hopes, Political Possiblilities and Critical Education
"Peter McLaren’s work occupies a very special place which has grown in its specificity and character and this needs to be strongly identified, uniquely appreciated and further articulated in order to be understood. I would argue that while sustaining a huge share of what is now identified with critical pedagogy, Peter McLaren must be seen from beyond those confines as his work moves even beyond education itself....Within a North American context, McLaren’s Christian-revolutionary hallmark reclaims a narrative that he brings up from the Latin American heritage, which after the Second
Vatican Council saw an upsurge in liberation theologies of all kinds. Unless one understands this claimed heritage, one would be missing out on the subtleties of McLaren’s work, which is sometimes held back by the earnest and heavy lyricism that characterize its rendition.
--John Baldacchino, author of The Travails of Criticality: Understanding Peter McLaren's Revolutionary Vocation. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 15, issue 5, June, 2017
Born to a working-class family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1948, and raised in both Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Professor McLaren taught elementary and middle school from 1974-1979, and most of that time was spent teaching in Canada’s largest public housing complex located in Toronto’s Jane-Finch Corridor. Cries from the Corridor, McLaren's book about his teaching experiences, made the Canadian bestseller list and was one of the top ten bestselling books in Canada in 1980 (MacLean's Magazine), initiating a country-wide debate on the status of inner-city schools.
Professor McLaren also worked as a consultant for the National Film Board of Canada and served on the Canadian Cancer Society Educational Subcommittee, 1980-83. While a doctoral candidate, he developed a pilot television program called Kidding Around for Multicultural TV. Professor McLaren earned his doctorate in 1984, and served the following year as Special Lecturer in Education at Brock University where he specialized in teaching language arts in urban schools. Professor McLaren moved to the United States in 1985 to help create The Center for Education and Cultural Studies at Miami University of Ohio where he served as Director and held the title of Renowned Scholar-in-Residence and taught from 1985-1993. Professor McLaren then taught at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1985-2013 as a Professor in the Division of Urban Schooling at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Professor McLaren is a dual Canadian-American citizen, having become a US citizen in 2000. Professor McLaren holds Honorary Doctorates from The University of Lapland, Finland, the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Universidad Nacional de Chilecito, Argentina.
Professor McLaren is the author and editor of nearly 50 books and his writings have been translated into over 25 languages. Five of his books have won the Critic's Choice Award of the American Educational Studies Association. Professor McLaren's book, Life in Schools: An Introduction to Critical Pedagogy in the Foundations of Education (New York: Routledge), has been named one of the 12 most significant writings by foreign authors in the field of educational theory, policy and practice by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences; the list includes Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire and Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich and books by Pierre Bourdieu and Howard Gardner.
The charter for La Fundacion McLaren de Pedagogia Critica was signed at the University of Tijuana in July, 2004 and was later moved to Ensenada, Mexico under the title, Instituto McLaren de Pedagogia Critica y Educacion Popular. Instituto McLaren offers courses, degrees and training in popular education and has been named in Professor McLaren’s honor.
Professor McLaren worked closely with educators in Venezuela to develop programs in critical literacy and critical pedagogy as part of the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by the late President Hugo Chavez.
Professor McLaren is associated with Chapman’s historical commitment to the memory of Paulo Freire, as demonstrated by the university’s Freire archive collection and the only known North American bust of the great Brazilian pedagogical theorist. In 2014, Professor McLaren donated his extensive collection of Latin American revolutionary art to Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries and has also donated his papers and numerous personal artifacts to Chapman’s Paulo Freire Archives. A scholar and activist whose written work and educational activism attempts to reflect the goals and educational practices developed by his mentor, Paulo Freire, Professor McLaren is a frequent international speaker whose work has a global reach.
Professor McLaren is married to Wang Yan (Angie) of Harbin, China. Both Angie and Peter are devoted Chapman Panther football and basketball fans and Peter still roots for his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. A devout Catholic, Professor McLaren is a member of Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, California. Among his heroes he includes the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, Marxist theorist Raya Dunayevskaya and Brazil’s legendary educator, Paulo Freire.
