Bio

Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education and Coordinator of the Secondary Social Studies Education program. Dr. Blevins teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary education, social studies education, and multicultural education. As a former secondary teacher, Dr. Blevins has a passion for equipping teachers with the resources needed to engage in humanizing social studies education. Dr. Blevins also serves as the co-director for the iEngage Summer Civics Institute, for which she and co-founder Dr. Karon LeCompte have raised more than $150,000 in grant funding.

Dr. Blevins’ research focuses on social studies education as a means to prepare active and engaged citizens. In her work, Dr. Blevins examines how to prepare teachers to develop both political clarity and pedagogical content knowledge that encourages them to engage in transformational based and humanizing social studies education. In addition, Dr. Blevins is also interested in how to educate and empower young people to become active civic participants through participation in action civics and digital technologies.

Dr. Blevins's work as been published in journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, The Social Studies, Multicultural Perspectives, and the International Journal of Social Studies Research. She is a member of the Social Studies Inquiry Research Collaborative (SSIRC), which examines the impact of authentic intellectual work in social studies classrooms.

Dr. Blevins has won several awards for her research including the 2013 Jon Laska Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association of Curriculum and Teaching and the 2011 Best Paper Award from the AERA Research in Social Studies Education SIG for her work with SSIRC. Dr. Blevins serves as the media and book review editor for Theory and Research in Social Education. An active member of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Dr. Blevins serves as the program chair for the 2016 conference in Washington, D.C.

Degrees (3)

Ph.D
2011
University of Texas
Austin, TX

M.A.T
2004
Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

B.A.
2003
Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

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Action Civics

Social Studies Education

Historical Thinking

Diversity Education

Teacher Education

Civics Education

Expertise (4)

Multicultural Issues in Education

Teacher Education

Social Studies Education

Civics Education and Citizenship

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Innovations in Civic Education: Developing Civic Agency through Action Civics

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor, published “Innovations in Civic Education: Developing Civic Agency through Action Civics” in Theory and Research in Social Education, Vol. 44, Issue 3, p. 344-384, September 1, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Karon N. LeCompte, associate professor, and Dr. Sunny Wells, clinical instructor.

Going Beyond the Games with iCivics: A Response

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor, published "Going Beyond the Games with iCivics: A Response to 'The Challenges of Gaming for Democratic Education: The Case of iCivics'" in Democracy and Education, Vol. 24, Issue 2, November 14, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Karon LeCompte, associate professor.

Building Civic Bridges: Community-Centered Action Civics

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor, published "Building Civic Bridges: Community-Centered Action Civics" in The Social Studies, Vol. 106, Issue 5, p. 209-217, May 1, 2015, with co-author(s) Dr. Karon N. LeCompte, associate professor.

Participatory Citizenship: A Commitment to Action Civics

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor, published "Participatory Citizenship: A Commitment to Action Civics" in Teaching for Democracy in an age of Economic Disparity, July 1, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Karon N. LeCompte, associate professor.

Citizenship Goes Digital

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor, published "Citizenship Goes Digital" in Journal of Social Studies Research, Vol. 38, Issue 1, p. 33-44, June 1, 2014, with co-author(s) Dr. Karon N. LeCompte, associate professor, and Dr. Sunny Wells, clinical instructor.

Critical Historical Thinking: Enacting the Voice of the Other in the Social Studies Curriculum and Classroom

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor, published "Critical Historical Thinking: Enacting the Voice of the Other in the Social Studies Curriculum and Classroom" in Critical Qualitative Research in Social Education, p. 71-90, July 1, 2015, with co-author(s) Dr. Cinthia S. Salinas, University of Texas, and Dr. Tony L. Talbert, professor.

Challenging the Neo-Liberal Social Studies Perspective

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor, published "Challenging the Neo-Liberal Social Studies Perspective" in Rethinking Social Studies Education for the 21st Century, p. 23-39, December 1, 2015, with co-author(s) Dr. Tony L. Talbert, associate professor.

iCivics Curriculum and The C3 Framework: Seeking Best Practices in Civics Education

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor, published "iCivics Curriculum and The C3 Framework: Seeking Best Practices in Civics Education" in Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, Vol. 16, Issue 1&2, p. 59-74, September 1, 2014, with co-author(s) Dr. Karon N. LeCompte, associate professor, Dr. Sunny Wells, clinical instructor, and Neil Shanks, University of Texas.

Awards & Honors (1)

John Laska Dissertation Award in Teaching

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor, received John Laska Dissertation Award in Teaching for outstanding dissertation award from American Association of Teaching and Curriculum, 10/17/2013.

External Grants (5)

2017 iEngage Summer Civics Institute

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor; $45,000.00; 2017 iEngage Summer Civics Institute; Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

2016 iEngage Summer Civics Institute

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor; $30,000.00; 2016 iEngage Summer Civics Institute; Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

2015 iEngage Summer Civics Institute

Dr. Brooke E Blevins, assistant professor; $45,000.00; 2015 iEngage Summer Civics Institute; Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

2014 iEngage Summer Civics Institute

Dr. Brooke E Blevins, assistant professor; $30,000.00; 2014 iEngage Summer Civics Institute; Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

2013 iEngage Summer Civics Institute

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor; $30,000.00; 2013 iEngage Summer Civics Institute; Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Professional Leadership (3)

CUFA Executive Board

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor; CUFA Executive Board Member, Treasurer; College and University Faculty Assembly (National Council for the Social Studies).

Book and Media Review Editor

Dr. Brooke E. Blevins, assistant professor; Book and Media Review Editor; Theory and Research in Social Education (TRSE).

CUFA Program Chair

Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor; 2016 CUFA Program Chair; College and University Faculty Assembly (National Council for the Social Studies).

Courses (5)

Models of Teaching (EDC 5303)

Secondary Social Studies Internship (TED 4640/4641)

Secondary Social Studies Curriculum (TED 4341)

Issues in Diversity (EDC 5392)

Teaching in Secondary Schools (TED 2340)