Social Studies Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Cinthia Salinas leads a class discussion.

Our Social Studies Education Program focuses on research, theory, and teacher preparation. Our students and faculty explore the contextual and contested meanings of “history” and “citizenship” in U.S. public schools. Students engage in coursework and research that explore topics such as social studies curriculum, multicultural education, and improving literacy through social studies.

Our urban teacher education, master’s, and doctoral programs draw from a variety of disciplines. All of our degree programs pursue theoretical, historical, empirical, and pedagogical questions that seek to excavate and analyze current issues in education. Topics such as race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and cultural differences inform the field of social studies education.

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Focuses on historical and contemporary issues and discourses concerning African American students in schools and society.

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Associate Professor

Researches civic education, early childhood/elementary education, and teacher education to examine the role of relationships, community, and justice to make classrooms democratic and equitable spaces.

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Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, College of Education

Dr. Salinas is a member of the Social Studies Education program area and is an affiliate faculty member in the Bilingual/Bicultural and the Cultural Studies in Education program areas. Her focus in the social studies includes critical historical inqu...

  • Whitney Blankenship

    Coordinator of Secondary History Education and Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Rhode Island College Providence, RI Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2008

  • Brooke Blevins

    Assistant Professor of Education, Baylor University Waco, TX Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2011

  • Antonio J. Castro

    Assistant Professor of Education, University of Missouri Columbia, MO Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2009

  • LaGarrett King

    Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education, Clemson University Clemson, SC Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2012

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Program Area Coordinator, Advisor
Katherina Payne

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