Associate 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

Reviews editor

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Theory and Research in Education (SAGE)


Research interests

Education law and policy; custodial authority; children’s rights; aims of education in liberal democratic societies

Grants and awards

Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington, DC (2013)

Strategic Initiatives Grant, Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL (2013)

Work in progress

Blokhuis, J.C., Feldman, J., van Geel, T. & Imber, M. (2020). Education Law, 6e. New York: Routledge. [under contract]

Recent publications

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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



Imber, M., van Geel, T., Blokhuis, J.C. and Feldman, J. (2014). Education Law, 5e. New York: Routledge.


Education Law

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


Academic journal articles

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. and Blokhuis, J.C. (2017). “Defining Legal Studies in Canada,” Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education 12 (1): 7-18; REPRINTED in S. Tasson et al., [eds.] (2018). Introduction to Legal Studies, Vol. 1: Foundations and Rights Protection. Concord, ON: Captus Press, pp. 148-154

Blokhuis, J.C. (2016). “For Professional Educators, What Is ‘Meaningful Collaboration’?” Canadian Review of Social Policy 76 (1): 110-122

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

Curren, R. and Blokhuis, J.C. (2011). “The Prima Facie Case against Homeschooling,” Public Affairs Quarterly 25 (1): 1-19

Book chapters

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. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press [in press]

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. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press [in press]

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

Review essays

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

Blokhuis, J.C. (2014). “Taking Rights Seriously? On Realizing Educational Rights, by Anne Newman,” and “The Special Characteristics of Schools as Ethical Environments: On Understanding Student Rights, by Bryan R. Warnick,” Educational Theory 64 (6): 649-660

Blokhuis, J.C. and Williams, M. (2013). “A Most Unusual Review for a Most Unusual Book: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline,Theory and Research in Education 11 (3): 311-316; Reprinted in “Black Lives Matter: A Virtual Symposium,” Theory and Research in Education (2016). Online at https://journals.sagepub.com/page/tre/collections/virtual-issues/black-lives-matter

Courses taught at Renison

SDS 131R  Social Ideas, Social Policy, and Political Practice    

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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