Michael W. Apple (born 1942) is an educational theorist specialized on education and power, cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, critical teaching, and the development of democratic schools.
He is currently the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education, where he has taught since 1970. Before completing his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, Apple taught in elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey, where he grew up, as well as served as the president of his teachers union. For more than three decades Apple has worked with educators, unions, dissident groups, and governments throughout the world on democratizing educational policy and practice.
- Can education change society? New York: Routledge, 2013.
- Education and power. 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2011.
- Global crises, social justice, and education. New York: Routledge, 2010.
- The Routledge international handbook of sociology of education. New York: Routledge, 2010.
- The Routledge international handbook of critical education. New York: Routledge, 2009.
- Democratic schools. 2nd edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2007. With James A. Beane.
- Educating the "right" way: Markets, standards, God, and inequality. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 2006.
- Ideology and curriculum. 25th anniversary 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2004.
- The state and politics of education. New York: Routledge, 2003.
- Official knowledge: Democratic knowledge in a conservative age. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 2000.
- Cultural politics and education. New York: Teachers College Press, 1996.
- "Education Scholar Michael W. Apple to Deliver The Robert and Augusta Finkelstein Memorial Lecture". Adelphi University. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "Neoliberalism, Neoconservativism and the Politics of Educational Reform". University of Toronto. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "Michael Apple: April 2012 Routledge Education Author of the Month". Routledge. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "Educational and Curricular Restructuring and the Neo-liberal and Neo-conservative Agendas: Interview with Michael Apple". Curriculo sem Fronteiras. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "review of Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education". education review. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "The Long [R]evolution". JM Paraskeva. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education". Peter Lang. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- Apple's UW–Madison faculty webpage
- Understanding the Meaning of Educational Quality as Influenced by M. Apple- University of Bath 24 Nov 2011