Educational studies refers to the systematic study of schooling and education in societies.

Its character and methods are derived from a number of academic disciplines, combinations of disciplines, and area studies, including history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, religion, political science, economics, cultural studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, comparative and international education, educational policy studies, as well as trans-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. We specialize in the study of formal and non-formal educational settings and challenge students to think deeply about complex social issues and strategies for lives of leadership and service.

Department Contacts

  • Chair

  • Shireen Campbell
    Acting Chair of Educational Studies (2021-22)

  • Departmental Coordinator

  • Erica Calhoun
    Departmental Coordinator for Educational Studies

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Shireen Campbell

  • Professor of English | Writing Center Director | Acting Chair of Educational Studies (2021-22)
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Rebeca Fernandez

  • Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing | Multilingual Student Writing Coordinator


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Rick Gay

  • Professor of Educational Studies
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Hilton Kelly

  • Chair & Professor of Educational Studies | Professor of Africana Studies

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • Sociology of Education
  • Age of Jim Crow
  • Race and Racism
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Chris Marsicano

  • Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • College affordability
  • Educational Policy
  • Public Policy Analysis and Management
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Brittany Murray

  • Assistant Professor of Educational Studies and Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • K-12 Education Policy
  • Politics of Education
  • School Racial Inequality


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Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Erica Calhoun

  • Department Coordinator
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