Comité scientifique Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne École supérieure du professorat et de l’éducation de Créteil, Penser l’intersectionnalité dans les recherches en éducation: enquêtes, terrains, theories (18 et 19 mai 2017)
Recent Awards and Honors
Teaching and Research Interests
Philosophy and history of education, curriculum theory, critical pedagogy, critical ethnography, political sociology of education, critical theory, Marxist theory, revolutionary social movements, critical race theory, social justice education, liberation theology and critical spirituality.
McLaren, Peter and Monzo, Lilia. (in press). Growing the Revolutionary Intellectual, Creating the Counter-Public Sphere. In Patricia Leavy, editor. Oxford Handbook for Methods for Public Scholarship. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Foreword. (2017). In E. Wayne Ross. Rethinking Social Studies: Critical Pedagogy in Pursuit of Dangerous Citizenship. (xiii-xi). Charlotte, North Carolina. Information Age Publishers.
Foreword. (2016). Questos da Educacao. (pp. 7-10). Marcia Moraes, Editor. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Ventura.
McLaren, Peter (in press). Interview. In Freire, Paulo. (in press). The 50th anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Bloomsbury Publishers.
Monzó, L.D. & McLaren, P. (2016). Challenging the violence and invisibility against women of Color – A Marxist imperative. Iberoamérica Social: revista-red de estudios sociales.
(with Monzó, L.D. & Rodriguez, A.). Deploying guns to expendable communities: Bloodshed in Mexico, US imperialism and transnational capital – A call for revolutionary critical pedagogy. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 2016
Monzó, L.D. & McLaren, P. (2015). Pedagogy of possibility: Socialism on the way to “deep democracy.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 46(4). 339-341.
Monzó, L.D. & McLaren, P. (2015). Women and violence in the age of migration. Iberoamérica Social: revista-red de estudios sociales, June 10. Retrievedhttp://iberoamericasocial.com/women-and-violence-in-the-age-of-migration/
McLaren, P. (2016). Critical pedagogy and class struggle in the age of neoliberal terror. In Kumar R. (Ed.). Neoliberalism, Critical Pedagogy and Education. (19-67). London: Routledge.
McLaren, P. & Monzó, L.D. (2016). Reclaiming Che! A pedagogy of love and revolution toward a socialist alternative. In Ness, I. & Maty Bâ, S. (Eds.). Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
McLaren, P. & Monzó, L.D. (in preparation). (Eds.). Revolutionary Marxism and Education (special issue). Knowledge Cultures.
McLaren, P. & Monzó, L.D. (Eds.). Revolutionary Marxism and Education [Expanded version of Knowledge Cultures, special issue) to appear as an edited book in the series, Education and Struggle. Peter Lang. (in preparation).
(with Monzó, L.D.). (in press). A Response to G. Tanaka Presidential Address to Anthropology and Education Council, American Anthropological Association. Manuscript in prep for Anthropology and Education Quarterly.
(with Monzó, L.D.). (2015) The future is Marx: Bringing back class and changing the world – A moral imperative. In M.Y. Remain & B. Bruce (Eds.), International Handbook of Progressive Education. PEGEM.
Reflections on Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, and the Current Crisis of Capitalism. In Michael Peters and Tina Besley, eds. Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy. New York: Peter Lang Publishers. 2015, pp. 17-38
McLaren, P. (2015). Self and social formation and the political project of teaching: Some reflections. In Porfilio, B. J. & Ford, D. R. (Eds.). Leaders in Critical Pedagogy: Narratives for Understanding and Solidarity, (127-140). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
McLaren, P. & Jandrić, P. (2015). The critical challenge of networked learning: using information technologies in the service of humanity. In Jandrić, P. & Boras, D. (Eds.), Critical learning in digital networks, (pp. 199-226). New York: Springer.
Monzó, L.D. & McLaren, P. (2015). Marked for labor: Latina bodies and transnational capital – A critical pedagogy approach. For C.R. Monroe, (Ed.), Race and colorism in education. New York: Routledge.
Monzo, L.D. & McLaren, P. (2015). Critical pedagogy: Past, present, and future. In M.Y. Eryaman & B. Bruce (Eds.), International Handbook of Progressive Education. PEGEM.
