Dustin Christopher Webster Program: Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division, Ph.D.

Anticipated Graduation: May 2023


Professional Biography

Dustin is a PhD student in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dustin has a professional background in K-12 education, and has served in a variety of roles, including in after school programs, teaching English in South Korea, and teaching 5th grade at a school for children with learning disabilities. He has long been interested in philosophy for children and the teaching of pre-college philosophy, and he is trained by the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children in the Lipman-Sharp Community of Inquiry method.

Dustin received his M.A. in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dustin in primarily interested in how ideas like liberalism, multiculturalism, toleration, and citizenship are conceptualized, and then communicated in the K-12 classroom. This is driven by a broader interest in the role that education serves in society, particularly in a liberal democracy. Dustin is also interested in exploring the non-cognitive aspects of civics education, and how this relates to character education.

Interest Categories

K-12 Education
School & Society


M.A. (Philosophy and Education) Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017.
B.A. (Political Science) University of San Diego, 2012.

Faculty Advisors

Sigal Ben-Porath

Areas Of Expertise

Philosophy of Education

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