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Dr F. Tony Carusi

Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies

Institute of Education

As a Senior Lecturer of Educational Studies in the Institute of Education, my background in social theory and philosophy informs my research and teaching interests in education theory and policy analysis. My work looks at the commonsensical, unquestioned routines and practices within the field of education, from pedagogy to policy-making, and the historically-situated, discursive processes whereby these routines and practices persist, particularly involving those processes that appear natural in spite of critical resistance efforts. 


Contact details

  • Ph: 0800 627 739 ext. 84316
    Location: Room CV 2.02, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Education policy

Sociology of Education

Educational Theory

Politics of Education

Rhetoric and Philosophy


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000):
Education Policy (160506):
Education Systems (130100):
History and Philosophy of Education (220202): History and Philosophy of Specific Fields (220200): History of Ideas (220209): History of Philosophy (220210): Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Policy and Administration (160500): Social Theory (160806): Sociology (160800): Sociology of Education (160809): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs


Carusi, FA. (2017). Why bother teaching? Despairing the ethical through teaching that does not follow. Studies in Philosophy and Education: an international quarterly. 36, 633-645
[Journal article]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, FT., Rawlins, P., & Ashton, K. (2018). The ontological politics of evidence and policy enablement. Journal of Education Policy. 33(3), 343-360
[Journal article]Authored by: Ashton, K., Carusi, F., Rawlins, P.
Carusi, FT. (2014). Book Review: C. Lubienski & Lubienski, S. (2014). The public school advantage: Why public schools outperform private schools. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 49(1)
[Book Review]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi Jr, FA. (2014). Lost in Conflation: Reorienting the Concept of Hegemony in Educational Studies. Critical Questions in Education. 5(1), 9-25 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, T. (2010). Reconsidering Common Sense: Vico and Education. Philosophy of Education Yearbook. , 168-176
[Journal article]Authored by: Carusi, F.


Carusi, FA. (2016). Social imaginaries and schooling. In . Michael A. Peters (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. (pp. 1 - 6). : Springer
[Chapter]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, FT. (2013). Dyst(r)opia: The Tropological Operations of Dystopia and Education Policy. In Dystopia and Education. (pp. 51 - 67). : Information Age Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Boyles, D., Carusi, T., & Attick, D. (2009). Historical and critical interpretations of social justice. In W. Ayers, T. Quinn, & D. Stovall (Eds.) Handbook of social justice in education. (pp. 30 - 42). : Taylor & Francis
[Chapter]Authored by: Carusi, F.


Carusi, FT. (2011). The Persistence of Policy: A Tropological Analysis of Contemporary Education Policy Discourse in the United States. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Carusi, F.


Rawlins, P., Ashton, K., Carusi, T., & Lewis, E. (2015). Investing in educational success: An investigation of the evidence base.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Ashton, K., Carusi, F., Rawlins, P.


Carusi, FA.What are teachers for? The politics of instrumentalism in education policy. . University of Gdansk
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, FA.Ironies of Enactment: Investing in Educational Success as a Limit Case for Policy Enactment. . Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, FA.The Ontological Turn in Education Policy Studies: Ontological Politics and Policy Ontology. . Warsaw, Poland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, FA.What Ethical Teaching? Why Bother?. . Warsaw, Poland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi, ., Wolgemuth, JR., Green, S., Agosto, V., Kearby, J., Riley, M., . . . Romano, J. (2015, April). "It'll Be More of the Same, Just Worse": Dystopian Future(s) of Education Assessment. Presented at American Educational Research Association. Chicago, Illinois, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi Jr, FA.Hegemonic Horizon/Queer Horizon: Politics of the Constitutive Outside.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi Jr, FA.From Part to Whole and Back Again: The Role of Synecdoche in the Persistence of Policy.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi Jr, FA. (2013, April). Dyst(r)opia: A Tropological Argument for Dystopia in Education. Presented at American Educational Research Association
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Backer, D., Biesta, G., Boyles, D., Carusi Jr, FA., Eastman, N., & Seltzer-Kelly, D. (2012, March). A Philosophy of Education Situated in the World. Presented at Philosophy of Education Society
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi Jr, FA., & Baez, B. (2012, February). The Political Right: Mourning, Melancholia, and the Death of the Public. Presented at 64th Southeast Philosophy of Education Society. University of Alabama, Birmingham.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carusi, F.
Carusi Jr, FA., & Seltzer-Kelly, D.It’s What, not How You Say It: ‘Accountability and Assessment,’ Now We Can Teach.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Carusi, F.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 3 0

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Timu Niwa - Doctor of Education
    Ma Wai Ke?: An Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study on Teacher Enactment of the Ka Hikitia Policy
  • Karen Anderson - Doctor of Philosophy
    To what extent can Bourdieu's Theory of Practice (1972) contribute to our understanding of secondary principal practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Anne-Marie O'Neill - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Politics of Curriculum Change in Aotearoa New Zealand

Media and Links


  • 30 Jan 2014 - Magazine
    The Listener
    Interview on NZ and US Education Policy

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