Stephen D. Brookfield (PhD) has been a leader in the field of continuing education for 40 years. He has worked teaching and consulting in a variety of adult, community, organizational, and higher education settings in England, Canada, and the United States. His overall project is to help people learn to think critically about the dominant ideologies they have internalized and how these can be challenged. He is particularly interested in methodologies of critical thinking, discussion and dialog, critical reflection, leadership, and the exploration of power dynamics, particularly around racial identity and white supremacy.
Throughout his career, Stephen has written, co-written, or edited nineteen books, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011, and 2012). His academic appointments have included positions at the University of British Columbia, Teachers College Columbia University (New York), Harvard University, and the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He has consulted with numerous organizations and institutions across the world and delivered multiple workshops and conference keynotes. While Stephen is currently Antioch University’s Distinguished Scholar, he also holds the positions of Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University (New York) and Emeritus Professor at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis-St. Paul).