Emeritus Professor Mike Cole
Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality
Centre for Educational Development & Research

Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality

Professor Mike Cole’s education qualifications include Certificate in Education; Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Hons.), Master of Arts; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). His main research areas are:

  • The relationship between Critical Race Theory and Marxism within educational theory
  • Racism and education
  • Marxism and educational theory
  • Twenty-first century socialism in Venezuela
  • Racism, including non-colour-coded racism

Before joining BG as Research Professor in Education and Equality and subsequently Head of Research and Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice, Professor Cole was a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Brighton.

Research Supervision

Professor Cole has supervised to successful completion a number of doctoral students (PhD and EdD).

Selected Publications since 2006:

Books

Cole, M. (ed.) (2006) Education Equality and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, ‘Race’, Sexuality, Disability, and Social Class, London: Routledge (2nd Edition; reprinted 2007, 2009)

Cole, M., Hill, D. and Rikowski, G. in discussion with Peter McLaren (2006) Kizil Tebesir Istanbul: Kalkedon Yayinlari (Turkish translation of Red Chalk: On Schooling, Capitalism and Politics, Brighton: Institute for Education Policy Studies (2001))

Cole, M. (2008) Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues, London: Routledge (2008)

Cole, M. (ed.) (2008) Professional Attributes and Practice for Student Teachers: Meeting the Standards, London: Routledge (4th Edition)

Cole, M. (2009) Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Response, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (ed.) (2009) Equality in the Secondary School: Promoting Good Practice Across the CurriculumLondon: Continuum (paperback edition 2011)

Cole, M. (2011) Racism and Education in the UK and the US: Towards a Socialist Alternative, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (ed) (2011) Education, Equality and Human Rights: : Issues of Gender, ‘Race’, Sexual Orientation, Disability, and Social Class, London: Routledge (3rd Edition)

Cole, M. (2012) Marxvaad aur Shaikshnik Sidhyant – Utpatti aur Mudde, Delhi: Granth Shilpi (translation of Cole, M. (2008) Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues, London: Routledge

Cole, M., Malott, C. W. and Elmore, J. M. (eds.) (2012) Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Motta, S. C. and Cole, M. (eds) (2013) Education and Social Change in Latin America, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Motta, S. C. and Cole, M. (forthcoming, 2014) Constructing twenty-first century socialism in Latin America: the role of radical education, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Motta, S. C. and Cole, M. (2014) Constructing twenty-first century socialism in Latin America: the role of radical education, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2015) Racism: a Critical Analysis, London: Pluto Press

Cole, M. (2016) Critical Race Theory and Education: a Marxist Response (2nd Edition) New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2016) New Developments in Critical Race Theory and Education: Revisiting Racialised Capitalism and Socialism in Austerity, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Newspaper Articles

Cole, M. (2014) ‘What is the best bloc for a 21st-century education system? ‘Times Higher Education 9-15 October

Cole, M. (2015) ‘One small step for humankind’, Huffington Post, 14 September

Journal articles

Cole, M. (2006) ‘”Looters and Thugs and Inert Women Doing Nothing”: Racialized Communities in Capitalist America and the Role of Higher Education’ Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 4 (1) [view article]

Cole, M. (2007) ‘Education in Contemporary Capitalism Britain: Actual and Potential’ Revista Colombiana De Educación 51

Cole, M. (2007) ‘Transmodernismo, Marxismo y Cambio Social: implicaciones para la formación docente’ Part 1 Revista Educacion Y Cultura 75 (Colombia)

Cole, M. (2007) ‘Transmodernismo, Marxismo y Cambio Social: implicaciones para la formación docente’ Part 2 Revista Educacion Y Cultura 76 (Colombia)

Cole, M. and Maisuria, A. (2007) ‘”Shut the f*** up”, “you have no rights here”: Critical Race Theory and Racialisation in post-7/7 racist Britain’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 5 (1) [view article]

Cole, M. (2008) ‘The working class and the State Apparatuses in the UK and Venezuela: implications for education’ EducationalFutures 1 (2)

Cole, M. (2008) ‘Learning without Limits: a Marxist Assessment’ Policy Futures in Education, 6 (4) (There is a Reply to this from Patrick Yarker and a Response from me in the same edition)

