Professor, Social Development Studies

Education     J.C. Blokhuis

Ph.D., University of Rochester - Educational Leadership, Thought and Policy

J.D., University of Ottawa - Faculty of Common Law

M.S. Ed., Niagara University - Intermediate and Secondary Education

B.A. (Hons.), University of Ottawa - History/International and Comparative Politics


Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
Education Law Association (ELA)
Children's Rights Academic Network (CRAN)

Reviews editor

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Theory and Research in Education (SAGE)

Research interests

Education law and policy; educational leadership; custodial authority; children’s rights; political ideology and social policy

Recent awards

Teaching Excellence Award (recipient), Renison University College (2021)
Distinguished Teaching Award (finalist), Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo (2021)
Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington, DC (2013)

Work in progress

As contributing volume editor

Blokhuis, J.C. (2022). Legal Foundations of Education, Vol. VI in Foundations of Education (Bruce Maxwell and Lauren Bialystok, series eds.). London, UK: Bloomsbury. [under contract]

As coordinating author

Blokhuis, J.C., Campbell, C.J., Campbell, C., and Christian, W. (2023). Political Ideologies in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Scholars. [under contract]

Recent publications

Blokhuis, J.C., Feldman, J., Imber, M. & van Geel, T. (2021). Education Law, 6e. New York: Routledge.

Education Law textbook

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Covell, K., Howe, R.B. and Blokhuis, J.C. (2018). The Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada, 2e. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press


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Imber, M., van Geel, T., Blokhuis, J.C. & Feldman, J. (2014). A Teacher’s Guide to Education Law, 5e. New York: Routledge.

Recent articles and book chapters

Blokhuis, J.C. & Curren, R. (2021). “The Judicialization of American Education,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York: Oxford University Press (19 pp). Available online at

Blokhuis, J.C. & Smoke, A. (2020). “The Extraordinary Cases of J.J. and Makayla Sault,” in T.Waldock (ed.), A Question of Commitment: The Status of Children in Canada, 2e. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 223-237

Blokhuis, J.C. (2020). “The Supreme Court of Canada and the Convention,” in T. Waldock (ed.), A Question of Commitment: The Status of Children in Canada, 2e. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 161-178

Blokhuis, J.C. (2019). “Rights Talk, Redux,” in M. Laverty (ed.), Philosophy of Education 2018. Urbana, IL: PES, pp. 588-592

Blokhuis, J.C. (2019). “On Capability and the Obligation of Effective Power,” in A.Chinnery (ed.), Philosophy of Education 2017. Urbana, IL: PES, pp. 240-244

Curren, R. & Blokhuis, J.C. (2018). “Friday Night Lights Out: The End of Football in Schools,” Harvard Educational Review 88 (2): 141-162

Brophy, S. & Blokhuis, J.C. (2017). “Defining Legal Studies in Canada,” Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education 12 (1): 7-18

Blokhuis, J.C. (2015). “Student Rights and the Special Characteristics of the School Environment in American Jurisprudence,” Journal of Philosophy of Education 49 (1): 65-85

Recent reviews and review essays

Blokhuis, J.C. (2020).“Homeschooling: The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice, by J.G. Dwyer and S.F. Peters,” Philosophical Inquiry in Education 27 (1): 83–87

d’Ailly, H. & Blokhuis, J.C. (2018). “Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness, by Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci,” Theory and Research in Education 16 (3): 378-385

Blokhuis, J.C. (2017). “Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation, by Adam Laats and Harvey Siegel,” Theory and Research in Education 14 (3): 346-349

Courses taught at Renison

SDS 131R  Political Ideologies and Social Development (CEL)

SDS 210R/LS 273  Children’s Rights in Canada (CEL)

SDS 215R  Education and Social Development from a Global Perspective

SDS 405R  Cosmopolitanism and Social Development (CEL)

SDS 431R  Radical Ideology and Social Policy   

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