• Ph.D. 2001 – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curriculum and Instruction

Areas of Expertise

  • English Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Popular Culture Representations of Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Media Literacy
  • The Situationist International


James Trier earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin and joined the faculty of UNC’s School of Education in 2001. He teaches a core course about critical social theory in the Culture, Curriculum, and Teacher Education program. In the Master of Arts in Teaching program, he teaches an English Methods course. In the Ed Minor program, he teaches courses on representations of education in popular culture, and a course on public pedagogy. Prior to entering UW’s doctoral program, he taught composition and literature courses at various colleges in and around Boston, and prior to that he had been a high school and middle school English teacher.


Trier’s most recent scholarly work is the book Guy Debord, the Situationist International, and the Revolutionary Spirit, published in 2019. This history of the Lettrist International and the Situationist International was preceded by his edited book Dètournement as Pedagogical Praxis, which won an American Educational Studies Association Critic’s Choice award in 2015. He has also written extensively about representations of education in popular culture.