Prof Sharon Todd

Education, Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy

Professor of Education

Maynooth University School of Education
(01) 708 3466


Professor of Education at Maynooth since 2014. Educated at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montréal, I have a BA in Art History (1987), Dip Ed in Later Childhood Education (1988), MA in Philosophy of Education (1992) and PhD in Humanities (1996). Previous appointments include Professor of Education with a focus on Internationalisation and Interculturalism at Stockholm University (2004-2014).  My interests over the course of my academic life have been interdisciplinary in nature, and I bring into conversation the humanities-based traditions of scholarship with a social science commitment to concrete change and analysis. I have benefited enormously, both personally and professionally, from living in different cultural contexts and how they shape educational policies and practices.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Todd, S (2022) 'Teaching as Bodily Enactment: Relational Formations of Touch and Movement'. Discourse-Studies In The Cultural Politics Of Education, 43 (5):433-448. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2022 Todd S. (2022) 'Guoping Zhao’s Subjectivity and Infinity: Questions for Education in Times of Climate Emergency'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 41 (5):579-582. [DOI]
2022 Todd S. (2022) 'Reframing Education Beyond the Bounds of Strong instrumentalism: Educational Practices, Sensory Experience, and Relational Aesthetics'. Educational Theory, . [DOI]
2021 Todd, S; Hoveid, MH; Langmann, E (2021) 'Educating the Senses: Explorations in Aesthetics, Embodiment and Sensory Pedagogy'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 40 :243-248. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Todd, S (2021) ''Landing on Earth:' an educational project for the present. A response to Vanessa Andreotti'. Ethics and Education, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Todd, S (2021) 'Education, Contact and the Vitality of Touch: Membranes, Morphologies, Movements'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 Todd, S (2020) 'Creating Aesthetic Encounters of the World, or Teaching in the Presence of Climate Sorrow'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 54 (3):1110-1125. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Todd S. (2018) 'Foreword: Special Issue on Narrative Inquiry'. Irish Educational Studies, 37 (2):149-151. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Todd S. (2018) 'Culturally reimagining education: Publicity, aesthetics and socially engaged art practice'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50 (10):970-980. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Todd S.; Jones R.; O'Donnell A. (2016) 'Introduction: Shifting education's philosophical imaginaries: relations, affects, bodies, materialities'. Gender and Education, 28 (2):187-194. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Todd S. (2016) 'Facing uncertainty in education: Beyond the harmonies of Eurovision education'. European Educational Research Journal, 15 (6):619-627. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Todd S. (2016) 'New ethical challenges within environmental and sustainability education: a response'. Environmental Education Research, :842-844. [DOI]
2016 Todd, Sharon (2016) 'Education Incarnate'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48 (4):405-417. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Todd, S (2015) 'Creating Transformative Spaces in Education: Facing Humanity, Facing Violence'. Paideusis-The Journal Of The Canadian Philosophy Of Education Society, 23 :53-61.
2015 Arvola A.; Todd S.; Wickman P. (2015) 'Becoming a woman and a man in secondary school practice'. Nordic Studies in Education, :233-250.
