Abraham DeLeon

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies



     

Biography


“The important thing here, I believe, is that truth isn’t outside power, or lacking in power…truth isn’t the reward of free spirits, the child of protracted solitude, nor the privilege of those who have succeeded in liberating themselves. Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it induces regular effects of power. Each society has its régime of truth, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true” (Foucault, 1980; p. 131-132).

My theoretical framework in my research and teaching

The quote that opens my bio, in some ways, best reflects my scholarship to this point.  The nature of Truth and how it has been and currently is deployed is of central importance to my social, cultural, economic and historical inquiry.  Through these types of discursive realities, we can examine how power relationships are formulated and maintained.  Adding to this central interest is also an overarching paradigm of cultural studies. Power, Truth, the nature of knowledge, representation and ideology are central to my analysis of social problems and ways that communities can actively resist these contemporary realities during late capitalism. I push for linking a critical analysis of current social and historical conditions with the need to think of alternatives for a future humanity still yet to come. My work is also informed by critical, liberatory and radical social theories. I try to demonstrate in my teaching a rigorous approach in understanding the contexts in which research and education occur and aim to provide a stimulating classroom environment that seeks to not only challenge existing structures of power, but to also equip those who work in education with tools in which to provide empowering educational experiences.

My publication record

I published a single-authored manuscript with Information Age Publishing entitled Machines (2015). I have articles that have also appeared in Critical Education, Equity & Excellence in EducationThe Social Studies, The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Educational Studies, and Theory and Research in Social EducationI have authored several book chapters in various edited collections. I have also co-edited a book entitled, Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An introductory anthology of anarchy in the academy (Routledge, 2009) and a book with E. Wayne Ross (Sense Publishers, 2010) entitled, Critical Theories, Radical Pedagogies, and Social Education: Towards New Perspectives for Social Studies Education.