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Richard V. Kahn, PhD

Antioch University Online

Richard Kahn is Core Faculty in Education at Antioch University, where he oversees, teaches, and advises for the Master’s in Education, Leadership and Change degree program. He recently completed a three-year term as an elected member of the Executive Council for the American Educational Studies Association, and as a Board Member of the organization’s prestigious journal, Educational Studies. He serves on numerous other journal editorial boards, and has previously served as Co-Editor of Issues in Teacher Education, for the California Council on Teacher Education; as Editor of Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy; and as Book Review Editor for the Journal for Critical Animal Studies (a journal and field he helped to found). He is also the Founding Editor of The International Journal of Illich Studies. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of four recent books, including:

  • the award-winning Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis: The Ecopedagogy Movement (Peter Lang, 2010), which has received a new Chinese translation in 2013, and a Korean translation, 2015;
  • Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthuman Age (Palgrave, 2010), which is blurbed by Michael Hardt and is considered a foundational text in education theorizing the political valences of posthumanism for pedagogy;
  • The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination (Lexington Books, 2011), that includes chapters from authors such as Noam Chomsky, Andrea Smith, Vandana Shiva, Ward Churchill, Carl Boggs, Toby Miller, Cary Nelson, and Peter McLaren; and
  • Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts (Sense, 2012), that champions the reconstruction of the academy through a reinvigorated and radicalized educational movement for “humanitas” and which includes new work from noted figures such as Bill McKibben, David Greenwood, Timothy Luke, and Greta Gaard. The last two books won AESA Critics Choice Book Awards in 2013.

Working primarily within the traditions of critical theory and critical pedagogy, Kahn’s abiding scholarly interest is in researching the history of social movements as pedagogically generative forces in society, especially as they take the form of a worldwide movement of movements, and then also in critically challenging the role dominant institutions and ideology play in blocking people from teaching and learning in ways that might contribute to the realization of greater planetary freedom, community peace, and happiness-in-diversity.

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Educational History

  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education, with a Specialization in Philosophical and Historical Studies in Education
    conferred 2007 – Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. University of California, Los Angeles.
    Dissertation: The Ecopedagogy Movement: From Global Ecological Crisis to Cosmological, Technological and Organizational Transformation in Education.
  • Ph.D. Program in Philosophy, Cosmology & Consciousness
    1999 – 2000 – California Institute of Integral Studies.
  • Master of Arts in Education; conferred 1999 – Pepperdine University.
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Arts; conferred 1994 – St. John’s College.
  • Baccalaureate in Philosophy; conferred 1993 – Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

(titles listed as “forthcoming” are under contract and in production)

I. BOOKS

  • 2018 Ecopedagogy: Educating for Sustainability in Schools and Society – New York:
    Routledge, under contract.
  • 2012 (with Samuel Fassbinder, Anthony J. Nocella, II, eds.) Greening the Academy:
    Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts – The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

    • American Educational Studies Association, 2013 Critics Choice Book Award.
  • 2011 (with Steven Best, Anthony J. Nocella, II, Peter McLaren, eds.) The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination – Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
    American Educational Studies Association, 2013 Critics Choice Book Award.
  • 2010 (with Tyson Lewis) Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthuman Age – New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2010 Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis: The Ecopedagogy Movement – New York: Peter Lang Publishers.
    • Korean Translation, 2016, Seoul: Whale Story Press.
    • Chinese Translation, 2013, Beijing: Higher Ed. Press (trans. Dr. Bo Li).
    • American Educational Studies Association, 2010 Critics Choice Book Award.
    • Nominated, 2012 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
  • 2006 (with Anna Kozlowska) The Use of Information-Communication Technologies in Creative Teaching – Warsaw, Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.