2015 Todd, S (2015) 'Experiencing Change, Encountering the Unknown: An Education in Negative Capability' in Light of Buddhism and Levinas'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 49 :240-254. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Sharon Todd (2014) 'Introduction to Passion, Commitment and Justice in Education'. Ethics and Education, 9 :39-41. [Full-Text]
2014 Sharon Todd (2014) 'Between Body and Spirit: The Liminality of Pedagogical Relationships'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 48 :231-245. [Full-Text]
2014 Sharon Todd (2014) '“A Subtle Pedagogy: A Response to Megan Laverty.”'. Ethics and Education, 9 :54-57. [Full-Text]
2011 Sharon Todd (2011) 'Educating Beyond Cultural Diversity: Redrawing the Boundaries of a Democratic Plurality'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 30 :101-111. [Full-Text]
2011 Sharon Todd (2011) '“Going to the Heart of the Matter'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 30 :507-512. [Full-Text]
2011 Todd, S. (2011) 'The 'Veiling' Question: On the Demand for Visibility in Communicative Encounters in Education'. Philosophy of Education, 2010 . [Full-Text]
2011 Sharon Todd (2011) '“Becoming Present in Context: the politics of the gap in educational transformation”'. European Journal of Education, 10 :363-366. [Full-Text]
2010 Sharon Todd (2010) '“Living in a World of Dissonance: Toward an Agonistic Cosmopolitics for Education.”'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 29 :213-228. [Full-Text]
2010 Sharon Todd (2010) '“Can There be Pluralism without Conflict?”'. Philosophy of Education, 2009 :51-59. [Full-Text]
2009 Sharon Todd (2009) '“Universality and the Daunting Task of Cultural Translation.”'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 43 :18-23. [Full-Text]
2009 Sharon Todd (2009) '“The Belated Time of Reading, or Inconsolable Ethics.”'. Philosophy of Education, 2008 :67-71. [Full-Text]
2008 Sharon Todd & Carl Anders Säfström (2008) '“Democracy, Education and Conflict: Rethinking Respect and the Place of the Ethical.”'. 3 (1). [Full-Text]
2007 Todd, S. (2007) 'On the Limits of Preparing for Democratic Living, or the Need for an Imperfect Education'. Utbildning & Demokrati, 27 (1):62-65.
2007 Sharon Todd (2007) '“Teachers Judging without Scripts, or Thinking Cosmopolitan.”'. Ethics and Education, 2 :25-38. [Full-Text]
2007 Sharon Todd (2007) '“Promoting a Just Education: Dilemmas of Rights, Freedom and Justice.”'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 39 :592-603. [Full-Text]
2006 Todd, S. (2006) 'Unveiling Cross-cultural Conflict: Gendered Cultural Practice in Polycultural Society'. Philosophy of Education, 2005 . [Full-Text]
2006 Todd, S. (2006) ''Like Travellers Navigating an Unknown Terrain': Seyla Benhabib on Rights and Borders of Belonging'. Utbildning & Demokrati, 15 (1):109-118. [Full-Text]
2005 Todd, S. (2005) 'What is the Use of the Teacher?'. Philosophy of Education, 2004 . [Full-Text]
2004 Todd, S. (2004) 'Teaching with Ignorance: Questions on Social Justice, Empathy and Responsible Community'. Interchange, 35 (4):337-352. [Full-Text]
2003 Todd, S. (2003) 'Listening as Attending to the Echo of the Otherwise: On Suffering, Justice and Education'. Philosophy of Education, 2002 :405-412. [Full-Text]
2003 Todd, S. (2003) 'A Fine Risk to be Run? The Ambiguity of Eros and Teacher Responsibility'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 22 (1):31-44. [Full-Text]
2003 Todd, S. (2003) 'Introduction: Levinas and the Question of Implication'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 22 (1):1-4. [Full-Text]
2002 Todd, S. (2002) 'Utbildning som Rättvisa Praktik'. Utbildning & Demokrati, .
2002 Todd, S. (2002) 'On Not Knowing the Other, or Learning from Levinas'. Philosophy of Education, 2001 . [Full-Text]
2001 Todd, S. (2001) ''Bringing More than I Contain': Ethics, Curriculum and the Pedagogical Demand for Altered Egos'. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 33 (4):431-450. [Full-Text]
2001 Todd, S. (2001) 'Guilt, Suffering and Responsibility'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35 (4):597-614. [Full-Text]


