Before he was appointed Dean of the Farrington College of Education, Jim Carl served
on the faculty of education at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio and as
chair of the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at Cleveland State University in
Cleveland, Ohio. Carl also has experience teaching social studies at a public high school
in New Hampshire, and he also taught adolescents at a residential treatment center, also
in New Hampshire. 

He is most interested in the history and politics of urban education in the post-World
War II era and the nineteenth and twentieth century origins of mass schooling in North
American, European, and Asian contexts. His interest in urban education reform movements
in the aftermath of Brown v. Board resulted in numerous publications on school vouchers,
mayoral control, and parental choice; among them a book entitled Freedom of Choice:
Vouchers in American Education (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011). More recently, he has
developed an interest in the explosive growth of mass schooling and higher education in

In addition to his four children and their various interests, Carl enjoys cycling and



"Good Politics Is Good Government": The Troubling History of Mayoral Control of the Public Schools in Twentieth-century Chicago, American Journal of Education (2009)

This article looks at urban education through the vantage point of Chicago's mayors. It begins...



Free Marketeers, Policy Wonks, and Yankee Democracy: School Vouchers in New Hampshire, 1973-1976, Education Faculty Publications (2008)

In this article, Jim Carl uses archival sources and interviews to chronicle the effort to...




Freedom of Choice: Vouchers in American Education, Education Faculty Publications (2011)

This book reveals that, far from being the result of a groundswell of support for...


Book Reviews


Our Friend “The Enemy”: Elite Education in Britain and Germany before World War I (Book Review), Education Faculty Publications (2009)

The article reviews the book "Our Friend “The Enemy”: Elite Education in Britain and Germany...



Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education, Comparative Education Review (2006)

The article reviews the book "Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education," edited by Anne Hickling-Hudson, Julie...