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Professor Judith Suissa


Professor of Philosophy of Education, UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom



Judith Suissa is a philosopher of education whose work explores the intersection between political ideas and educational practice. She is particularly concerned to challenge the narrow focus on state schooling characteristic of so much educational philosophy, theory and research, and to explore the underlying political and moral assumptions of pedagogical relationships outside institutional forms of education. These include parent-child relationships, educational experiments that challenge the state system, and social movements.



  • Suissa, J. (2006). Anarchism and Education; A Philosophical Perspective. Abingdon: Routledge. 
  • Ramaekers, S. and Suissa, J. (2012) The Claims of Parenting; Reasons, Responsibility and Society. Springer.
  • Rosen, R., & Suissa, J. (2020). Children, parents, and non-parents: To whom does “the future” belong?. Families, Relationships and Societies.
  • Suissa, J. (2020). Oikophobia and not being at home: educational questions. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 1-15. doi:10.1080/01596306.2020.1743646
  • Suissa, J. (2019). Education and non-domination: reflections from the radical tradition. Studies in Philosophy and Education. doi:10.1007/s11217-019-09662-3
  • Suissa, J., & Chetty, D. (2017). 'No-go areas'; Racism and Discomfort in the Community of Inquiry. In M. Gregory, J. Haynes, K. Murris (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of philosophy for children (pp. 11-18). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Suissa, J. (2017). Multiculturalism and Diversity. In P. Smeyers (Ed.), Springer International Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Netherlands.
  • Suissa, J. (2017). Pedagogies of Indignation and ""The Lives of Others"". Policy Futures in Education. doi:10.1177/1478210317721279
  • Suissa, J., & Charkin, E. (2017). Radical education. In U. Gordon, R. Kinna (Eds.), Routledge handbook of radical politics. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Suissa, J. (2016). Reflections on the “Counter” in Educational Counterpublics. Educational Theory, 66 (6), 769-786. doi:10.1111/edth.12216
  • Suissa, J. (2016). Testimony, Holocaust Education and Making the Unthinkable Thinkable. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 50 (2).
  • Suissa, J. (2015). Character Education and the Disappearance of the Political. Ethics and Education, 10 (1). doi:10.1080/17449642.2014.998030
  • Suissa, J. (2014). Tough Love and Character Education; Reflections on Some Contemporary Notions of Good Parenting. Pedagogical Culture, 1, 115-131
  • Suissa, J. (2014). Towards an Anarchist Philosophy of Education. In D. Lewin, A. Guilherme, M. White (Eds.), New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education (pp. 139-159). London: Bloomsbury Academic Press.


Anarchist and other radical traditions of education; parent-child relationships; utopian theory; questions concerning the control and provision of education; the role of the state, academic freedom.
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