Individual Research Interests
Research Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas:
- Philosophical approaches to educational questions, including (but not limited to) questions in the areas of ethics, political philosophy, and epistemology
- Politics, democracy and citizenship in education
- Philosophy of medical education
- Queer theory and education; anti-homophobia education
- Aesthetic theory and education; museum education; art interpretation and hermeneutics
Claudia Ruitenberg was born and raised in The Netherlands. She first came to Canada in 1987 to attend the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island, and returned in 2000 for doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University. She divides her time between Vancouver and Salt Spring Island.
She is a Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, a Faculty Associate of the UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and a member of the Steering Committee of Critical Studies in Sexuality.
In March 2014 Dr. Winston Thompson, a fellow philosopher of education from the University of New Hampshire, interviewed Claudia for his PIPEline series. You can listen to the audio-interview here.
In May 2015, ten invited scholars from five countries, in the fields of philosophy of education and curriculum studies, will gather at UBC to discuss the role of study in different forms and levels of education. The symposium will focus on “study” as an educational concept and activity in its own right. What does it mean to study a text? A piece of music? A tree? How is studying any of these objects different from being taught about them, or learning something about them? What does the difficulty demanded by study mean for the one who studies and for the teacher? What mode of existence does study induce? What is the significance of study, not just for its educational outcome but as a human activity?
Funded by: Spencer Foundation
With UBC participants: Dr. William Pinar (EDCP), Dr. Anne Phelan (EDCP), Dr. Sam Rocha (EDST)
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2015). Unlocking the world: Education in an ethic of hospitality. Boulder, CO: Paradigm
Ruitenberg, C. W. (Ed.) (2012). Philosophy of education 2012. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
Ruitenberg, C. W. & Phillips, D. C. (Eds.) (2012). Education, culture and epistemological diversity: Mapping a disputed terrain. New York: Springer.
Click here for an interview about the book.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (Ed.) (2010). What do philosophers of education do (and how do they do it)? Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2014). Multicultural epistemology. In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy (pp. 286-289). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2013). The double subjectification function of education: Reconsidering hospitality and democracy. In T. Szkudlarek (Ed.), Education and the political: New theoretical articulations (pp. 89-105). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense.
Ruitenberg, C. W. & Vokey, D. (2010). Equality and justice. In R. Bailey, R. Barrow, D. Carr, & C. McCarthy (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of philosophy of education. London: SAGE.
Selected refereed articles
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2015). The practice of equality: A critical understanding of democratic citizenship education. Democracy & Education, 23(1), art.2.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2014). Physicians in philosophy of education: From cameo appearance to leading role. In C. Mayo (ed.), Philosophy of education 2013 (pp. 146-154). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2014). Hospitable gestures in the university lecture: Analysing Derrida’s pedagogy. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 48(1), 149-164.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2012). Learning by walking: Non-formal education as curatorial practice and intervention in public space. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 31(3), 261-275.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2011). The empty chair: Education in an ethic of hospitality. In R. Kunzman (Ed.), Philosophy of education 2011 (pp. 28-36). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2011). The trouble with dispositions: A critical examination of personal beliefs, professional commitments and actual conduct in teacher education. Ethics and Education, 6(1), 41-52.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2011). Learning to articulate: From ethical motivation to political demands. In G. Biesta (Ed.), Philosophy of education 2010 (pp. 372-380). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2010). Conflict, affect, and the political: On disagreement as democratic capacity. In Factis Pax, 4(1), 40–55.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2010). Queer politics in schools: A Rancièrean reading. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42(5-6), 618–34.
Ruitenberg, C.W. (2010). Giving place to unforeseeable learning: The inhospitality of outcomes-based education. In D. Kerdeman (Ed.), Philosophy of education 2009 (pp. 266-274). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2009). Educating political adversaries: Chantal Mouffe and radical democratic citizenship education. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 28(3), 269-281.
Ruitenberg, C. W. (2008). Discourse, theatrical performance, agency: The analytic force of “performativity” in education. In B. Stengel (Ed.), Philosophy of Education 2007 (pp. 260-268). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
Cristina Delgado, Ph.D. (2012, co-supervised) Aporetic openings in living well with others: The teacher as a thinking subject
Lian Beveridge, Ph.D. (2012, co-supervised) Just like everyone else: The knowledge/ignorance binary in censorship and lesbian and gay picturebooks
Shayna Plaut, Ph.D. (2014, co-supervised) Writing/righting truths across borders: Learning from transnational peoples’ journalism and politics
Autumn Knowlton (in progress) Learning what political change looks like: Q’eqchi’ Mayas’ political imaginaries in “post-conflict” Guatemala
Gang Li, Ph.D. (in progress, co-supervised)
Marcelina Piotrowski (in progress, co-supervised)
Parvaneh Ghazinezhad, Ph.D. (in progress)
Lilach Marom, Ph.D. (in progress)
Alejandra Sanchez, Ph.D. (in progress, co-supervised)
Jim Bigari, Ph.D. (in progress, co-supervised)
Kozue Matsumoto, M.A. (2010) Unsettling Japanese Canadianness in Vancouver: Negotiated and hybridized identity
Shantel Ivits, M.A. (2009) Disturbing the comfortable: An ethical inquiry into pedagogies of discomfort and crisis
Stephanie Bonic, M.A. (2008) Educational value is not private! Defending the concept of public education
Shelley Coburn, M.A. (in progress, co-supervised)
Ryan van den Berg, M.A. (in progress)
Ryan Murphy, M.Ed. (2015)
Xu Xin, M.Ed. (2015)
Sam Bradd, M.Ed. (2014)
Shane Fifield, M.Ed. (2014)
Julie Prodor, M.Ed. (2014)
Karine Ng, M.Ed. (2011)
David Butler, M.Ed. (2009)
Paulina Moreno, M.Ed. (2009)
Gordon Chung, M.Ed. (2008)
Naureen Ali, M.Ed. (in progress)
EDST 601A: First Year Doctoral Seminar in Critical Social Theory
EDST 602A: Doctoral Seminar (Ph.D. and Ed.D.)
EDST 597: Educational Theories: Democracy, Equality, and Justice
EDST 595: Philosophical Research in Education
EDST 571: Introduction to Educational Research: Relating Questions, Theories, and Methods
EADM 581: Leadership, Administration and the Aims of Education
EDST 454: Critical Thinking: Frameworks, Methods and Challenges