Lauren Stark

Lauren Stark

Assistant Professor of Education & Field Placement Director

Telephone 207.621.3416

228 Randall Center
46 University Drive
UMA Augusta Campus


Through her research and teaching, Prof. Lauren Stark supports the work of social justice educators inside and outside of the classroom. Prof. Stark completed her PhD in the social foundations of education at the University of Virginia after spending nine years teaching secondary English, ELL, French, and Humanities in public schools. She has taught educational foundations and methods courses to preservice educators at the University of Virginia, Bowdoin College, and the University of Maine at Augusta. Her research interests include teacher learning and knowledge production, critical pedagogy, social justice education, teachers’ work and teachers’ unions, and teacher and student engagement in social movements.


B.A. University of Delaware, French Studies, 2005.
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, French, 2006.

Certification, University of Delaware, Secondary Education, 2009.
Ph.D. University of Virginia, Social Foundations of Education, 2020.

Selected Publications

Stark, L. Maton, R., & Dyke, E. (2022). Introduction: (Anti)Racism, democracy, and social justice unionism. Critical Education.

Stark, L., Maton, R., & Dyke, E. (Eds.) (2021). Contemporary educator movements: Transforming unions, schools, and society in North America (Special Series). Critical Education.

Maton, R. & Stark L. (2021). Educators learning through struggle: Political education in social justice caucuses. Journal of Educational Change.

Stark, L. & Spreen, C.A. (2020). Global educator movements: Teacher struggles against neoliberalism and for democracy and justice. In Amy Lang and Rebecca Givan, ed, Strike: Fighting for the Future of Public Education. University of Michigan Press.

Stark, L. & Maton, R. (2019). Teacher politicization and school closures in the United States. In E.M. Duncan, ed., Losing Schools.

Stark, L. (2014).  Naming giftedness: Whiteness and ability discourse in U.S. Schools.  International Studies in Sociology of Education. 24(4): 394-414.

Hammell, S., Cole, R., Stark, L., Monaghan, C. & Spreen, C.A., (2014).  On Becoming a Global Citizen: Critical Pedagogy and Crossing Borders in and out of the University Classroom. In Lee, A. & Williams, R.D., eds. Internationalizing Undergraduate Education: Critical Conversations for 21st Century Practitioners.  Rotterdam and Boston: Sense Publishers.