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John Petrovic

Professor, Social/Cultural Studies in Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies



  • multicultural education
  • language policy
  • philosophy of education
  • liberal political theory
  • critical pedagogy


  • language policy in education
  • bilingual education policy
  • gay and lesbian issues in education policy
  • political theory and education


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA


  • McCrory Award for Excellence in Reseach, University of Alabama, 2016
  • McCrory Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Alabama, 2013
  • Finalist, Last Lecture Series, University of Alabama, 2007, 2008, 2016


John Petrovic is Professor and Program Coordinator for the Social and Cultural Studies Concentration. He earned his PhD in 1999 from University of Colorado in Foundations of Education, specializing in philosophy and policy studies. He is a past President of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society and Secretary of the American Educational Studies Association. A former ESL/FL teacher with a Masters degree in bilingual education from The Pennsylvania State University, Petrovic’s primary research interest is language policy in education. He is a Liberal political theorist, both critiquing and defending Liberal political theory, to inform analyses of policy in education. His publications appear in a variety of Foundations and Policy journals including Educational Studies, Educational Theory, The Oxford Review of Education, The Journal of Language and Politics, and Philosophy of Education. He has served on the Editorial Boards of several major journals, including the American Educational Research Journal and the International Multilingual Research Journal. He is editor of three books: International Perspectives on Bilingual Education (Information Age Press, 2010), Citizenship Education around The World: Local Contexts and Global Possibilities (co-edited with Aaron Kuntz, Routledge, 2014), and Indigenous Philosophies of Education around The World (co-edited with Roxanne Mitchell, Routledge, 2018). He is author of A Post-liberal Approach to Language Policy (Multilingual Matters, 2015). Petrovic teaches courses on Multicultural Education, Language Policy, and Philosophy of Education.