Social Studies

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Social Studies Education

The social studies area includes faculty with a broad array of research interests and projects. Their work examines how social studies schooling can and does influence students’ civic participation, critical and disciplinary thinking, and understandings of democratic values and practices. In addition, they host professional development programs to support the work of practicing teachers.

Our graduate students are highly sought after by top universities in the country and regularly take positions at these universities. The graduates of our secondary social studies teaching program are also very successful at obtaining teaching positions both in Wisconsin and other states.

Area Faculty

  • Diana Hess, Professor, Ph.D. University of Washington, 1998
    democratic education, social studies teaching and learning, controversial political and legal issues in schools

  • Simone Schweber, Professor, Ph.D. Stanford University, 1999
    Holocaust education, religion in public education, social studies education

  • Li-Ching Ho, ‚ÄčAssociate Professor, Ph.D. Teachers College Columbia University, 2008
    Global citizenship, pedagogy in history and the social sciences, teacher education

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