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Ronald Chennault

  • Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Foundations in Education; Associate Dean
  • Educational Policy Studies and Research
  • 773-325-4691
  • ​2247 N. Halsted St., Room 204​​​

Ronald Chennault is an associate professor and the associate dean for student development. His general academic and professional interests include educational policy and politics, media and cultural studies, and race and other dimensions of diversity. His research focuses on how public schooling is discussed in films and popular culture, in news reporting, and in political discourse.

  • PhD in Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MA in French, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
Courses Taught
  • LSP 200 Sophomore Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States
  • SCG 408 Education and Society
  • SCG 608 Ideology, Power, and Politics Seminar
  • SCG 711 Culture, Power, and Education
  • SCG 785 Frameworks of Inquiry in Educational Research II

Research Interests
Cultural studies; discourse and communication; diversity education; educational theory; educational policy; media analysis; politics and education; race

Selected Publications
Miretzky, D., Chennault, R. E., & Fraynd, D. (2016). Closing an opportunity gap: How a modest program made a difference. Education and Urban Society 48(1), 48-76. 

Chennault, R. E. (2013). Pragmatism and progressivism in the educational thought and practices of Booker T. Washington. Philosophical Studies in Education 44, 121-131.

Chennault, R. E. (2010). Teaching about social class to graduate students in education and human services: Using a classifying activity with an inductive approach as a starting point. Multicultural Education 17(2), 56-60.

Chennault, R. E. (2006). Hollywood films about schools: Where race, politics, and education intersect. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kincheloe, J. L., Steinberg, S.R., Rodriguez, N., & Chennault, R.E., eds. (1998). White reign: Deploying whiteness in America. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.