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John Willinsky

John Willinsky

John Willinsky

Khosla Family Professor of Education
Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He began his career as a school teacher in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, before going on to complete degrees in English, Education Theory, and the Sociology of Education. Among his eleven books are Empire of Words: the Reign of the OED (Princeton University Press, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (University of Minnesota Press, 1998), The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), which has won two outstanding book awards (as did Learning to Divide the World), and The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke (University of Chicago Press, in press). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Education (U.S), Willinsky also directs the Public Knowledge Project, in a partnership with Simon Fraser University Library, which has developed award-winning open source (free) software for the online management and publishing of principally open access journals and books. The software is currently deployed by over 10,000 research journals in 25 languages around the world, and he continues to collaborate on journal-development initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia in an effort to extend the human right to know.