Dr Andrew Brogan

Andy Brogan

Lecturer in Education Studies

School of Education and Social Work
Email:
andrew.brogan@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 331 6886

Andy completed his BA in Politics at the University of Kent. Here he focused on political theory, international relations, and Latin America, completing a dissertation on Raul Castro’s influence in Cuban/US relations.

Following a year working in a secondary school providing one-to-one SEN support and library assistance, Andy completed a course to teach English as a Foreign Language and moved to Arequipa, Peru. During his 2 years in Peru Andrew taught in a mixture of private language institutes and universities, alongside working as a project manager for a local education charity. Both jobs left him with a series of questions about his role and position in the world, and in an attempt to answer these he returned to the University of Kent to do a MA in Politics.

During the MA Andy concentrated on political theory and resistance, culminating in a MA dissertation on the life-work of Paulo Freire and Václav Havel and their resistance to oppression. This interest in the work of Paulo Freire and critical pedagogy led to Andy applying for a PhD position to develop a critique of critical pedagogy via anarchism.

Andy was awarded a scholarship for the PhD allowing him to continue his twin passions of teaching and research. As the PhD project developed Andy drew on anarchism, Foucault, and de Certeau to critique critical pedagogy and explore subversive possibilities in his own teaching practice. The result was a PhD thesis with a blend of political, social and educational theory and autoethnography.

Andy currently works as a Lecturer in Education Studies drawing on his background in politics to teach modules on philosophy of education, international and comparative education, research methods, and subjectivity. Alongside this his research work continues to explore subversive possibilities for education through an elaboration of anarchism and de Certeau.

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