Dr. C. Ruitenberg

Dr. C. RuitenbergBio

Claudia Ruitenberg was born and raised in The Netherlands. She first came to Canada in 1987 to attend the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island, and returned in 2000 for doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University. She divides her time between Vancouver and Salt Spring Island.

She is a Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, a Faculty Associate of the UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and a member of the Steering Committee of Critical Studies in Sexuality.


Individual Research Interests

agonistic (i.e., conflict-oriented) conceptions of politics and democracy; ethics (including, but not limited to, Derrida’s ethics of hospitality); speech act theory and discursive performativity; philosophical research methods; questions of epistemological diversity in education; aesthetics and art education; gender and queer theory in education

I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • Philosophical approaches to educational questions, including (but not limited to) questions in the areas of ethics, political philosophy, and epistemology
  • Politics, democracy and citizenship in education
  • Philosophy of medical education
  • Queer theory and education; anti-homophobia education
  • Aesthetic theory and education; museum education; art interpretation and hermeneutics


Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University2005PhD

Selected Publications

Authored books

Ruitenberg, C. W. (in press). Unlocking the World: Education in an ethic of hospitality. Boulder, CO: Paradigm

Edited collections

Ruitenberg, C. W. (Ed.) (2012). Philosophy of education 2012. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Ruitenberg, C. W. & Phillips, D. C. (Eds.) (2012). Education, culture and epistemological diversity: Mapping a disputed terrain. New York: Springer.


Ruitenberg, C. W. (Ed.) (2010). What do philosophers of education do (and how do they do it)? Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book chapters

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2013). The double subjectification function of education: Reconsidering hospitality and democracy. In T. Szkudlarek (Ed.),Education and the political: New theoretical articulations (pp. 89-105). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense.

Ruitenberg, C. W. & Vokey, D. (2010). Equality and justice. In R. Bailey, R. Barrow, D. Carr, & C. McCarthy (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of philosophy of education. London: SAGE.

Selected refereed articles

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2014). Physicians in philosophy of education: From cameo appearance to leading role. In C. Mayo (ed.), Philosophy of education 2013 (pp. 146-154). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2014). Hospitable gestures in the university lecture: Analysing Derrida’s pedagogyJournal of Philosophy of Education, 48(1), 149-164.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2012). Learning by walking: Non-formal education as curatorial practice and intervention in public spaceInternational Journal of Lifelong Education, 31(3), 261-275.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2011). The empty chair: Education in an ethic of hospitality. In R. Kunzman (Ed.), Philosophy of education 2011 (pp. 28-36). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2011). The trouble with dispositions: A critical examination of personal beliefs, professional commitments and actual conduct in teacher educationEthics and Education, 6(1), 41-52. 

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2011). Learning to articulate: From ethical motivation to political demands. In G. Biesta (Ed.), Philosophy of education 2010 (pp. 372-380). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2010). Conflict, affect, and the political: On disagreement as democratic capacityIn Factis Pax, 4(1), 40–55.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2010). Queer politics in schools: A Rancièrean readingEducational Philosophy and Theory, 42(5-6), 618–34.

Ruitenberg, C.W. (2010). Giving place to unforeseeable learning: The inhospitality of outcomes-based education. In D. Kerdeman (Ed.),Philosophy of education 2009 (pp. 266-274). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2009). Educating political adversaries: Chantal Mouffe and radical democratic citizenship educationStudies in Philosophy and Education, 28(3), 269-281.

Ruitenberg, C. W. (2008). Discourse, theatrical performance, agency: The analytic force of “performativity” in education. In B. Stengel (Ed.),Philosophy of Education 2007 (pp. 260-268). Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.

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