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Language, Culture, and Society

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The Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language, Culture and Society brings faculty and students together for theoretically and methodologically rigorous studies and research in social, cultural and placed-based education practices and pedagogies. The work is frequently transdisciplinary in nature. Research is undertaken both in American and international settings. Doctoral students work with their advisors to create a program individualized around the student’s interests, making use of our connections with programs throughout the College and University. Research and courses span a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, embracing the social sciences, humanities, and arts-based approaches to research, and are often guided by commitments to critical inquiry and educationally and socially transformative practices. Areas of interest of current faculty include:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • New Literacies
  • Languages
  • Culture, Society, and History
  • Place-Based Education
  • Children's Literature Studies
  • Children’s and Youth Cultures
  • In- and out-of-school learning
  • Dis/abilities
  • Qualitative Research Methodology (e.g., Arts-based Research, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography, Narrative Inquiry)
  • Educational anthropology
  • Identities and post-identity studies in education
  • Sociocultural, critical, poststructural and psychoanalytic education studies
  • Anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-ableist pedagogies

Prospective Ph.D. students and others interested in our program are encouraged to survey the faculty's work and make direct contact with the member who most closely addresses your interests. 

If you have any additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Gail Boldt by emailing .