II. JOURNALS & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • 2013 (with Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozuh, J. Cynthia McDermott, eds.) Modern Approaches to Social and Educational Research, Los Angeles: Department of Education, Antioch University Los Angeles.
  • 2011 (with J. Cynthia McDermott & Amantius Akimjak, eds.) Democratic Access to Education, Los Angeles: Department of Education, Antioch University Los Angeles.
    (with Alison Kington & Anna Kozuh, eds.) Educational Studies and School, Los Angeles: Department of Education, Antioch University Los Angeles.
  • 2009 Editor, Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy (Vol. 5, No. 1).
    (with Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozlowska, Alison Kington, Jasna Mazgon, eds.) The Role of Theory and Research in Educational Practice – Warsaw, Poland and Grand Forks: Rodn “WOM” Publishers and the College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota.
    (with Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozlowska, eds.) The Practical Science of Society – Warsaw, Poland, and Grand Forks: Rodn “WOM” Publishers and the College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota.
  • 2008 Editor, Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy (Vol. 4, Nos. 1 & 2).
  • 2007 (with Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozlowska, and Wilhelm Wolze, eds.) New Paradigms and
    Methods in Educational and Social Research – Warsaw, Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.
    (with Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozlowska, Peter Krope, eds.) Description and Explanation in Educational and Social Research – Warsaw, Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.
  • 2004 (with Boris Kozuh and Anna Kozlowska, eds.) Theory, Facts, and Interpretation in
    Educational and Social Research – Warsaw, Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.

III. INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS

  • 2017 (with Toby Rollo, Cynthia McDermott and Fred Chapel) Critical Pedagogy, Democratic Praxis and AdultismRoutledge Handbook of Critical Pedagogies, Shirley Steinberg (ed.), Routledge, forthcoming.
  • 2015 AfterwordThe Educational Significance of Human and Non-Human Animal Interactions: Blurring the Species Line, Suzanne Rice & A. G. Rud (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2013 (with Douglas Kellner) Reconstructing Technoliteracies: A Multiple Literacies ApproachDefining Technological Literacy: Towards an Epistemological Framework (2nd ed.), John Dakers (ed.), Palgrave. (new version of essay)
  • 2012 AfterwordOccupy Education: Teaching and Learning Sustainability, Tina Evans, Peter Lang Publishers.
  • 2011 Technoliteracy at the Sustainability Crossroads: Posing Ecopedagogical Problems for Digital Literacy FrameworksLearning the Virtual Life: Public Pedagogy in Digital World, Peter Trifonas (ed.), Routledge.
    ForewordCurriculum Studies Gone Wild: Bioregional Education and the Scholarship of Sustainability, Nathan Hensley, Peter Lang Publishers.
    Towards an Animal Standpoint: Vegan Education and the Epistemology of IgnoranceEpistemologies of Ignorance and the Studies of Limits in Education, Erik Malewski and Nathalia Jaramillo (eds.), Information Age Publishing.
  • 2011 For a Multiple-Armed Love: Ecopedagogy for a Posthuman AgeCritical Pedagogy in the 21st Century, Curry Malott and Brad Porfilio (eds.), Information Age Publishing.
  • 2010 Operation Get Fired: A Chronicle of the Academic Repression of Radical Environmentalist and Animal Rights Advocate-ScholarsAcademic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex, Steven Best, Anthony J. Nocella and Peter McLaren (eds.), AK Press.
    Theorizing a New Paradigm of Ecopedagogy Through Teachers’ Emancipatory PracticesResearch of Educational Practice, Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozlowska, Mojca Sebart, Jasna Mazgon (eds.), Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.
  • 2009 Producing Crisis: Green Consumerism as an Ecopedagogical IssueCritical Pedagogies of Consumption: Living and Learning Beyond the “Shopocalypse”, Jenny Sandlin and Peter McLaren (eds.), Routledge.
    Anarchic Epimetheanism: The Pedagogy of Ivan IllichContemporary Anarchist Studies, Randall Amster, Luis Fernandez, Anthony J. Nocella, II and Abraham Deleon (eds.), Routledge.
    Education as Meat Market: Towards Vegan Action ResearchPractical Science (In Educational and Social Sciences), Boris Kozuh, Richard Kahn, Anna Kozlowska, Alison Kington, Jasna Mazgon (eds.), College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota.
  • 2008 Towards a Marcusian EcopedagogyMarcuse’s Challenge to Education, Douglas Kellner, Tyson Lewis, Clayton Pierce and Daniel Cho (eds.), Rowman & Littlefield.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Paulo Freire and Ivan Illich: Reconstructing Education with TechnologySocial Justice Education for Teachers: Paulo Freire and the Possible Dream, Carlos Torres and Pedro Noguera (eds.), Sense Publishers.
    Towards Ecopedagogy: Weaving a Broad-based Pedagogy of Liberation for Animals, Nature and the Oppressed People of the EarthThe Critical Pedagogy Reader (2nd. Ed.), Antonia Darder, Marta Baltodano and Rodolfo Torres (eds.), Routledge (new version of essay).
    (with Douglas Kellner) Technopolitics, Blogs, and Emergent Media Ecologies: A Critical/Reconstructive ApproachSmall Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools, Byron Hawk, David Riedler and Ollie Oviedo (eds.), University of Minnesota Press.
  • 2007 Toward a Critique of Paideia and Humanitas: (Mis)Education and the Global Ecological CrisisEducation in the Era of Globalization, Ilan Gur Ze’ev and Klas Roth (eds.), Springer.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Resisting GlobalizationThe Blackwell Companion to Globalization, George Ritzer (ed.), Blackwell Publishers.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Technopolitics and Oppositional MediaThe Cybercultures Reader (2nd ed.), David Bell (ed.), Routledge.
    The Potential Disaster of Education for Sustainable DevelopmentEducation and the Politics of Disaster, Kenneth Saltman (ed.), Routledge.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Technopolitics and Radical DemocracyRadical Democracy and the Internet, Lincoln Dahlberg and Eugenia Siapera (eds.), Palgrave.
  • 2006 Research into Critical Media Pedagogy as a Cultural StudyDescription and Explanation in Educational and Social Research, Boris Kozuh, Richard Kahn, Anna Kozlowska and Peter Krope (eds.), Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Reconstructing Technoliteracy: A Multiple Literacies ApproachDefining Technological Literacy: Towards an Epistemological Framework, John Dakers (ed.), Palgrave.
    Radical Ecology, Repressive Tolerance, and ZoöcideIgniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth, Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, II (eds.), AK Press.
  • 2005 (with Douglas Kellner) New Media, Post-Subcultures and TechnopoliticsMedia and Cultural Studies: Keyworks, Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas Kellner (eds.), Blackwell Publishers.
  • 2004 Know Sweat: Defending an Indigenous Practice as Scientific ResearchThe Role of Theories, Facts, and Interpretation in Educational and Social Research, Boris Kozuh, Richard Kahn and Anna Kozlowska (eds.), Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Internet Subcultures and Political ActivismCultural Studies: From Theory to Action, Pepi Leistyna (ed.), Blackwell Publishers.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Virtually Democratic: On-line Communities and Internet ActivismCommunity in the Digital Age, Darin Barney and Andrew Feenberg (eds.), Rowman & Littlefield.
    Towards EcopedagogyLifelong Citizenship Learning, Participatory Democracy and Social Change, Karsten Mundel and Daniel Schugurensky (eds.), OISE/University of Toronto.
  • 2003 (with Douglas Kellner) New Media, Internet Activism, and BloggingThe Relationship Between Theory and Practice in Educational Research, Boris Kozuh, Anna Kozlowska, Alica Itati Palermo (eds.), Poland: Rodn “WOM” Publishers.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Internet Subcultures and Oppositional PoliticsThe Post-Subcultures Reader, David Muggleton (ed.), Berg Publishers.

