I am currently a Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University, and am Associate Editor for the new journal, Beijing International Review of Education. Previously I was Professor for 7 years at University of Waikato, and appointed Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Education in 2017. Until end of 2017, I was Director, Centre for Global Studies in Education, which I established in 2012.
Having been a NZ secondary school teacher for 16 years (Head of Guidance, Counsellor), I began my academic career as Research Fellow at University of Glasgow, UK in late 2000, then I moved to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA. I have been a Full Professor since appointment in 2006 at California State University, San Bernardino. In 2008 I returned to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign as Research Professor before appointment at Waikato in August 2011. I work closely with Prof. Michael A. Peters and with a wide international network of scholars.
Philosophy of Education – especially the later work of Michel Foucault, applied to education - subjectivity, free speech, governmentality
Interculturalism & Global Studies in Education – policy, identities and cultures, academic entrepreneurship in the creative economy, the global knowledge economy
Education Policy - financialisation, internationalisation
Youth Studies – globalised identities and digital media cultures
Counselling – school counselling and narrative therapy