Year Publication
2016 Todd, S., R. Jones, A. O'Donnell (2016) Special Issue of Gender and Education: Shifting Education's Philosophical Imaginaries. London: T&F.
2015 Todd, Sharon Ergas, Oren (2015) Special Issue: Philosophy East/West: Exploring the Intersections between Educational and Contemplative Practices. Oxford: Journal of Philosophy of Education. [DOI]
2014 Morwenna Griffiths, Marit Honeid, Sharon Todd, Chris Winter, ed. (2014) Special Issue: Re-imagining Educational Relationships: Ethics, Politics, Practices. Oxford: Wiley.
2014 Sharon Todd (2014) Special Issue, Passion, Commitment and Justice in Education, Ethics in Education (9) 1.
2009 Sharon Todd (2009) Toward an Imperfect Education: Facing Humanity, Rethinking Cosmopolitanism. : Paradigm Publishers.
2003 Sharon Todd (2003) Special Issue, Emmanuel Levinas and Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, 22 (1).
2003 Sharon Todd (2003) Learning from the Other: Levinas, Psychoanalysis and Ethical Possibilities in Education. : State University of New York Press.
1998 Alice Pitt, Judith Robertson and Sharon Todd (1998) Special Issue, Psychoanalysis and Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.
1997 Sharon Todd (1997) Learning Desire: Perspectives on Pedagogy, Culture and the Unsaid. : Routledge.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2020 Todd, S (2020) 'Changing Cultures: Relationship and Sensibility in Education' In: Ethical Education: Toward an Ecology of Human Development. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. [DOI]
2020 Todd, S. (2020) 'Afterword; Looking Back, Moving Forward' In: Exploring Self: Expanding Toward Teaching, Teacher Education and Practitioner Research. on-line : Emerald.
2015 Griffiths, M; Hoveid, MH; Todd, S; Winter, C (2015) 'Re-Imagining Relationships in Education Ethics, Politics and Practices Introduction' In: RE-IMAGINING RELATIONSHIPS IN EDUCATION: ETHICS, POLITICS AND PRACTICES. OXFORD : BLACKWELL SCIENCE PUBL.
2014 Todd, S. (2014) 'Learning from and Living with Life's Rough Threads' In: Leaders in Philosophy of Education. Rotterdam : Sense Publishers.
2014 Todd, S. (2014) 'Pedagogy as Transformative Event: Becoming Singularly Present in Context' In: Kenneth Wain: My Teaching, My Philosophy - A Lifelong Engagement with Education. New York : Peter Lang.
2014 Todd S. (2014) 'Between Body and Spirit: The Liminality of Pedagogical Relationships' In: Re-Imagining Relationships in Education: Ethics, Politics and Practices. [DOI]
2012 Todd, S. (2012) 'Going to the Heart of the Matter' In: Making Sense in Education: Fifteen Contemporary Educational Theorists in Their Own Words. Dordrecht : Springer.
2009 Todd, S. (2009) ''She's not One of Us': Muslim Girls, Schooling and the Redefinition of Nation' In: Your Heritage and Mine: Teaching in a Multi-religious Classroom. Stockholm : Swedish Science Press.
2008 Todd, S. (2008) 'Welcoming and Difficult Learning: Reading Levinas with Education' In: Levinas and Education. London : Routledge.
2007 Todd, S. (2007) 'Ambiguities of Cosmopolitanism: Difference, Gender and the Right to Education' In: Education in the Era of Globalization. Dordrecht : Springer.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2015 Sharon Todd; Oren Ergas (Ed.). (2015) Philosophy East/West: Exploring Intersections between Contemplative and Educational Practices. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, [DOI]
2014 Griffiths M.;Hoveid M.;Todd S.;Winter C (Ed.). (2014) Re-Imagining Relationships in Education: Ethics, Politics and Practices. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, [DOI]


Year Publication
2021 Todd S.; Hoveid M.H.; Langmann E. (2021) Educating the Senses: Explorations in Aesthetics, Embodiment and Sensory Pedagogy. [Editorial] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Todd, S; Jones, R; O' Donnell, A (2016) Shifting education's philosophical imaginaries: relations, affects, bodies, materialities. ABINGDON: [Editorial] [DOI]
2014 Griffiths M.; Hoveid M.; Todd S.; Winter C. (2014) Introduction. [Editorial]
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