Cole, M. (2008) ‘Vers un Nouvel Esprit de la République de Maurice: teacher education and empowerment in the twenty-first century’ Journal of Education (Mauritius) 6 (1)

Cole, M. (2009) ‘Critical Race Theory Comes to the UK: a Marxist Critique’, Ethnicities 9 (2)

Cole, M. (2009) ‘The color-line and the class struggle: a Marxist response to Critical Race Theory in Education as it arrives in the UK’ Power and Education 1 (1)

Cole, M. (2009) ‘On “white supremacy” and caricaturing, misrepresenting and dismissing Marx and Marxism: a response to David Gillborn’s “Who’s afraid of critical race theory in education”‘, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 7 (1) April [view article]

Cole, M. (2009) ‘A plethora of “suitable enemies”: British racism at the dawn of the twenty-first century’, Ethnic and Racial Studies November

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Critical Race Theory in Education, Marxism and abstract racial domination’, British Journal of Sociology of Education 33 (2) March

Cole, M. (2012) ‘”Abolish the white race” or “transfer economic power to the people”? Some educational implications’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10 (2). [view article]

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Racism, the Left and Twenty-first-century Socialism: some observations on the Gur-Ze’ev/McLaren interchange’, Policy Futures in Education 11 (1). [view article]

McLaren, P. & Cole, M. (forthcoming 2013) ‘Searching for the Future in the Streets of Caracas’, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies.

Cole, M. (2014) ‘Schooling for capitalism or education for twenty-first century socialism?’, Cultural Logic

Cole, M. (2014) ‘Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism and Islamophobia – or Twenty-first-century Multicultural Socialism?’ Policy Futures in Education 12 (1), pp. 79-92

Cole, M. (2015) ‘Economic Reductionism, Formulaic Responses and Pushing Allies Away?’ Educational Theory 65 (3)

Non-refereed Journal Articles: Cole, M. (2014) ‘Comprehensive Education Bolivarian-style: the alternative school in Barrio Pueblo Neuvo, Venezuela, Forum 56 (1), pp. 123-132

Cole, M. and McLaren, P. (2014) ‘Capitalismo de austeridad / empobrecimiento: ¿qué podemos aprender del socialismo venezolano?, Iberoamérica Social: revista-red de estudios sociales’ 2 (2) May

McLaren, P. and Cole, M. (2014) ‘Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?’ Truthout June 11, 2014. Also published by http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10740

Cole, M. (2015) ‘Economic Reductionism, Formulaic Responses and Pushing Allies Away?’ Educational Theory 65 (3)

Cole, M. (2016) ‘Critical Race Theory: a Marxist Critique’ in Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, New York: Springer

Cole, M. (2016) ‘Marxism and Education’ or ‘Marxism and Educational Theory’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education forthcoming

Cole, M. (2016) ‘Imperialism and Racialised World Capitalism or Intercultural Twenty-First Century Socialism’, Knowledge Cultures 4 (6) forthcoming

Cole, M. (2016) ‘Now the Labour Party is Left-Driven, It Urgently Needs a Wide-Ranging Policy on Racism’, Huffington Post, 6 April.

Cole, M. (2016) ‘Why Educational Researchers Should Take on Board the Multifarious Nature of Racism in the UK’, BERA BLOG June 7

Contribution to Books

Cole, M. (2006) ‘Postmodernism, Transmodernism and the United States Empire: some educational implications’), in Hui-lan and S. Lee (Eds.) Critical Pedagogy: Explorations in Taiwan, Taipei, Psychological Publishing Co. Ltd (published in Chinese)

Cole, M. and Atkinson, E. (2007) Marxism, Postmodernism and Education: a dialogue, in A. Green, G. Rikowski and H. Raduntz (Eds.) Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education: Volume 1 – Openings, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2007) Neo-liberalism and Education: a Marxist critique of New Labour’s Five Year Strategy for Education, A. Green and G. Rikowski and H. Raduntz (Eds.) Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education: Volume 1 – Openings, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cole, M. (2008) Preface, in M. Cole (Ed) Professional Attributes and Practice for Student Teachers: meeting the standards, London, Routledge

Cole, M. (2008) ‘Introductory chapter: education and equality – conceptual and practical considerations’, in M. Cole (Ed) Professional Attributes and Practice for Student Teachers: meeting the standards, London, Routledge

