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Social Studies Research Area:

Integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence

Published Faculty:

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Carole Murphy, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus

Carole H. Murphy is a 20-year veteran of the Texas public school system and an 18-year veteran of higher education. She is an internationally known educator in the fields of educational leadership and social studies education. She has worked as a teacher and an administrator in higher education and K-12 schools. For several years, she taught and was an administrator in the American International School System, Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, she has been published in numerous international journals in the areas of professional development schools, cultural diversity, technology with students at both the K-12 and university levels, and in helping teachers understand action research.
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Laura M. Westhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

A native St. Louisan, Dr. Westhoff, joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty in 1999 and is jointly appointed in the History Department and the Division of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. She has served as co-author and lead historian on several Teaching American History grants. She is on the editorial board for the Women and Social Movements website and the Magazine of History published by the Organization of American Historians and is a frequent presenter at history workshops and colloquia for teachers. Her current research focuses on mid-twentieth grassroots democracy and is tentatively titled, "Educating for Activism." She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three sone...