Dr. Woyshner earned her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments. She is a historian of education who focuses on the role of voluntary organizations in shaping schools and the curriculum. Her current research examines the ways that African American civic associations served as sites of teaching and learning in Black communities in the first half of the twentieth century. Dr. Woyshner has published widely on the need to diversify the K-12 social studies curriculum, as well as the history of women’s associations in education.

Research Interests

  • Black Education
  • Curriculum
  • History

Courses Taught




ECED 3208

Social Studies for the Early Years, Pre K-4


EDUC 2103

Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States


Selected Publications


  • King, L.J., Murray, A.D., & Woyshner, C. (2019). African American curriculum history: New possibilities and directions. In Transnational Perspectives on Curriculum History (pp. 63-82).

  • Woyshner, C. (2019). Interview with Joyce Goodman. Espacio, Tiempo Y Educacion, 6(2), pp. 273-282. doi: 10.14516/ete.319