Individual Research Interests
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
P. 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.
Grantor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Role: Principal Investigator
Grantor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Grantor: Australian Research Council (ARC). Role: Collaborator
- Education policy and racial biopolitics in the multicultural city. Kalervo N. Gulson lead author. Policy Press (~2016).
- Policy geophilosophy and education. With Kalervo N. Gulson. Sense Publishers (2015).
- Teacher assemblage. Sense Publishers (2009). *Winner of the Outstanding Book Award of the Qualitative Research SIG, AERA, 2010 and winner of a Critics’ Choice Book Award, AESA, 2009
- Webb, P. T. (2015). Fucking teachers. Deleuze Studies, 9(3), 437-451.
- Webb, P. T. & Gulson, K. N. (2015). Faciality enactments, schools of recognition, and policies of difference (in-itself). Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(4), 515-532.
- Webb, P. T. & Gulson, K. N. (2015). Policy scientificity 3.0: Theory and policy analysis in-and-for this world and other-worlds. Critical Studies in Education, 56(1), 161-174.
- Webb, P. T., Gulson, K. N., & Pitton, V. O. (2014). The neo-liberal education policies of epimeleia heautou: Caring for the self in school markets. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 35(1), 31-44.
- Webb, P. T. (2013). Policy problematizations. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(3), 364-376.
- Webb, P. T. (2013). Nail-a-pend-de-quacy-in: Teacher-becoming and the micropolitics of self-semiotics. In D. Masny (Ed.), Cartographies of becoming in education: A Deleuze-Guattari perspective (pp. 163-177). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
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.
- Otherworlds: High school teachers’ experiences of power v
is-a-vis accountability policies in South Carolina. Mary Cartee Adkins (2013), MA
- (De/Re)-Constructing teachers and their work: A discourse analysis of British Columbia’s 21st-century policy agenda. Cory (Tobey) Steeves (2012), MA
- 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
- 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)