My work focuses on preparing students for democratic civic participation, particularly through history and other content in social education.

My research examines students’ understanding of topics such as historical agency, historical significance, national identity, and human rights, and I’ve worked with faculty, teachers, and students in the United States, Northern Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, South Sudan, Macedonia, Sweden, and other countries.

In addition to research with students, my work includes curriculum theory and practical classroom applications, especially through portraits of exemplary teachers.

Research Areas:

  • Social and civic education
  • history education
  • human rights education
  • curriculum history


  • Education
  • Identity
  • Ireland


  • 20th century
  • U.S. History
  • Citizenship and Belonging
  • Historical Teaching and Practice

Expertise: Social and civic education; history education; human rights education; curriculum history

Past Affiliations
European Studies, International Studies, Social Sciences, Education, Curriculum and Instruction
EdD, University of Kentucky, Curriculum and Instruction, 1994
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1984
BA, University of Kentucky, Anthropology, 1982