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Lauren Harris

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Biography: 

Lauren McArthur Harris is an associate professor of history education with a joint appointment in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Her work focuses on representations of history in curricular resources and investigates how teachers teach history in schools. Professor Harris is a former ninth grade world history teacher in Arlington, VA. She has published in journals such as Cognition and InstructionTheory and Research in Social Education, and the Journal of Curriculum Studies. Harris is an associate editor for the journal Education Policy Analysis Archives and serves on the editorial board of Theory and Research in Social Education. She is co-editor of the Wiley International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning (Wiley Blackwell, 2018) and Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times: Stories of Practice (Teachers College Press, 2022).

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Michigan
  • M.Ed.  Secondary Social Studies Education, George Mason University
  • B.A.. History, Colorado College

 

Research Interests: 

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How do curricular resources represent history content and pedagogies?
  • How do history teachers make decisions about what to teach in an increasingly interconnected world?
  • In what ways do teachers teach "difficult histories"?

Current Research Projects:

Harris has recently co-edited (with Maia Sheppard and Sara A. Levey) a book on the teaching of difficult histories. In Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times: Stories of Practice, practitioners’ (K-12 teachers and museum educators) voices and classrooms are at the center of the chapters, providing readers with a rare picture of how teachers plan for, teach, and reflect on difficult histories. Chapter topics include teaching about 9/11, genocide and mass atrocities, racial violence, Black history, Indigenous resistance, immigration, and criminal justice reform.

Publications: 

Harris, L. M., Sheppard, M., & Levy, S. (Eds.). (2022). Teaching difficult histories in difficult times: Stories of practice. Teachers College Press. https://www.tcpress.com/teaching-difficult-histories-in-difficult-times-9780807766446

Harris, L. M., Archambault, L., & Shelton, C. (2022). Issues of quality on Teachers Pay Teachers: An exploration of best-selling U.S. history resources. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2021.2014373

Halvorsen, A-L., Harris, L. M., Doornbos, L., & MIssias, M. T. (2021). Lesson study in historical inquiry. Teachers working across rural communities. Teaching and Teacher Education, 97https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2020.103206 

Girard, B., Harris, L. M., Mayger, L., *Kessner, T., & *Reid, S. F  (2021). “There’s no way we can teach all of this”: Factors that influence secondary history teachers’ content choices. Theory & Research in Social Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2020.1855280  

Reid, S. F., Kessner, T., Harris, L. M., Benkert, V., & Bruner, J. (2021). Comparative genocide pedagogy and survivor testimony: Lessons from a unit on the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. The History Teacher, 54(2), 297-235. http://societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/F21_Reid_et_al.pdf

Harris, L. M., & Girard, B. (2020). Evaluating the support of teacher choice in state history standards. The History Teacher, 43(4), 613-633. http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/A20_Harris_and_Girard.pdf

Shelton, C., Archambault, L., & Harris, L. M. (2020, August 7). Lesson plan platforms for teachers have a racism problem. Slate. https://slate.com/technology/2020/08/teachers-paying-teachers-racist-materials.html

Lee, M. & Harris, L. M. (2020). Teachers’ organization of world history in South Korea: Challenges and opportunities for curriculum and practice. Journal of Social Studies Research, 44, 339-354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2020.05.002

Harris, L. M., Reid, S. F., Benkert, V., & Bruner, J. (2019). Investigating comparative genocide teaching in two high school classrooms. Theory & Research in Social Education, 47(4), 497-525. https://doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2019.1635058

Halvorsen, A., Harris, L. M., & Doornbos, L., Missias, M.T. (2019). Community in context: Professional development for teaching historical inquiry. Teacher Education Quarterly, 42(2), 81-113.