Cole, M. (2008) Correspondence Theory, in G. McCulloch and D. Crook (Eds) International Encyclopedia of Education, London: Routledge

Cole, M. (2008) Antiracist Education, in G. McCulloch and D. Crook (Eds) International Encyclopedia of Education, London: Routledge

Cole, M. and Maisuria, A. (2008) ‘Racism in post 7/7 Britain: Critical Race Theory, Marxism and Empire: what is the role of education?’ in D. Kelsh, D. Hill and S. Macrine (eds.) Class in Education: Knowledge, Pedagogy, Subjectivity, New York: Routledge

Cole, M. (2008) Foreword in Woodfield, I. Senior secondary school teachers and the New Labour project in education. Ceredigion: The Edwin Mellen Press

Cole, M. (2009) ‘The State Apparatuses and the working class: experiences from the United Kingdom: educational lessons from Venezuela’, in D. Hill (ed.) Contesting Neoliberal Education: Public Resistance and Collective Advance. New York: Routledge

Cole, M. (2009) ‘Conceptual Issues for the Secondary/High School Teacher’ in M. Cole (ed.) Equality in the Secondary School: promoting good practice across the curriculum, London: Continuum

Cole, M. (2009) ‘Conceptual Issues for the Primary School Teacher’ in D. Hill and L. Helavarra Robertson and (eds.) Equality in the Secondary School: promoting good practice across the curriculum, London: Continuum

Cole, M. (2009) ‘An Education for the Future: CRT And Marxist Perspectives’ in A. Pilkington, S. Housee and K. Hylton and (eds.) Race(ing) Forward: transitions in theorising ‘race’ in education, Birmingham: C-SAP

Cole, M. (2011) ‘The CRT concept of “White Supremacy” as applied to the UK: eight major problematics and some educational implications in K. Hylton, A. Pilkington, P. Warmington and S. Housee (eds.) Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogues on Critical Race Theory, Birmingham: C-SAP

Cole, M. (2011) ‘Foreword’ in B. J. Porfilio and H. Hickman (eds.) Critical-Service Learning as a Revolutionary Pedagogy: An International Project of Student Agency in Action, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Twenty-first Century Socialism and Education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: an alternative to the neoliberal model’ in R. Kumar (ed) Education and the Reproduction of Capital: Neoliberal Knowledge and Counterstrategies, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Foreword’ in C. S. Malott, M. Cole and J. M. Elmore Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Marx, Marxism and (twenty-first century) socialism’ in C. S. Malott, M. Cole and J. M. Elmore Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Bell, S. and Cole, M. (2012) ‘Qualitative research for antiracism: a feminist approach informed by Marxism. in T. Kress, C. Malott, & B. Porfilio (eds) Challenging Status Quo Retrenchment: New Directions in Critical Research. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Education and Twenty-first Century Socialism: the Venezuelan Alternative to Neo-Liberal Capitalism’ in C.S. Malott, M. Cole and J.M. Elmore Teaching Marx Across the Curriculum: The Socialist Challenge, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Capitalist Crisis and Fascism: Issues for Educational Practice’, in D. R. Cole (ed) Surviving Economic Crises through Education, New York: Peter Lang

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Twenty- First- Century Socialism and Education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: an alternative to the neoliberal model’ in R. Kumar (ed) Education and the Reproduction of Capital: Neoliberal Knowledge and Counterstrategies, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2012) ‘Foreword’ in C. S. Malott, M. Cole and J. M. Elmore (eds) Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Marx, Marxism and (twenty-first century) socialism’ in C. S. Malott, M. Cole and J. M. Elmore Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Bell, S. and Cole, M. (2013) ‘Qualitative research for antiracism: a feminist approach informed by Marxism. in T. M. Kress, C. Malott, & B. Porfilio (eds) Challenging Status Quo Retrenchment: New Directions in Critical Research. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Education and Twenty-first Century Socialism: the Venezuelan Alternative to Neo-Liberal Capitalism’, in C. S. Malott, M. Cole and J. M. Elmore Teaching Marx Across the Curriculum: The Socialist Challenge Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Marxism’ in P.L. Mason (ed) Encyclopedia of Race and Racism Vol 3, 2nd Edition, Detroit: Macmillan, pp. 117-124

