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Kenneth J. Saltman, PhD

Program Coordinator PhD Policy Studies in Urban Education: Social Foundations of Education


Educational Policy Studies


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Kenneth J. Saltman is Professor of Educational Policy Studies. His work includes scholarship of neoliberal privatization in education and its manifestations in culture, politics, and subjectivity. Building on critical educational traditions and critical theory this work has analyzed the policies, politics, and practices of for profit educational corporations, new educational technologies, philanthropy, democracy promotion, innovative finance schemes, the militarization of schools, the politics of disaster, the body, and the intersections of policy and popular culture.  In recent years he has focused on new digital forms of educational privatization and new forms of privatization that are accomplished under the rubric of impact investing, innovative finance, and philanthropy. His recent publications include The Swindle of Innovative Education Finance (Minnesota 2018), Scripted Bodies: Corporate Power, Smart Technologies and the Undoing of Public Education (Routledge 2016), The Wiley Handbook of Global Educational Reform (2019), and The Politics of Education, 2nd Edition (Routledge 2019).  He is a fellow of the National Educational Policy Center and a Fulbright Chair in Globalization and Culture.

Selected Publications

Saltman, K. J. (2018). The swindle of innovative educational finance. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Saltman, K. J. (2018). The politics of education: A critical introduction (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Saltman, K. J. (2016). Scripted bodies: Corporate power, smart technologies, and the undoing of public education. New York: Routledge.

DeLissavoy, N., Means, A., Saltman, K. J. (2014). Toward a new common school movement. New York: Routledge.

Saltman, K. J. (2014). The politics of education: a critical introduction. New York: Routledge.

Di Leo, J., Giroux, H., McClennan, S., & Saltman, K. J. (2014). Neoliberalism, education, terrorism. New York: Routledge.

Saltman, K. J. (2012). The failure of corporate school reform. New York: Routledge.

Saltman, K. J. (2010). The gift of education: public education and venture philanthropy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Saltman, K. J. (2007). Capitalizing on disaster: taking and breaking public schools. New York: Routledge.

Saltman, K. J. (2005). The edison schools: Corporate schooling and the assault on public education. New York: Routledge.

Saltman, K. J. (2000). Collateral damage: Corporatizing public schools—a threat to democracy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield

Saltman, K. J. (2020). AI and the technological turn of public school privatization: In defense of democratic education. London Review of Education 18(2), 196-208

Saltman, K. J. (2020). Salvational Super-Agents and Conspiratorial Secret Agents: Conspiracy, Theory, and Fantasies of Control. Symploke 28 (1-2), 51-63.

Saltman, K. J. (2017). The promise and realities of pay for success/social impact bonds. Education Policy Analysis Archives 25(59) DOI: 10.14507/epaa.25.2640.

Saltman, K. J. (2014). Neoliberalism and corporate school reform: “failure” and “creative destruction.” Review of Education, Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, 36 (4), 249-259

Saltman, K. J. (2010). Urban school decentralization and the growth of “portfolio districts.”  Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Policy. Retrieved from <>

Saltman, K. J. (2008). Capitalizing on disaster.  JAC, 28, 11-27.



PhD Pennsylvania State University Curriculum & Instruction 1999
MS Pennsylvania State University Curriculum & Instruction 1995
BA McGill University Philosophy 1991