Christine Woyshner, Ed.D.

Christine A. Woyshner, Ed.D.

Department Chairperson of Teaching and Learning


Teaching & Learning

Ritter Hall 351
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone/fax: (215) 204-6147 / (215) 204-1414

  • Ed.D. Harvard University; Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments
  • M.S. Buffalo State College, Elemetary Education with a concentration in Literacy
  • B.S. D'Youville College, Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics
Areas of Professional Interest
  • the role of women’s voluntary organizations in public education in the first half of the twentieth century
  • the shaping of the school curriculum by community members and other social forces
  • the impact of African American women’s professional and voluntary associations on desegregation
  • theoretical explorations in integrating women’s history and African American history into the K-12 curriculum
Recent Scholarship


Leaders in Social Education: Intellectual Self Portraits. Sense Publishers, 2014.

Woyshner, Christine and Chara Bohan, eds. Histories of Social Studies and Race, 1865-2000.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

The National Parent-Teacher Association, Race, and Civic Engagement, 1897-1970. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2009.

The Educational Work of Womens Organizations, 1890-1960. Edited with Anne Meis Knupfer: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008.

Social Education in the Twentieth Century: Curriculum and Context for Citizenship. Edited with Joseph Watras and Margaret Smith Crocco, NY: Peter Lang Press, 2004.

Social Studies: A Chapter of the Curriculum Handbook. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2003.

Minding Women: Reshaping the Educational Realm. Edited with Holly Gelfond, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Publishing Group, 1998.

Special Issues

Woyshner, Christine, Guest Editor. “Histories of Social Studies Thought and Practice in Schools and Communities,” Theory and Research in Social Education 37, no. 4 (Fall 2009).

“Symposium: The History of Women in Education,” Edited with Bonnie Tai, Harvard Educational Review 67, no. 4 (1997).

Articles and Essays

With Jessica Schocker. “Cultural Parallax and Content Analysis: Images of Black Women in High School History Textbooks,” Theory and Research in Social Education 43, no. 4 (2015): 441-468. 
With Christine Baron and Philip Haberkern. “Integrating Historic Site-based Laboratories into Pre-service Teacher Education,” The Journal of Social Studies Research 38, no. 4 (2014): 205-213.
With Andrea Reidell and Marc Brasof, “The Cultural Fieldwork Initiative: Collaboration for Better Education,” Journal of American History 99 (March 2013): 1189-1197.

Schocker, Jessica and Christine Woyshner. “Representing Women of Color in US History Textbooks,” The Social Studies 104, no. 1 (2012): 1-9.

Woyshner, Christine. “School Desegregation and Civil Society: The Unification of Alabama’s Black and White Parent-Teacher Associations, 1954-1970,”History of Education Quarterly 51, no. 1 (2011): 49-76.

Woyshner, Christine. “Inquiry Teaching with Primary Source Documents: An Iterative Approach,” Social Studies Research and Practice 5, no. 3 (2010), 36-45.

"Picturing Women: Gender, Images, and Representation in Social Studies", Social Education 70, no. 6 (2006): 358-362.

“Notes toward a Historiography of the Social Studies: Recent Scholarship and Future Directions,” in Keith Barton, ed., Research Methods in Social Studies Education: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives. (Information Age Publishing, 2006: 11-38).

“Gender Equity in Social Studies,” With Carole Hahn, Jane Bernard-Powers, and Margaret Smith Crocco. In Susan S. Klein, ed., Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2007. 335-358.

“Preparation for the Duties of Life: Women Reformers and the Functional Curriculum, 1893-1918.” Educational Foundations 18, nos. 3-4 (2004): 25-44.

"Women's Associations and the Origins of the Social Studies: Volunteers,Professionals, and the Community Civics Curriculum, 1890-1920." International Journal of Social Education 18, no. 2 (Winter 2003-2004): 15-32.

"The Education of Women for Wifedom: Coverture, Community, and Consumerism in the Separate Spheres." History of Education Quarterly 43, no 3 (2003): 410-428.

“Writing Women into the Curriculum.” With Paula Sincero, Social Education 67, no. 4 (2003): 218-225.

“Gender,Race, and the National PTA: Civic Engagement and Public Education, 1890-1930.” Teachers College Record 105, no. 3 (2003): 520-544.

“Political History as Women's History: Toward a More Inclusive Curriculum.” Theory and Research in Social Education 30, no. 3 (2002):354-380.

“Teaching the Women’s Club Movement in United States History.” The Social Studies 93, no. 1 (2002): 11-17.