In 2012, I joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park as an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership. Born and raised in Iowa, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa's teacher education program in 2002. For several years, I taught at a rural public high school in Minnesota and worked at a New England boarding school in the summers. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. My research focuses on social studies education, social justice education, curriculum theory, and the intersection of policy and curriculum with a particular emphasis on social class - from the labor movement to elite schools. My work has appeared in Rethinking Schools, Teaching Tolerance, the peer-reviewed journal Democratic Education, and several edited volumes. My book, Educating Activist Allies, was published by Routledge in 2013. As a professor, I have worked extensively with undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing teachers. I am currently a proud resident of Washington, D.C.