Alex J. Armonda, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He completed his doctorate in the Cultural Studies in Education program at The University of Texas at Austin in June 2022. A former 8th-grade language arts teacher from Chicago, Illinois, Alex teaches undergraduate courses on the social foundations of education, restorative justice practices, and elementary teaching practices. He also serves as a cohort coordinator in the elementary teaching program. Alex received his Master's in Teaching from Dominican University in 2017 and his B.A. in English from the University of Iowa in 2013.
Alex's research examines the Freirean tradition of critical pedagogical thought through psychoanalytic, decolonial, feminist and poststructural lenses. His dissertation project, "In Freire more than Freire: Towards a new psychoanalytic foundation for critical pedagogy," combines philosophical and qualitative analysis in an effort to reframe Freire's problem-posing model as a trauma-informed method, one that links critical social inquiry to the exploration of unconscious knowledge. Alex's dissertation work received the 2021 Taylor & Francis Past Presidents' Award for Outstanding Graduate Research from the American Educational Studies Association.
Alex's research has appeared in notable outlets, including Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Educational Philosophy and Theory, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies and The Routledge Handbook to Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education.