Tomas de Rezende Rocha is an assistant professor of philosophy of education, justice and equity. His research focuses broadly on the philosophical foundations of education, with a particular emphasis on (1) the diversity of practices and traditions in Contemplative Education, (2) Latin American philosophies of education, and (3) the concepts undergirding social justice education. He is a member of the Coordinating Collective and the Editorial Collective of the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society (LAPES).
Dr. Rocha serves on the membership committee of the Philosophy of Education Society (PES) and on the executive board of the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society (NEPES). He has published in Philosophy of Education, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Journal of School Psychology, and Lápiz, and is currently preparing his dissertation research for submission to academic journals.
At Columbia University, Dr. Rocha co-taught courses on the educational philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, the pre-conquest Aztecs (via Miguel León-Portilla), Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz, José Carlos Mariátegui, Aimé Césaire, Gabriela Mistral, W. E. B. Du Bois, and John Dewey, among various other thinkers. He also served as an adjunct instructor for a general introduction to philosophical ethics at Fordham Unviersity.
** I am currently seeking to hire UW students who are (1) fluent in Spanish, and/or (2) have experience using algorithms for automated academic data-mining (e.g., citation-mining) for two separate research projects. Please contact me if interested. **
EDLPS 525: Introduction to Educational Inquiry - Part One (Autumn quarter)
EDLPS 526: Introduction to Educational Inquiry - Part Two (Winter quarter)
EDLPS 520: Education as a Moral Endeavor (Winter quarter) **
EDLPS 521: Philosophies of Education (Spring quarter - starting AY 2021-2022) **
** Both EDLPS 520 and EDLPS 521 fulfill the 'Education Courses' requirement for the Certificate of Mastery in Philosophy for Children, which is administered by the UW Center for Philosophy for Children and connected to the UW Department of Philosophy.
Philosophy of Education Resources
Centers and Programs
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Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2020
M.Phil. in Politics, Development and Democratic Education, University of Cambridge, 2013
B.A. in Education Studies, Brown University, 2011