Metzger, S. A. & Harris, L. M. (Eds.). (2018). Wiley international handbook of history teaching and learning. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Website

Girard, B. & Harris, L. M. (2018). Global and world history education. In Metzger, S.A. & Harris, L.M. (Eds.), Wiley international handbook of history teaching and learning. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Harris, L. M. (2017). Six degrees of the Mongol Empire: Using thought experiments to prepare world history teachers. The History Teacher50(3). 381-401. http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/M17_Harris.pdf

Harris, L. M., Shreiner, T. L., & *Hoelting, M. (2017). Examining an ambitious world history teacher’s knowledge for planning. Journal of Social Studies Research41(2)117-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2016.08.003

Harris, L. M., Hutchinson, M., Benkert, V., Bruner, J., Lundin, A. E. (2017). Teaching, learning, and researching genocide comparatively. World History Connected, 14(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/14.2/forum_bruner.html

Bruner, J., Benkert, V., Harris, L. M., Hutchinson, M., & Lundin, A. E. (2017). Developing a critical comparative genocide method. World History Connected, 14(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/14.2/forum_harris.html

Harris, L. M., Halvorsen, A., & *Aponte-Martinez, G. J. (2016). "[My] family has gone through that": How high school students determine the trustworthiness of historical documents. Journal of Social Studies Research, 40(2), 109-121. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.jssr.2015.06.007

Halvorsen, A., Harris, L. M., Aponte-Martinez, G. J., & Frasier, A. (2016). Does students’ heritage matter in their performance on and perceptions of historical reasoning tasks? Journal of Curriculum Studies, 48(4), 457-478http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2015.1092585

Hutchinson, M.J., & Harris, L. M. (2016). Listening for history: Using jazz music as a primary source. Social Education80(3), 134-140.

Harris, L. M., Wirz, J. P., Hinde, E. R., Libbee, M. (2015). Exploring teachers’ use of resources to integrate geography and history. Journal of Geography, 114(4), 158-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221341.2014.959986

Harris, L. M. (2014). Making connections for themselves and their students: Examining teachers’ organization of world history. Theory and Research in Social Education42(3), 336-374. DOI: 10.1080/00933104.2014.937547. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WYAwubfyrC5pWEjy9MBg/fu

Harris, L. M., & Girard, B. (2014). Instructional significance for teaching history: A preliminary framework. Journal of Social Studies Research, 38(4), 215-225.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2014.02.003

Harris, L. M., & Shreiner, T. L. (2014). Why can’t we just look it up?  Using concept formation lessons to teach global patterns and local cases in world history. World History Connected, 11(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/11.2/harris.html

Girard, B., & Harris, L. M. (2013). Considering world history as a space for developing global citizenship competencies. The Educational Forum77(4), 438-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131725.2013.822042

Harris, L. M. (2012).  Conceptual devices in the work of world historians. Cognition and Instruction30(4), 312-358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07370008.2012.716884

Girard, B., & Harris, L. M. (2012). Striving for disciplinary literacy instruction: Cognitive tools in a world history course. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40(3), 230-259. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2012.705183

Harris, L. M., & Bain, R. B. (2011).  Pedagogical content knowledge for world history teachers: What is it? How might prospective teachers develop it?  The Social Studies102(1), 9-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377996.2011.532724

Harris, L. M., & Hamilton, S. (2009). “Challenges and opportunities: Reflections on teaching big history discussion sections,” World History Connected6(3). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.3/hamilton.html

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
EPA 792Research
TEL 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
SED 494Special Topics
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 791Seminar
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 792Research
Honors / Awards: 

2020 National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship Award for exemplary research related to technology in social studies education, College and University Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies

2016-2017 Faculty Fellow, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics: Comparative Genocide Testimony Project. Arizona State University

2014 Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Faculty Achievement Award: Promising Research Scholar, Arizona State University

Editorships: 

Associate Editor, Education Policy Analysis Archives (2017-2022) http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/

Editorial Board, Theory & Research in Social Education (2016-present) http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/utrs20

Professional Associations: 

American Educational Research Association (Division K; Teaching History SIG; Social Studies Research SIG), Arizona Council for History Education, Arizona Council for the Social Studies, National Council for History Education, National Council for the Social Studies: College and University Faculty Assembly, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Society for History Education

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Service: 

(Selected)

2015-present  National Advisory Board Member, The Society for History Education

2011-present  Course Coordinator, Special Methods in Teaching Social Studies (SED 480) and Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (SED 494). Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

2018-2019   Lead Strategist, Secondary Education Program, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

2012-2018  Board Member, Arizona Council for History Education.

2017-2018   Chair, Curriculum Committee, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

2015-2016     Secretary/Treasurer, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2014-2015     Chair, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2014-2015       Member, Social Studies Search Committee. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

2013-2015       Selection Committee Member, National Council for the Social Studies Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy

2013-2014       Program Chair, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2012-2014       Representative, National Council for the Social Studies House of Delegates, CUFA representative.