Ronald David Glass, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the U.C. Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (, a University of California multi-campus research program initiative. He also serves as an Acting Associate Director of the Data and Democracy Initiative of the U.C. Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society (;

Dr. Glass focuses his work on education as a practice of freedom and on ideological (trans)formation, giving particular attention to the role of education in developing a just, pluralistic democracy. He also investigates school reform in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities, and his book with Pia Lindquist Wong examines a six-year project that linked school reform in such communities with the transformation of teacher preparation: Prioritizing Urban Children, Teachers, and Schools through Professional Development Schools. Dr. Glass has published essays in leading journals, contributed chapters to a number of edited books, and presented papers at many regional, national and international conferences, including as the keynote speaker. He has provided consultation on program development and evaluation, educational reform, and institutional strategic planning for a variety of organizations, schools, districts, and universities. Prior to being on university faculties, Dr. Glass directed the San Francisco-based Adult Education Development Project, and collaborated with Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, the world-renowned educators for democracy.

Dr. Glass is the recipient of numerous honors, including: the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teaching Award; the Arizona State University Excellence in Diversity Award and the Dondrell Swanson Advocate for Social Justice Award; and, the City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King, Jr., Living the Dream Award. He delivered the sixth Francis T. Villemain Memorial Lecture in Democracy, Education and Moral Life, published subsequently in Studies in Philosophy and Education and reprinted in Education, Democracy, and the Moral Life [S. Verducci, M. Katz, G. Biesta (Eds)].

Dr. Glass received a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education and an M.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University, a C.Phil. in Philosophy of Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. and an A.B. with honors in History and Science from Harvard University.