IV. REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • 2016 A Movement for Ecopedagogy: Some Thoughts on the Work Today – Tljdschrift Voor Orthopedagogiek, Vol. 55.
  • 2015 Reconstruindo a tecnoliteracia: uma abordagem de múltiplas literacias – Comunicação & Educação, Vol. 20, No. 2.
  • 2013 (with Rebecca Martusewicz and Jeff Edmundson) On Membership, Humility, and Pedagogical Responsibilities: A Correspondence on the Work of Wendell BerryThe Midwest Educational Research Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3.
  • 2010 Love Hurts: Ecopedagogy Between Avatars and ElegiesTeacher Education Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 4.
  • 2009 Critical Pedagogy Taking the Illich TurnThe International Journal of Illich Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1.
    (with Jenny Sandlin, David Darts & Kevin Tavin) To Find the Cost of Freedom: Theorizing and Practicing a Critical Pedagogy of ConsumptionJournal of Critical Educational Policy Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2.
    (with Brandy Humes) Marching Out From Ultima Thule: Critical Counterstories of Emancipatory Educators Working at the Intersection of Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Planetary SustainabilityCanadian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 14.
    (with Tyson Lewis) Exopedagogies and the Utopian Imagination: A Case Study in Faery SubculturesTheory & Event, Vol. 12, No.2.
  • 2008 Diasporic Counter-Education: The Need to Fertile-Eyes the FieldStudies in Philosophy and Education. Vol. 27, No. 5.
    From Education for Sustainable Development to Ecopedagogy: Sustaining Capitalism or Sustaining Life?Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy, Vol. 4, No. 1.
  • 2007 (with Douglas Kellner) Paulo Freire and Ivan Illich: Technology, Politics and the Reconstruction of EducationPolicy Futures in Education, Vol. 5, No. 4.
  • 2006 The Educative Potential of Ecological Militancy in an Age of Big Oil: Towards a Marcusean EcopedagogyPolicy Futures in Education, Vol. 4, No. 1.
  • 2005 From Herbert Marcuse to the Earth Liberation Front: Considerations for Revolutionary EcopedagogyGreen Theory and Praxis, Vol. 1, No. 1.
  • 2005 (with Douglas Kellner) Reconstructing Technoliteracy: A Multiple Literacies ApproachE-Learning, Vol 2. No. 3.
    Reconsidering Zoë and Bios: A Brief Comment on Nathan Snaza’s ‘(Im)possible Witness’ and Kathy Guillermo’s ‘Response’Journal of Critical Animal Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1.
    How the West was One? The American Frontier and the Rise of a Global Internet ImaginaryInterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2.
    (with Tyson Lewis) The Reptoid Hypothesis: Utopian and Dystopian Representional Motifs in Contemporary Alien Conspiracy TheoryUtopian Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2.
    (with Douglas Kellner) Oppositional Politics and the Internet: A Critical/Reconstructive ApproachCultural Politics, Vol 1. No. 1.
  • 2004 (with Steven Best) Trial By Fire: The SHAC7, Globalization and the Future of DemocracyJournal of Critical Animal Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2.
    (with Douglas Kellner) New Media and Internet Activism: From the ‘Battle of Seattle’ to BloggingNew Media & Society, Vol. 6, No. 1.
    (with Anthony J. Nocella II) Listen to Us!: A Dialogue with Lawrence Sampson of the American Indian MovementJournal of Critical Animal Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2.
  • 2003 Towards Ecopedagogy: Weaving a Broad-based Pedagogy of Liberation for Animals, Nature, and the Oppressed People of the EarthJournal of Critical Animal Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1.
  • 2002 Paulo Freire and Eco-Justice: Updating Pedagogy of the Oppressed for the Age of Ecological CalamityFreire Online Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1.
  • 2001 The Means of ResistanceTeaching to Change LA, Vol 1, No. 2.

V. ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES and BOOK REVIEWS

  • 2012 Environmental Activism in MusicMusic in American Life: The Songs, Stories, Styles, and Stars that Shaped Our Culture, Jacqueline Edmondson (ed.), ABC-CLIO. (invited)
    GlobophiliaEncyclopedia of Globalization, George Ritzer (ed.). London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. (invited)
  • 2009 Review of Peter McLaren, Education, and the Struggle for Liberation, Mustafa Eryaman (ed.),  Hampton Press – Power and Education, Vol. 1, No. 3. (invited)
    C. A. BowersPhilosophy of Education: Modern and Contemporary Ideas at Play, J. Grinberg, T. Lewis, & M. Laverty (eds.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers.
  • 2008 Entries for Joe Kincheloe, Paulo Freire, Peter McLaren, TechnoliteracyEncyclopedia of Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, Eugene Provezno (ed.), Sage Publications. (invited)
    Review of Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire: Toward a New Humanism, Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo, Sense Publishers – Journal of Educational Controversy, Vol. 3, No. 1. (invited)
    Review of Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools, Kenneth Saltman, Paradigm Publishers – Our Schools Our Selves, Vol. 17, No. 3. (reprint)
    Entry for North DakotaEncyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, George S. Philander (ed.), Sage Publications. (invited)
  • 2008 (with Douglas Kellner) Entry for Youth CultureThe International Encyclopedia of Communication, Wolfgang Donsbach (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell. (invited)
  • 2007 Ralph Waldo EmersonPlaying with Ideas: Modern and Contemporary Philosophies of Education, J. Grinberg, T. Lewis, & M. Laverty (eds.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers.
    (with Clayton Pierce) Symposium Rejoinder on Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire: Toward a New Humanism, Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo, Sense Publishers – Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies. (invited)
    Review of Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools, Kenneth Saltman, Paradigm Publishers – American Book Review. (invited)
    Entry for Zoöphilia and Bestiality: Cross-cultural PerspectivesEncyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, Marc Bekoff (ed.), Greenwood Press.
    Entries for Anthropocentrism, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Cesar Chavez, Critical  Environmental Theory, Environmental Movements, E.F. Schumacher, Fur, Lab Animals, Spaceship EarthEncyclopedia of Environment & Society, Paul Robbins (ed.), Sage Publications.
  • 2006 (with Douglas Kellner) Entry for Youth CultureEncyclopedia of Globalization, Roland Robertson and Jan Aart Scholte (eds.), Grolier Academic.
    Review of The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter, Peter Singer and Jim Mason, Rodale Publishers – Journal of Critical Animal Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1.
  • 2005 (with Douglas Kellner) Entry for Youth and Internet SubculturesContemporary Youth Culture, Shirley Steinberg, Priya Parmar, and Birgit Richard (eds.), Greenwood Publishing.
    Review of Capitalists & Conquerors, Peter McLaren, Rowman & Littlefield, and Teaching Peter McLaren: Paths of Dissent, Marc Pruyn and Luis Huerta-Charles (eds.), Peter Lang – Learning for Democracy, Vol. 1. No. 1. (invited)
    Review of Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis, C.A. Bowers and F. Apffel-Marglin (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates – Teachers College Record, Vol. 107, No. 11. (invited)
    Review of Rethinking Animals, Nigel Rothfels (ed.), Indiana University Press – H-Nilas.
  • 2004 Entry for Internet and CybercultureEncyclopedia of Social Theory, George Ritzer (ed.), Sage Publications.

