Dr. David Yisrael HaLevi
University at Albany (RA alum)
David Epstein-HaLevi earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, where he focused on philosophy of education. David went on to live in Israel (he is a dual-citizen) where he helped to organize sustainable farming villages. Returning back to Chicago, David enrolled at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy as the Ruth J. Simmons Fellow and earned his teaching license for all secondary sciences. From there David moved to the East Coast. He earned a masters in adolescent education, with a teaching license in social studies, from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2011. Thereafter he began his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was also managing editor for the Comparative Education Review journal. He focused early on in critical theory and it’s intersection with ecology. David transferred to UAlbany in 2013 and is now nearing completion of his PhD in Educational Policy & Leadership with a focus on eco-pedagogy, systems thinking, and their intersections with equity and justice. He has published book chapters as well as journal articles, on topics ranging from critical consciousness, critical civic literacy, inter-being, and eco-social resilience using alternative development methods such as permaculture.