Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice,
Chair and Director of Teacher Education
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. Claremont Graduate School; M.A. University of Toronto, B.A. Lake Forest College
Professor Epstein teaches EDUC 225 (Education and Social Justice), EDUC 492 (Student Teaching: Secondary Social Science), EDUC 373, Education and International Development, and IS 222/322 (International Human Rights: An Introduction). In addition to chairing the Educational Studies department, he serves as a director of the IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. Irv has strong interests in comparative and international education, globalization, youth studies and children’s rights issues and has taught in Los Angeles, Australia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He is a co-editor of the New Directions in Comparative Education book series, published by Bloomsbury Academic, and is a longstanding member of the Comparative and International Education Society, where he has served as a board member and chair of numerous committees. For ten years, Irv served as an associate editor of the Comparative Education Review, and for six years, he was co-editor of the ASIANetwork Exchange. Irv is currently a member of the Scholars at Risk advisory board, an organization of over five hundred universities around the world, dedicated to the global protection of scholars while pursuing academic freedom advocacy. Having published four books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters, his most recent book is The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age (Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education, Rotterdam: Sense Publishing, 2015). He is currently working on a new book, Affect Theory and Comparative Education Discourse: An Examination of Fear and Loathing within Global Educational Policy and Practice, which he hopes to complete in 2018.