Josh Corngold PhD

Associate Professor of Educational Studies Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences


Josh Corngold's research focuses on vexing normative questions about education: What should the primary aims of education be in a diverse democratic society? How should authority over education be allocated, and how should competing interests be prioritized? What principles should guide the regulation of public, private, parochial and home schools? And how should various stakeholders—policymakers, teachers, students, and their guardians—respond to social, cultural and philosophical differences? These questions underlie a great number of contemporary educational debates, and Corngold has analyzed a range of these debates in his own scholarship: from the controversy over the prohibition of Muslim headscarves in French common schools, to complaints about ideological bias in North American higher education, to ongoing cultural battles over sex education in much of the western world.

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
A.B., Harvard College

Philosophical questions about the aims of schooling in a diverse democratic society

Foundations of Education
Philosophy of Education
Critical Thinking
Education Policy

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Colby, A., Beaumont, E., Ehrlich, T., and Corngold, J. (2007). Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Book Review

Corngold, J., Katz, R. M., Newman, A., and Phillips, D. C. (2005). The State of the Art (Review Article). Journal of Philosophy of Education 39(1), 123-139.

Journal Articles

Corngold, J. (2013). Introduction: The Ethics of Sex Education. Educational Theory 63(5), 439-442.

Corngold, J. (2013). Moral Pluralism and Sex Education. Educational Theory 63(5), 461-482.

Corngold, J. (2012). Autonomy-Facilitation or Autonomy-Promotion? The Case of Sex Education. Theory and Research in Education 10(1), 57-70.

Corngold, J. (2012). An Education for Personal Autonomy in an Era of Standards-Based Reform. Journal of Educational Controversy 6(1), CEP/eJournal/v006n001/.

Corngold, J. (2011). Misplaced Priorities: Gutmann’s Democratic Theory, Children’s Autonomy, and Sex Education Policy. Studies in Philosophy and Education 30(1), 67- 84.

Conference Proceedings

Corngold, J. (2015). Justifying Limits on Teachers’ Freedom of Expression. In Moses, M. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2014. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Corngold, J. (2011). John Dewey, Public School Reform, and the Narrowing of Educational Aims. In Biesta, G. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2010 (pp. 237-240). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Corngold, J. (2010). A Broader Definition of Home-School Collaboration. In Kerdeman, D. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2009 (pp. 126-128). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Corngold, J. (2007). A Paradigm of an Intractable Dilemma. In Vokey, D. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2006 (pp. 115-118). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Corngold, J. (2006). Egregiously Conflated Concepts: An Examination of “Toleration as Recognition.” In Howe, K. R. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2005 pp. 263-271). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.


Encyclopedia Article: Corngold, J. (2014). Religious Symbols and Clothing. In Phillips, D. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy (pp. 704-706). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Edited Journal Issue: Corngold, J. (Guest Ed.). (2013). Symposium: The Ethics of Sex Education. Educational Theory 63(5).


Corngold, J. "Unwelcome Sex and the Moral Limits of Consent"

Corngold, J. "Parents' Rights" (Encyclopedia Article)

American Educational Research Association
Philosophy of Education Society

EDUC 2033 Critical Thinking
EDUC 2103 Foundations of Education
EDUC 2223 Philosophy of Education
EDUC 7013 Parents, Children and the Democratic State
EDUC 7083 Educational Policy
EDUC 7623 Writing for Scholarship
EDUC 7913 Research and Paper
EDUC 7973 Seminar:
EDUC 7983 Research and Thesis