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Bryan Warnick

Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Program Chair, Department of Educational Studies

Program Area: Philosophy and History of Education

(614) 292-8212


Bryan Warnick is professor of Philosophy of Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology. He earned his BS degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Utah, graduating magna cum laude. After serving as a research associate in Medical Ethics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Warnick returned to school to complete his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Philosophy of Education, with Nicholas Burbules and Walter Feinberg as his primary advisors. He taught at the University of Illinois in 2005 as an adjunct assistant professor, and was hired by Ohio State University in the Autumn of 2005 to teach and conduct research in the area of history and philosophy of education.


  • PhD, Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • MA, Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
  • BS, Philosophy and Psychology, University of Utah, 1999

Research Interests


  • Appointed Senior Fellow by the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015-2018).  One of five inaugural Senior Fellows selected from universities across nation based upon their respective scholarship and diverse interests. The fellows will help establish the center as a network for philosophers to explore moral and political questions in educational policy and practice. It is the first academic center of its kind in the United States.

Selected Grants

  • Principle Investigator: “The Ethics of Cash for Grades.” Funded by the Spencer Foundation (2013-2014): $40,000.
  • Principal Investigator: “Student Rights and the Special Characteristics of Schools.”  Funded by the Spencer Foundation (2009-2010): $38,853 

Selected Publications


  • Bryan R. Warnick, Understanding Student Rights in Schools: Speech, Privacy, and Religion in Educational Contexts (Teachers College Press, 2012).
    • Winner, Critics Choice Book Award (AESA, 2013)
    • Reviewed in Huffington Post, Theory and Research in Education, The School Administrator, Journal of Youth and Adolescence
    • Highlighted with a segment on School Leadership Briefing
  • Bryan R. Warnick, Imitation and Education: A Philosophical Inquiry into Learning by Example (SUNY Press, 2008).
    • Reviewed in Teachers College Record, Theory and Research in Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Bryan R. Warnick, Todd Bitters, Thomas Falk, Sang Hyun Kim, "Social Media Use and Teacher Ethics," Educational Policy (Forthcoming).
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Fairness in Teaching Evolution.” Philosophical Studies in Education 45 (2014): 88-98.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Taming the Conflict Over Educational  Equal, “Journal of Applied Philosophy (In Press – Available from early view at
  • Sang Hyun Kim and Bryan R. Warnick, “Freedom of Expression and Korean Schools,” The Korean Journal of Educational Ideas 28, 49-70.
  • Bryan R. Warnick and D. Spencer Smith, “Clarifying the Controversy Over Controversies,” Educational Theory 64, no. 3 (2014): 227-244.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Parental Authority over Education and the Right-to-Invite.”  Harvard Educational Review 84, no.1 (2014): 53-71.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Rethinking Education for Autonomy in Pluralistic Societies." Educational Theory 62, no. 4. (2012): 411-426.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Student Rights to Religious Expression and the Special Characteristics of Schools.” Educational Theory 62, no. 1 (2012): 59-74.
  • Bryan R. Warnick and Sarah K. Silverman, “A Framework for Professional Ethics in Teacher Education.” Journal of Teacher Education 62, no. 3 (2011): 273-285.
  • Kurt Stemhagen and Bryan R. Warnick, “Utility, Humility, and Educational Research: On Heterogeneous Community.” Philosophical Studies in Education 41 (2010): 116-126.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, Benjamin A. Johnson, Samuel Rocha, “Tragedy and the Meaning of School Shootings.” Educational Theory 60, no. 3 (2010): 371-390.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, David Spencer Smith, Heather Dawson, and Bethany Vosburg-Bleum, “Individualism and Student Community in American Cinema.” Educational Studies 46, no. 2 (2010): 168-191.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Evolution, Creationism, and Fairness: Equal Time in the Biology Classroom?,” Philosophy of Education, 2009 (Urbana, Ill.: Philosophy of Education Society), 305-314.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, Bradley Rowe, and Sang Hyun Kim, “Student Rights, Original Meaning, and Justice Clarence Thomas.” Educational Theory 59, no. 3 (2009): 145-165.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Student Speech Rights and the Special Characteristics of the School Environment,” Educational Researcher 38 (2009): 200-215.
  • Thomas M. Falk, Sam Rocha, and Bryan R. Warnick, “Social Science and Its Discontents: An Essay Review of Bent Flyvbjerg’s Making Social Science Matter,” Education Review 12 (2009): 1-15.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Dilemmas of Autonomy and Happiness: Harry Brighouse on Subjective Wellbeing and Education.” Theory and Research in Education 7 (2009): 89-111.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Oppression, Freedom, and the Education of Frederick Douglass.” Philosophical Studies in Education 39 (2008): 24-34.
  • Bryan R. Warnick and David Fooce, “Does Teaching Creationism Facilitate Student Autonomy?” Theory and Research in Education 5 (2007): 357-378.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Surveillance Cameras in Schools: An Ethical Analysis,” Harvard Educational Review 77, no. 3 (2007): 317-343.Reprinted in Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education. Steven Tozer, Bernardo Gallegos, Annette Henry, eds. (Routledge, 2009).
  • Bryan R. Warnick and Nicholas C. Burbules, “Media Comparison Studies: Problems and Possibilities,” Teacher’s College Record 109, no. 11(2007): 2483-2510.
  • Bryan R. Warnick, “Emerson and the School of Nature,” Philosophical Studies in Education 38 (2007): 95-104.