VI. OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • 2010 Department Profile; Journal MissionCommunity Connect: The Journal of Civic Voices, Center for Community Engagement, University of North Dakota.
    Howard Zinn and TeachingTeaching Thursdays, University of North Dakota weblog; available at: http://teachingthursday.org/2010/02/11/howard-zinn-and-teaching/.
  • 2008 – 2010 Invited Blog, For Critical Ecopedagogy: Blogs to Those that Dare to Teach Sustainability – The Paulo and Nita Freire Project for Critical Pedagogy, McGill University.
  • 2006 Statement on Veganism and CapitalismVegetarians and Vegans in America, Michael and Karen Iacobbo (eds.), Greenwood Publications.
  • 2005 Letter to the EditorChronicle of Higher Education (9/12/05).
  • 2004 (with Steven Best) Trial By Fire: The SHAC7 and the Future of DemocracyImpact Press, August.
    An Interview with Anthony J. Nocella II, co-editor of Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals – Tierbefreiung (Germany), August.
  • 2003 Editorial Misses the Point of ProtestsUCLA Daily Bruin (4/30/03); available at: http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=24091.
  • 2003 Comment to ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’Teaching to Change LA (2/13/03); available at: http://tcla.gseis.ucla.edu/reportcard/talkback/comments.html.
  • 1990 – 2000 Published Original Poetry, Southern Vermont Review; South Stream Review

VII. WEBSITES DESIGNED & MAINTAINED

  • 2009 – 2014 The Ivan Illich Learning Web and Journal – (ivan-illich.org)
  • 2008 – 2012 Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy – (greentheoryandpraxis.org)
  • 2007 – 2009 Ecopedagogy Association International – (ecopedagogy.org)
  • 2005 – 2009 Personal Website – (richardkahn.org)
  • 2003 – 2006 Faculty Website for Douglas Kellner – (www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/)
    Faculty Website for Peter McLaren – (www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/pages/mclaren/)
  • 2002 Get Vegan – (getvegan.com)
    My weblog Vegan Blog: The (Eco) Logical Weblog has received press from CSPAN, CBS Marketwatch, MSNBC.com, San Antonio Current, and SA Computer Magazine.
    BlogLeft: Critical Interventions – (www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed253a/blogger.php)
  • 2001 Class Website for UCLA’s ED270 – (www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed270)
    Class Website for UCLA’s ED253A – (www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed253a)
    Faculty Website for Steven Best – (www.utminers.utep.edu/best/)
  • 1998 – 1999 California Institute of Integral Studies – (www.ciis.edu)
    Program in Philosophy, Cosmology & Consciousness at C.I.I.S. – (pcc.ciis.edu)

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