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  • Paula  M. Salvio is a professor of education in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire. She writes and lectures on the cultural and historical foundations of education with a specialization in psychoanalysis, life-writing, and the impact that marginalization, trauma and war have on women, children and youth in formal and informal  educational settings. She explores transitional moments in history and society – reform, wars and revolution and their aftermaths- and how these affect the relations of education, culture and politics. Her books and numerous essays reflect her dedication to interdisciplinary inquiry. They combine research in digital and conventional archives with analyses of visual and literary sources and interviews and engage critically with feminist and post-colonial theories of education.  Her work has been supported by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, The United States Department of Education, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Verizon Foundation and other fellowships. Along with her numerous articles and book chapters, she is the author of Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance, (SUNY Press, 2007) which was  awarded a Critics Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association. Professor Salvio co-edited (with Gail Boldt) Love’s Return: Psychoanalytic Essays on Childhood, Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2006).  Her latest book, The Story-Takers: Public Pedagogy and Contemporary Italy’s Non-Violent Resistance Against the  Mafia is under contract  with the University of Toronto Press. She is also working on a new book with Professors Bronwen Low and Chloe Brushwood-Rose,  Community-based Media Pedagogies: Listening in the Commons, (under contract with Routledge Press). A recipient of the Julius Silberger Fellowship at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the Roland and Charlotte Kimball Faculty Fellowship from the University of New Hampshire Department of Education,  and a Faculty Scholar in Education, Culture and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute, she brings the study of psychoanalysis to education as well as the knowledge and creative inquiry of the humanities to the challenges facing sustainability studies. An active public speaker who also writes for non-academic audiences, she also publishes on cookbooks and food blogs as acts of public pedagogy that play out in hegemonic and counter-cultural ways. She has extensive administrative experience, including program and faculty development, capacity building in middle and high schools, designing shared governance policies and practices in educational settings, and qualitative assessment of academic programs. She enjoys mentoring students and faculty and planning events that generate intellectual synergy.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 A Life of Resistance: Ada Prospero Marchesini Gobetti (1902-1968)Modern Italy.  23:345-346. 2018
    2013 Exercising 'The Right To Research': Youth-Based Community Media Production as Transformative ActionEnglish in Education.  47:163-180. 2013
    2010 Anne Sexton's recorded therapy: commentary on Skorczewski.Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  58:445-452. 2010
    2009 Uncanny Exposures: A Study of the Wartime Photojournalism of Lee MillerCurriculum Inquiry.  39:521-536. 2009
    2009 'A democracy tempered by the rate of exchange': Audit culture and the sell-out of progressive writing curriculumEnglish in Education.  43:113-128. 2009
    2002 Being, seeking and telling: Expressive approaches to qualitative adult education researchCurriculum Inquiry.  32:367-378. 2002
    2002 Touching eternity: The enduring outcomes of teachingCurriculum Inquiry.  32:367-378. 2002
    2002 Writing research/researching writingCurriculum Inquiry.  32:367-378. 2002
    1999 Teacher of 'weird abundance': Portraits of the pedagogical tactics of Anne SextonCultural Studies.  13:639-660. 1999


    Year Title
    2017 Community-Based Media Pedagogies: Relational Practices of Listening in the Commons.  Ed. 178.  2017


    Year Title
    2017 Are You Listening?.  1-15. 2017
    2017 Community-based Media Pedagogies Relational Practices of Listening in the Commons Preface.  VII-XI. 2017
    2017 Listening to Difficulty Conflict and Resistance As Methods of Responsive Listening.  49-65. 2017
    2017 On Becoming a "Good Enough" Listener Listening As Educational Relation In and Out of School.  115-124. 2017
    2017 On the Fear of Being Boring Youth-based Community Media Production and the Play of Intersubjectivity.  80-97. 2017
    2017 Taking Stories Public How to Tell Stories So That Others Will Listen?.  66-79. 2017
    2017 The Listening Environment Cultivating Spaces That Hold Us.  31-48. 2017
    2017 Toward a Pedagogy of Listening Creating the Conditions for Intersubjective Listening in the Classroom.  98-114. 2017
    2017 Understanding Listening As Relational From Dialogue to Intersubjectivity.  16-30. 2017
    2005 The Personal Professor and the Excellent University.  17-37. 2005
    2001 Loss, Memory, and the Work of Learning: Lessons from the Teaching Life of Anne Sexton.  93-117. 2001

    Teaching Activities

  • Curriculum Theory II Taught course 2019
  • Lit Review in Educ Research Taught course 2019
  • Tchng Readng Thru Content Area Taught course 2019
  • Careers in Education Taught course 2018
  • Lit Review in Educ Research Taught course 2018
  • Curriculum Theory I Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Pro-seminar Taught course 2017
  • Current Issues in Education Taught course 2017
  • Lit Review in Educ Research Taught course 2017
  • Critical Inquiry in Education Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Reading Instruction Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Reading Instruction Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Reading Instruction Taught course 2016
  • Top/Lit Review in Educ Rsrch Taught course 2016
  • Critical Inquiry in Education Taught course 2015
  • Curriculum Theory II Taught course 2015
  • Curriculum Theory I Taught course 2015
  • Top/Lit Review in Educ Rsrch Taught course 2015
  • Critical Inquiry in Education Taught course 2014
  • Spec Top/ Act Your Age Taught course 2014
  • Educational Structure & Change Taught course 2014
  • Teaching Writing in the 21C Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Modern Languages, Fordham University
  • M.A. Humanities, Wesleyan University
  • Ph.D. Curriculum Theory, University of Rochester
  • Full Name

  • Paula Salvio