College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Social studies

Preparing educators to teach a range of social studies topics, including American studies, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Jehanne Beaton Jehanne Beaton

Jehanne Beaton has worked as a secondary social studies teacher in the public schools for more than twenty years, the bulk of which has been spent in diverse, urban classrooms in Minneapolis. She holds an M.F.A.


Justin Grinage Justin Grinage

The focus of my research centers on analyzing processes of racialization in school and classroom spaces through several areas of inquiry including critical whiteness studies, Black education, neoliberal multiculturalism, and critical literacy.

Justin Grinage

Jeff Henning-Smith Jeff Henning-Smith

Jeff Henning-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the Elementary Education and Social Studies program areas.

Jeff Henning-Smith

J.B. Mayo J.B. Mayo

I am an Associate Professor in social studies education. I hold a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida, where my focus of study was gender and sexuality within the social studies, specifically on the formation and…

J.B. Mayo

Robert Poch Robert Poch

What motivates me in my work? The exploration of challenging questions concerning human diversity is a strong motivating force in my teaching and research.

Robert Poch

Ramon Vasquez Ramon Vasquez

Dr. Vasquez is an Assistant Professor of Critical Elementary Education. Before working in higher education, he served as an elementary school teacher in California.

Ramon Vasquez
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