Dr. Michael O’Sullivan
Faculty of Education
Dr. Michael O’Sullivan
Associate Professor, EdD
Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Dr. O’Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Social Cultural Contexts of Education stream. He specializes in comparative, international and global education.
In addition to teaching in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities, he has worked professionally and held volunteer positions in community development projects and education in numerous Latin American countries.
His masters thesis was an analysis of the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende in Chile in the early 1970s and his doctoral thesis was on the efforts in post-conflict Guatemala of the Maya people to transform the national curriculum to reflect the contributions of the indigenous population to that country where they constitute 50% of the population. His current research interests include classroom teaching from a critical and global perspective; the impact of study abroad on Canadian students; the experience of Chinese students studying in Canada; Cuban youth and inter-generational change in Cuba; and citizenship in the global era.
In addition to his work at Brock University, Dr. O’Sullivan serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Pueblito Canada, a Canadian based NGO working in partnership on educational projects with local organizations in Central America. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Casa Canadiense, a Canadian based NGO which supports local teacher in taking high school students on intensive study abroad experiences in Nicaragua.
O’Sullivan, M., & Pashby, K. (Eds.). (2008). Global citizenship education: Canadian perspectives. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers B.V.
Chapters in Books
O’Sullivan, M. (forthcoming, Spring, 2011). Getting beyond flat-out bored: Creating a democratic space for social justice education. In D. Zyngier & P. Carr (Eds.) Can education make a difference? Experimenting with, and experiencing, democracy in education. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing
O’Sullivan, M. (forthcoming, Spring, 2011). Teaching China to the Chinese: Rich opportunity for critical reflection or neo-colonial conceit? In A. Abdi & Y. Hebert (Eds.) International education: Issues, intensifications and critiques. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing
O’Sullivan, M. (2010). Supporting Youth in the Pursuit of a Post Neoliberal Vision: Transitioning from Soft to Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Possibility. In D. Porfilio & P. Carr (Eds.) Youth Culture, Education and Resistance: Subverting the Commercial Ordering of Life. (pp 219 – 231). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
O’Sullivan, M. (2008). From the margins to the mainstream: critical pedagogies and global citizenship education in the era of globalization. In D. E. Lund & P. R. Carr (Eds.) Doing democracy and social justice in education. (pp 51 – 69). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
O’Sullivan, M., & Pashby, K. (2008). Citizenship education in the era of globalization: Canadian perspectives. In M.
O’Sullivan & K. Pashby (Eds.) Citizenship education in the era of globalization: Canadian perspectives. (pp 113–126). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
O’Sullivan, M. (2008). You can’t criticize what you don’t understand: Teachers as social change agents in neo liberal times. In M. O’Sullivan & K. Pashby (Eds.) Citizenship education in the era of globalization: Canadian perspectives. (pp 113–126). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
O’Sullivan, M. (2008). ICT and the infusion of social justice from a global perspective in the elementary classroom: A world of possibility. In J. A. Kentel & A. Short (Eds.). Totems and taboos: Risk and relevance in research on teachers and teaching. (pp 241 - 254). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Papers in Refereed Journals
O’Sullivan, (forthcoming, Fall, 2011). Cuban Youth and the 2010 Economic Reforms: Reinventing the imagined revolution. Accepted for publication by the International Journal of Cuban Studies 3(4).
Chaput, C. & O’Sullivan, M. (2010). Seeing Cuba through Canadian student eyes: Liberal discourse in a neoliberal world. Education and Society, 28(3).
O’Sullivan, M. & Guo, L. (2010). Critical thinking and Chinese international students: An east-west dialogue. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 5(2), 53 – 73.
O’Sullivan, M. (2010). Teacher education and educational reform forged in times of conflict: Guatemala and the case of the Mayan communities in exile in the 1980s and 1990s. Education and Society, 28(1), 93 – 107.
Chaput, C., O’Sullivan, M. & Arnold, C. (2010). Disrupting liberal discourse in a neoliberal world: The potential of transformative education during a short term study abroad course in Cuba. The International Journal for Development Education and Global Learning, 2(3) 25 – 43.
O’Sullivan, M. (2008). Educational reform and democratic practices in Guatemala: Lessons learned from the communities in exile. Revista Interamericana de Educación para la Democracia/Interamerican Journal of Education for Democracy, 1(2), pp 167 - 184
O’Sullivan, M., & Pashby, K. (2008). Citizenship education in the era of globalization: Canadian perspectives. Brock Education, 17, pp. iv-x
O’Sullivan, M. (2008). You can’t criticize what you don’t understand: Teachers as social change agents in neoliberal times. Brock Education 17(1), 95-110.
O’Sullivan, M., & Vetter, D. (2007). Teacher-initiated, student-centered global education in a K to 8 school. Journal of Teaching and Learning, 4(2), 13-28.
O’Sullivan, M. (2009). Educating for human rights and global citizenship. International Journal of Citizenship, Teaching and Learning, 5(2), pp 93 – 94.
O’Sullivan, M. (2008). Cuba’s economic advantage: Why students in Cuba do better in school. Brock Education 17, 113-117.
O’Sullivan, M. (2006). Educating for a sustainable future: indispensable resources.Brock Education, 16(1), 93-99.