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Ronald Chennault

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

  • Black educational thought; diversity, equity, and social justice education; education policy; media analysis; politics and schooling; public discourse; race

Selected Publications

  • Chennault, R. E., & Alridge, D. P., eds. (under contract). Liberation and education: Perspectives on Black educational thought. Rutgers University Press.
  • Wright, D., Tovar-Murray, D., Noel, T., and Chennault, R. (2022). A phenomenological analysis of invisibility syndrome in formerly incarcerated Black men.”  Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 50(2), 46-58.
  • 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.

  • A monograph on public discourse about public scho​oling (in progress)​