Josh Corngold

Josh Corngold

Associate Professor of Education Chapman Hall 318

Dr. 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 Dr. 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.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, Stanford University, 2008
  • M.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 2005
  • B.A. (cum laude), English and American Literature (major)/Comparative Study of Religion (minor), Harvard University, 1998

Areas of Research Focus

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Moral and Civic Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Political Theory


Previous Teaching Experience

  • Instructor (2005)
    • Stanford University School of Education; Stanford, CA 
    • High School English Teacher (1999-2002)
      • Oakley School; Oakley, UT
      • Substitute Teacher (1998)


      Previous Relevant Work Experience

      • Research Assistant (2004-2008)
        • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Stanford, CA
          • Primary focus: The Political Engagement Project, a study of twenty-one undergraduate courses and programs designed to foster informed political engagement among students
      • Research Assistant (2002-2004)
        • The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities; Stanford, CA
          • Primary focus: Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning, a study of an after-school civic education program for diverse middle and high school students

      Professional Affiliations

      • American Educational Research Association
      • American Political Science Association
      • Philosophy of Education Society

      Courses Taught at TU

      • First Seminar: Progressivism, the Free Child,and the Critics (FS 1973 02)
      • Foundations of Education (EDUC 2103)
      • Independent Study (EDUC 4993)
      • Seminar Education and Public Policy (EDUC 5973,7973)

      Awards & Recognition

      • 2002-2003 Stanford University School of Education Quillen Fellowship and Research Award.


      • A Paradigm of an Intractable Dilemma
        Corngold, J. (2007). In Vokey, D. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2006 (pp. 115-118). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
      • Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement
        Book: Colby, A., Beaumont, E., Ehrlich, T., and Corngold, J. (2007). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
      • Egregiously Conflated Concepts: An Examination of “Toleration as Recognition.”
        Corngold, J. (2006). In Howe, K. R. (Ed.), Philosophy of Education, 2005 (pp. 263-271). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
      • The State of the Art
        Corngold, J., Katz, R. M., Newman, A., and Phillips, D. C. (2005). Journal of Philosophy of Education, 39(1), 123-139.