Professor Benjamin Justice, a former high school social studies teacher turned historian, studies the history of education in the United States. His research focuses on the ways in which states educate citizens through institutions (such as schools, prisons, and the military), interactions (such as police encounters), and laws. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author or editor of three books, including the The Founding Fathers, Education, and “the Great Contest,” which won the Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association, The War that Wasn’t: Religious Conflict and Compromise in the Common Schools of New York State, which was named Book of the Year by the New York State Archives, and the forthcoming Have a Little Faith: Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration in the Graduate School of Education and is co-director of the Social Studies Education Program. He is a graduate of Yale College (BA) and Stanford University (MA, PhD).
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