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Foreword: Critical Pedagogy and Twenty-First Century Socialism’ and ‘Kata Pengantar: Pedagogi Kritis dan Sosialisme Abad ke – 21’ (published in both English and Bahasa Indonesian), in R. Hidayat Pedagogi Kritis: Sejerah, Perkembangan dan Pemikiran, Jakarta: PT RajaGrafindo Persada

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Hugo Chávez, Social Democracy and Twenty-First-Century Socialism in Venezuela: an alternative to the neoliberal model’ in S. C. Motta and M. Cole (eds) Education and Social Change in Latin America, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2013) ‘Conclusion: The current crisis in capitalism and the role of education’ in S. C. Motta and M. Cole (eds) Education and Social Change in Latin America, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. & McLaren, P. (2013) ‘Foreword: Immiseration Capitalism or Twenty-first Century Socialism?’, in D. Hill et al Immiseration Capitalism and Education: activist resistance to neoliberal and neoconservative degradation. Brighton: Institute for Education Policy Studies.

Cole, M. (2014) ‘Racism and Antiracist Education’, in D. C. Phillips (ed) Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, London: Sage

Cole, M. (2014) ‘The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: Education and Twenty-First Century Socialism’, in S. C. Motta and M. Cole Constructing twenty-first century socialism in Latin America: the role of radical education, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2014) ‘The Alternative School of Community Organization and Communicational Development, Barrio Pueblo Neuvo, Merida, Venezuela’, in S. C. Motta and M. Cole Constructing twenty-first century socialism in Latin America: the role of radical education, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2015) Foreword to P. Orelus Race, Power and the Obama Legacy, New York: Routledge

Cole, M. (2015) ‘Building community engagement into Higher Education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’, in S. Brown Learning, teaching and assessment in higher education: global perspectives, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Cole, M. (2015) ‘Power and Education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’ in A. Kupfer (ed) Power and Education: Contexts of Oppression and Opportunity’, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Professor Cole’s work has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, German, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Mauritian Kreol, Spanish and Turkish.

Selected papers to conferences since 2006:

2006

‘Globalization, Neo-Liberalism and Environmental Destruction and United States Imperialism: Origins and Issues’ Bolivarian University of Venezuela, Caracas.

‘Racism in Contemporary Britain and Marxist theory and socialist practice’, Bolivarian University of Venezuela, Caracas.

‘Education in contemporary capitalism: actuality and potential’, Bolivarian University of Venezuela, Caracas.

‘Socialism and Marxist Theory and Common Objections to Marxism and a Marxist Response’, School of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

‘Poststructuralism and Postmodernism in Educational Theory and Social Change and Social Justice: a Marxist Critique’, School of Education, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

‘Contemporary Capitalism: Commodification, Surveillance and Resistance in Education’, National Pedagogical University, Bogota, Colombia

‘Transmodernism in Contemporary Educational Theory’, Pedagogical University of Bogota, Colombia

‘Education in Britain: some political considerations’, Federación Colombiana de Educadores, Bogota, Colombia

‘Capitalism, Social Class and Marxism: Some Educational Implications’, Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford

2007

‘Racism in Britain today: some educational implications’, Mauritius Institute of Education.

‘Fourteen Objections to Marxism and a Marxist Response’ Keynote Address to the IV Ciclo de Conferências Políticas Educativas e Curriculares – Abordagens Críticas e Pós-Estruturais Marxismo E Educação Repensar a Educação Pública – Democracia e Justiça Social Universidade do Minho – Instituto de Educação e Psicologia, Minho, Portugal, 4 – 6 June

‘Production, consumption and the working class: experiences from the UK; educational lessons from Venezuela’, Keynote Address to the British Education Studies Association Annual Conference: Alternative Visions of Education, Bath Spa University, July 6-7th

‘Critical Race Theory, White Supremacy and “Race” Over Class: a Marxist Critique’ to a Cardiff University Inter-School Conference, organised by the School of European Studies, November 15th –16th

2008

‘Vers un Nouvel Esprit de la République de Maurice: teacher education and empowerment in twenty-first century Mauritius’ at an international conference, entitled Education And Knowledge-Based Economies: Learner Empowerment In Small Island States, April 10th –12th at the Mauritius Institute of Education

