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Tommy Ender

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(401) 456-2803

Academic Background

Ph.D. – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Ed. – University of New Hampshire
B.A. – Drew University

Courses Taught

HIST 107: Multiple Voices: The U.S. in the World
SED 411: Content & Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Social Studies/History)
SED 412: Field Practicum in Secondary Education
SED 421: Student Teaching in the Secondary School
SED 422: Student Teaching Seminar in the Secondary School (Social Studies/History)


I earned my Ph.D. in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD, prior to arriving at RIC. Previously, I spent ten years teaching middle school and high school Social Studies. My current research examines the potential of counter-narratives as theory and pedagogy in social studies.

Research Interests

Critical Social Studies
Curriculum Theory
Contemporary Music as History and Activism
Latinxs in US History


Refereed Journal Articles

Ender, T. (2019). Teaching the young lords party: The civil rights movement in the NYC metropolitan area. Teaching Social Studies, Summer/Fall 2019, 19(2), 109-116.

Ender, T. (2019). Critical social studies in the united states. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.520

Ender, T. (2019). Counter-narratives as resistance: Creating critical social studies spaces with the community. The Journal of Social Studies Research.​

Refereed Book Chapters

Ender, T. (2018). Ethnic. In D.G. Krutka, A.M. Whitlock, & M. Helmsing (Eds.), Keywords in social studies: Concepts and conversations (pp. 17-28). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Book Reviews

Ender, T. (2018). Review of the book Teaching politics in secondary education. Journal of Social Studies Research. 10.1016/j.jssr.2018.05.001

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