Paradoxes & Praxis: The 21st Century Imperative for Educational Foundations

Reta Ugena Whitlock

Reta Ugena Whitlock is a Middle & Secondary Grades Education and Curriculum & Instruction professor in the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. In addition, Whitlock works closely with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and teaches within the Gender & Women’s Studies program. Whitlock holds a B.S.Ed in English and History from Athens State University, an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Coppin State University, and she received a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Curriculum Theory with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University. Currently, Whitlock is working on her MDiv with a concentration in Christian Ethics.

In the past, Whitlock has been interested in research that focuses on examining the intersection between religion, gender, class, and race and curriculum and schooling. Currently, she is enjoying researching how to think theologically about curriculum theory. Whitlock’s website highlights her books, her current project (“LGBT Families in the South, Rural Schools, Queer Theology”) and links to a variety of works that she has written over her years in the Curriculum Studies field. Additionally, Whitlock has a blog where she discusses her works in depth as well as her opinions and thoughts about events that take place in the world surrounding curriculum. Whitlock has appeared at a variety of places throughout her career, including Texas Christian University through the Green Honors Chair program.


Whitlock, R. U. (2009). Jesus Died for NASCAR Fans. Curriculum Studies Handbook–The Next Moment, 265.

Whitlock, R. U. (N.D.). Memoirs that matter. Just Keep Swimming.

Whitlock, R. U. (2013). Queer south rising: Voices of a contested place. Information Age Publishing.

Whitlock, R. U. (2009). “Them ol’nasty lesbians”—Queer memory, place, and rural formations of lesbian. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13(1), 98-106. DOI:10.1080/07380560802314235

Whitlock, R. U. (2007). This corner of canaan: Curriculum studies of place & the reconstruction of the south. Peter Lang Publishing.