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

Areas of Expertise

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


James Trier joined the UNC School of Education faculty after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to that, he was a high school English teacher.


Trier’s most recent scholarly work is the book “Guy Debord, the Situationist International, and the Revolutionary Spirit.” Published in 2019, the book was recognized by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2020. This history of the Lettrist International and the Situationist International was preceded by his edited book “Détournement 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.