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Books, Sue

EdD: UNC- Greensboro
MA: Drew University
BA: Guilford College


Department: Secondary Education
Office: OM 314C
Phone: (845) 257-2879

Career History

Current: Professor and Director of the TELL Certificate Program, Department of Secondary Education, SUNY New Paltz

Fall 2014: Visiting Scholar, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Fall 2009: Fulbright Scholar, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Fall 2007: Visiting Scholar, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1992-1993: Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Teaching Interests

Education Across Borders
Education and Poverty
Honors seminar in work
Inquiry: Teaching, Learning, and School

Research/Creative Activity

Social context of education: comparative and international
Poverty, learning, and school funding in the U.S.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014

Kezai Koho Center Fellow, Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs, June 30-July 10, 2013

Chinese Bridge Delegate, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, November 7-15, 2012

UNC-Greensboro School of Education Distinguished Career Award, 2011

Fulbright-Hayes Summer Seminar to Brazil (participant), July 2011

National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Phi Psi chapter, SOFA (Staff or Faculty Award) “for having a positive impact on the study body at SUNY New Paltz,” 2011

Fulbright scholar, University of Iceland, fall 2009

American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Selection Award for Invisible Children in the Society and its Schools (Erlbaum, 1998), 1999



Invisible Children in the Society and its Schools. Erlbaum, 1998, 2003, 2007.

Poverty and Schooling in the U.S.: Contexts and Consequences. Erlbaum, 2004.

Recent publications:

Books, S. (2014). Disparity, austerity, and public schooling in the US: Why Quentin Can’t Read. In H.R. Hall and C. Robinson, and A. Kohli (Eds.), Shifting Demographics: A Cross-Disciplinary Look at Race and Class in 21st Century America.
Books, S. (2013). Funding the right to equal educational opportunity: An overview and call to follow the money. In. J. Hall (Ed.), Children’s Human Rights and Public Schools in the United States. New York: Sense Publishers.

Books, S., and De Villiers, R. (2013). Importing educators and redefining what it means to be a teacher in the U.S. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(2). Retrieve from

Books, S. (2012, November). Food Insecurity in Ulster County. Discussion Brief. Center for Research, Regional Education, and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY. Available online:

Books, S., and Ndlalane, T. (2011). What the U.S. could learn from South Africa about social justice and education. Educational Foundations, 25 (1-2): 83-102.

Books, S., Ragnarsdottir, H., Jonsson, O. P., Macdonald, A. (2011). A university program with “the whole world as a focus”: An Icelandic response to globalization. Innovative Higher Education, 36(2): 125-139.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Editorial Board: SUNY Press
Advisory Board: Center for Regional Research and Educational Outreach, SUNY New Paltz
Vice President, RiverTides: International Center for Integrative Studies -- a UN-affiliated NGO

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