Individual Research Interests

Critical and poststructural policy studies
Neoliberalism
Governmentality
Biopolitics
Fieldwork in philosophy/social theory
Problematizations

Research Supervision Interests

 

  • Education policy, especially enactments and problematizations
  • Governmentality studies in education, particularly micropolitics and subjectivities
  • Methodological uses of fieldwork in philosophy and post-qualitative approaches
  • Michel Foucault
  • Gilles Deleuze

Bio

 

BanksyP. Taylor Webb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He received his BA in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley; his MA in curriculum at the University of Colorado, Denver; and his PhD in educational policy studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include Teacher Assemblage (Sense, 2009) and, with Kalervo N. Gulson, Policy Science 3.0: Policy Geophilosophy and Education (Sense, 2014). Webb taught at the University of Washington, Bothell prior to Vancouver, and taught elementary school for five years in Denver where he also served as the director of a community service program at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts <http://www.davarts.org/>.

My work examines and critiques how education rationalizes and produces ‘governable subjects’ within liberal and neo-liberal normative architectures. I have analyzed such productions by examining policies of education accountability, school choice, and through the recursions of such practices and logics in educator preparation programs (e.g., ‘professionals’). I analyze alternative productions that education might make, including how different expressions of education might reconfigure contemporary political life. In this sense, my work ‘experiments’ with education as a way to rethink the political, and always in relation to an immanent political life rather than treating education as something to transcend political life. To accomplish these goals, I examine the intentions or desires in policy (and curricula) and treat these as material productions rather than as only representations of discourse and/or ‘ideology’. Here, the locus of my work is interested in micropolitics and various subjectivizations that arise as undecided moments, and possible moments of flight, during policy events or policy becomings. My methodological commitments rest in a broad and dispersed set of methods that pertain to a fieldwork in philosophy where I treat policy as discrete, spatial, emergent, affective, performative, non-representational, and again, material. 

Education

University of California, Berkeley, 1991, BA, Philosophy
University of Colorado, Denver, 1996, MA, Curriculum & Instruction
University of Washington, Seattle, 2001, PhD , Education Policy Studies

Awards

2010 Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Book Award (AERA)
2009 Critics Choice Book Award (AESA)
2005 Worthington Scholar Award (University of Washington, Bothell)

Research Projects

Curriculum policy in an Afrocentric school: Care of the self during globalization Completed
20102013

Grantor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Role: Principal Investigator

Knowledge-creation practices of older professionals: A cultural-historical exploration of expansive learning in changing work environments Completed
20092010

Grantor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Data infrastructures, mobilities and network governance in education Current

Grantor: Australian Research Council (ARC). Role: Collaborator

Selected Publications

Books

geo assemblageRecent Articles

Selected Invited Talks

  • Webb, P. T. (2014, March). Policy scientificity 3.0. Keynote plenary of the Globalization and Education SIG at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Toronto, Canada.
  • Webb, P. T. (2013, December). The dogmatic image of education and the production of the new. Keynote conference address. “Deleuze. Guattari. Schizoanalysis. Education.” Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
  • Webb, P. T. (2011, November). Fieldwork in philosophy. In “New directions in qualitative methodology in education and the social sciences.” Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of New South Wales.
  • Webb, P. T. (2011, February). Methodologies as thinking: Problematizations and indeterminacies. In “Methodologies: Truth, lies, and indeterminacies.” Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia.

Students Supervised

 

Representative projects

  • Becoming political subjects: Environmental audiences and anti-pipeline activism. Marcelina Piotrowski (~2107), PhD 
  • Overseas mainland Chinese students’ engagement with democratic discourses and practices in Canada and the United States. Gang Li (~2016), PhD
  • Micropolitics and decision-making: A study of one elementary school. Chris Covey (2003), MA

Courses Taught

 

 

  • Social issues in teaching (teacher education) (EDST 401)
  • Governmentality and the micropolitics of curriculum policy (EDST 531)
  • Fieldwork in philosophy (EDST 565)
  • Neo-liberal education policy (EDST 596)
  • Doctoral seminar in theory (EDST 601A)