Dr. Kevin McDonough

Associate Professor
Academic title(s): 

Program Director, DISE Graduate Non-Thesis Programs (M.A., Graduate Certificates)

Dr. Kevin McDonough
Contact Information
Email address: 
kevin.mcdonough [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate phone: 
514-398-4400 Ext 09547
Program Director
Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Professional activities: 
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Philosophical Inquiry in Education
  • Member, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (Concordia University)
  • Graduate Program Director (non-thesis programs), DISE


Areas of expertise: 
  • Philosophy of education
  • Moral and political education
  • Inclusion of intellectually disabled learners



Dr. Kevin McDonough is an Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at McGill University, Canada. He co-edited (with Walter Feinberg) Citizenship and Education in Liberal-Democratic Societies:  Teaching for Collective Identities and Cosmopolitan Values (Oxford, 2003).  He has authored or co-authored articles in The American Journal of Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Religion and Education, Studies in Philosophy of Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Theory and Research in Education. His current research focuses on philosophical questions that arise at the intersection of social epistemology, intellectual disability, and education policy. Dr. McDonough is interested more broadly in the philosophical aspects of democratic citizenship education and diversity.

  • PhD, Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • MA, Philosophy of Education, University of Alberta, Canada


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Received research grants as Primary Investigator from SSHRC, the Center for Ethics and Education, and the Spencer Foundation.

Selected publications: 
  • McDonough, K. & Feinberg, W. (2003), Citizenship and Public Education in Liberal-Democratic Societies: Teaching for Cultural Identity and Cosmopolitan Values. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • *McDonough, K., & Taylor, A. (2021). Disabling intervention: intellectual disability and the justification of paternalism in education. Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 28(2), 195–207.
  • *Taylor, A., McDonough, K. (2021). Safeguarding the epistemic agency of intellectually disabled learners.Philosophy of Education: a peer-reviewed journal of the Philosophy of Education Society, 11 (1), 24-41.
  • *McDonough, K., Maxwell, B. & Waddington, D. I. (2015). Teachers, the State and Religious Symbols: a question of professional ethics. Theory and Research in Education.
  • Teacher Education, Pedagogy & Leadership
  • Diversity, Identity & Indigenous Topics
  • Developmental Psychology & Inclusive Education


Graduate supervision: 

Not taking new students during the upcoming application period.

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