About Me

My work focuses on preparing students for civic life, particularly the role of history and social studies in democratic participation. My research examines students’ understanding of topics such as historical agency, historical significance, national identity, and human rights, and I’ve worked with teachers and students in the United States, Northern Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, Macedonia, Colombia, and other countries. In addition to research with students, my work includes curriculum theory and practical classroom applications, especially through portraits of exemplary teachers. As a professor at Indiana University, I prepare candidates to teach history and social studies, as well as guiding doctoral students in the areas of curriculum studies, social studies, and history education. I have also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster; Victoria University (New Zealand); and the National Institute of Education (Singapore); and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in New Zealand.