Radical Hope

My book, Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, was published in Spring, 2020, by West Virginia University Press as part of its Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series, edited by James M. Lang.

From the publisher: Higher education has seen better days. Harsh budget cuts, the precarious nature of employment in college teaching, and political hostility to the entire enterprise of education have made for an increasingly fraught landscape. Radical Hope is an ambitious response to this state of affairs, at once political and practical—the work of an activist, teacher, and public intellectual grappling with some of the most pressing topics at the intersection of higher education and social justice.


“A must-read for pedagogues and theorists alike. Gannon’s explorations into history, power, and academia place students and the environments in which they learn front and center for the rest of us to consider. This work isn’t about reform, but transformation, and Gannon’s book pushes us in the right direction.”
José Luis Vilson, author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education

“This is the book I needed to read—it was a fresh drink of water in a time of turmoil and despair in education. Gannon grounds his calls for radical hope in the work of educational scholars like Freire, hooks, and Giroux, and offers helpful examples and recommendations based on his years of teaching experience. He tackles real issues we are facing at our institutions head-on without capitulating to clichés or trendy solutions often offered in books about higher education.”
Amy Collier, Middlebury College

“In a time of precariously employed professors, crushing student debt burdens, and cynically manufactured campus outrages, Radical Hope is a much-needed practical and principled reminder of the promise and possibility of education for liberation.”
Nikhil Pal Singh, author of Race and America’s Long War and faculty director, NYU Prison Education Program

Read an excerpt HERE.

You can purchase the book online from the following locations:

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