McLaren, P. (2015). Red Bones: Toward a Pedagogy of Common Struggle: Response 2. In Grande, S. Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought (Tenth Anniversary Edition), (99-108). Lanham • Boulder • New York • London:Rowman & Littlefield.
Pedagogy of Insurrection. (2015). New York: Peter Lang Publishers
The Abode of Educational Production: In Interview with Peter McLaren. (2015) Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research. Volume 26.
McLaren, P. This Fist Called My Heart: The Peter McLaren Reader. Edited by Marc Pruyn and Luis Huerta Charles. Charlotte, North Carolina, Information Age Publishers, 2015.
Petar Jandrić and Peter McLaren. (2014). Critical revolutionary pedagogy is made by walking – in a world where many worlds coexist. Policy Futures in Education, 12(6), pp. 805-831.
McLaren, P. (2014). Life in Schools (6th edition). Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Press (Now Routledge, U.S. and London).
Lilia D. Monzó & Peter McLaren. (2014). Critical Pedagogy and the Decolonial Option: challenges to the inevitability of capitalism, Policy Futures in Education, 12(4), pages 513‑525.
Peter McLaren (2014) Education Agonistes: an epistle to the transnational capitalist class, Policy Futures in Education, 12(4), 583-610.
Peter McLaren. (2013). Reflections on Love and Revolution, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, volume 5, no. 1, pp. 1-10.
Peter McLaren. (2013). Seeds of Resistance: Towards a Revolutionary Critical Ecopedagogy. Socialist Studies / Études socialistes, Vol 9, No 1: 84-108
Peter McLaren. (2012). La Pedagogia Critica Revolucionaria: El Socialismo y los Desafios Actuales. Buenos Aires: Herramienta Ediciones.
Peter McLaren. (2012). Objection Sustained: revolutionary pedagogical praxis as an occupying force, Policy Futures in Education, Volume 10 Number 4, pp. 487-495.
Peter McLaren. (2012). Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy for a Socialist Society: A Manifesto. The Capilano Review. 3(13), 2012, pp. 61-66.
Peter McLaren. (2011). The Death Rattle of the American Mind. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies. Volume 11, no. 4, pp. 373-385.
McLaren, P., Macrine, S., and Hill, D, (Eds). (2010). Revolutionizing Pedagogy: Educating for Social Justice Within and Beyond Global Neo-liberalism. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Nocella, A., Best, S., & McLaren, P. (Eds.) (2010). Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex. San Francisco: AK Press.
Sandlin, J.A. & McLaren, P. (Eds.). (2009). Critical Pedagogies of Consumption: Living and Learning in the Shadow of the "Shopocalypse”. New York and London: Routledge.
McLaren, P., & Jaramillo, N. (2007). Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire: Towards a New Humanism. Rotterdam and Tapei: Sense Publishers.
McLaren, P. (2006). Rage and Hope: Interviews with Peter McLaren on War, Imperialism and Critical Pedagogy. Peter Lang Publishers, New York.
McLaren, P. (2005). Life in Schools (5th edition). New York: Allyn & Bacon.
McLaren, P. (2005). Capitalists and Conquerors: Critical Pedagogy Against Empire. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
McLaren, P. & Farahmandpur, R. (2005). Teaching Against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism. A Critical Pedagogy. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
McLaren, P. (2000). Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
Books About Professor McLaren’s Work
Professor McLaren's work has been the subject of four books: Teaching Peter McLaren: Paths of Dissent, edited by Marc Pruyn and Luis M. Huerta-Charles (New York: Peter Lang Publications) [translated into Spanish as De La Pedagogia Critica a la pedagogia de la Revolucion: Ensayos Para Comprender a Peter McLaren, Mexico City, Siglo Veintiuno Editores]; Peter McLaren, Education, and the Struggle for Liberation, edited by Mustafa Eryaman (New Jersey: Hampton Press); Crisis of Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren, edited by Charles Reitz. (2014) and This Fist Called My Heart: The Peter McLaren Reader. Edited by Marc Pruyn and Luis Huerta-Charles, editors. Charlotte, North Carolina. Information Age Publishers (2015).