Bruce J. Biddle

University of Missouri

Bruce J. Biddle is Professor Emeritus of both Psychology and Sociology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he founded that university’s doctoral program in social psychology, founded (and for 30 years) served as director for its Center for Research in Social Behavior, and served as Founding Editor for the journal, Social Psychology of Education.  His long-term research and scholarly endeavors have involved work on role theory, the role of the teacher, classroom interaction, youth decision making, relations between social theory, social research, and policy making in advanced, industrial nations, and recent, fraudulent attacks on American public education—and he has published many articles and books on these topics, often co-authoring with talented colleagues. 

Long interested in the effects of national contexts on institutions, role expectations, and behaviors, he has also collaborated with scholars from the U.S. and other countries including Australia, France, new Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom on three major comparative studies   Educated at Antioch College, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Michigan (from which he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology), he has also held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas City, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University’s Teachers College, as well as three Australian campuses--the University of Queensland (in Brisbane), Monash University (in Melbourne), and The Australian National University (in Canberra). 

To date, his most influential books have been three monographs, The Study of Teaching (Holt, 1974, co-authored with Michael Dunkin), Role Theory: Expectations, Identities, and Behaviors (Academic Press, 1979), and The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools (Addison-Wesley-Longman, 1995, co-authored with David Berliner).  Recently he has been studying and writing about the massive, unforgivable amount of youth poverty tolerated in U.S. and the destructive effects of that poverty in American education, and copies of his just-completed book on that subject, The Unacknowledged Disaster: Youth Poverty and Educational Failure in America (Sense Publishers) should be available in time for the forthcoming 2014 AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

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