‘Education and equality – conceptual and practical considerations for teacher education’, lecture given at the National Institute of Education, Mahé, Seychelles, 14th April

2009

‘The Colour-Line and the Class Struggle: a Marxist Response to Critical Race Theory in Education as it Arrives in the UK’ to the Race in the Modern World 2009 conference, organized by Goldsmiths College and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust at Goldsmiths College, University of London on 2nd April

Panel member (with Doreen Lawrence and Professor Bryan Cheyette) at the final Plenary session of the Race in the Modern World 2009 conference on 3rd April

The Colour-Line and the Class Struggle: a Marxist Response to Critical Race Theory in Education as it Arrives in the UK’ to the annual Discourse Power and Resistance conference at Manchester Metropolitan University on 7th April

‘The color-line and the class struggle: a Marxist response to Critical Race Theory in education’ to staff and students from the School of Law and elsewhere, organised by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic at the University of Seattle on 13 April

‘The color-line and the class struggle: a Marxist response to Critical Race Theory in education’, Keynote Address to the Marxian Analysis of Schools and Society annual meeting at AERA in San Diego, with the theme of Marxian Analysis of Schools and Society in an Age of Neoliberal Farce on 14th April

‘Discrimination Racial Y Lucha De Clases’ at the Universidad De Tijuana on 15th April

‘The concept of “white supremacy” as applied to the UK: ten major analytical and practical problematics, and some educational considerations’ at the Higher Education Academy/C-SAP conference, Critical Race Theory in the UK: what is to be learnt? What is to be done? at the Institute of Education, University of London, 25th – 26th June

‘A Plethora of “suitable enemies”: British racism at the dawn of the twenty-first century’ at the Graduate School of Politics, Hosei University Tokyo, Japan, 12th September

‘The Colour-Line and the Class Struggle: a Marxist Response to Critical Race Theory in Education as It Arrives in the UK’ at the Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan, 15th September

‘Racism, schooling and education in the UK: a neo-Marxist analysis’, Keynote Address to the London International Conference on Education (LICE-2009) Customs House Hotel, Docklands, London, 9th –12th November.

2010

‘The Bolivarian Revolution, twenty-first century socialism and counter-hegemonic education in Venezuela’ Keynote Address to the World International Conference on Education ‘Higher Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Futurism’, the only foreign keynote speaker, on the platform with three Jordanian government ministers, under the Patronage of the H.R.H Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad the Personal Envoy of H.M the King and Special Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, 19th May.

‘Critical Race Theory and Education’ to faculty and graduate and undergraduate students at the Bosphorus University, Istanbul, 25th May.

‘Racism in the UK’ to faculty and graduate and undergraduate students at the Bosphorus University, Istanbul, 25th May.

‘The Bolivarian Revolution, Twenty-first Century Socialism and Counter-hegemonic Education in Venezuela’ to Marxism and Education: renewing dialogues xiii: Latin America and Education, Latin America and Education, Institute of Education, University of London 24th July

‘Racism and Education in the UK and the US: Towards a Socialist Alternative’ Keynote Address to the 3rd Encuentro Internacional del Pensamiento Critico: Volver a Marx – Marxismo y Educacion Popular, Morelia, Mexico, 9-11 December. I also took part in round table discussions at the conference, and attended a press conference to talk about student protest in the UK

2011

‘Racism and Education in the UK and the US: Towards a Socialist Alternative’ to postgraduate students and staff at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada, 1 March

‘Critical Race Theory and racism and education in the UK and the US: the Socialist Alternative’ to PhD students at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 3 March

‘Twenty-first century socialism and education in Venezuela’, a public lecture at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 3 March

‘Delivering Free Education for all: higher education in Venezuela’ to the national conference, Venezuela – defending the majority, not punishing the poorest, 16 April, Conway Hall, London.

‘Racism and Education in the UK and the US: Towards a Socialist Alternative’ to Postgraduate Institute for Development Studies, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (CIDES-UMSA), La Paz, 25th April

Keynote Address entitled, ‘Marx, Marxism and (twenty-first) century socialism’ to Critical Theory In the Twenty First Century: A Conference of Transformative Pedagogies, West Chester University of Pennsylvania on 19th November

2012

‘Critical Race Theory or twenty-first century socialism?: some educational considerations’, to Race 10.11.12, University of Winchester on 10th November