Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 1991 – Stanford University, Curriculum and Teacher Education
  • M.A. 1985 – Stanford University, Philosophy
  • M.A. 1982 – Stanford University, Curriculum and Teacher Education
  • A.B. 1964 – University of California, Berkeley, Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Social Theory in Education
  • Feminist Theory
  • Humanities Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Foundations


An educator for over 40 years, Stone taught social studies for 15 years in California after attending UC Berkeley. She earned master’s degrees in education and in philosophy as well as a Ph.D. at Stanford University. She taught at the University of New Hampshire, Michigan State University, and Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr Colleges. She was assistant professor for five years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu) before coming to UNC in 1993.


Stone’s research interests include poststructuralist perspectives, John Dewey, feminism, and curriculum issues. She has an emerging interest in social ethics; her working book title is Mirror for Our Ethics: Discourses on Youth, Schooling, and Philosophy, and she co-edits a new international book series, Contemporary Philosophers and Theories of Education in Springer.  Other recent work includes critical views of educational research, including topics such as rhetoric and methodology.

Stone has served as president of The John Dewey Society in the U.S., and has been elected and appointed positions in other philosophy and education organizations. She is also one of four American members of an international research group of philosophers and historians of education that meets yearly in Europe.