Diana D'Amico Pawlewicz, Ph.D.

Historian | Teacher | Advocate

I am a historian of American education and my work sits at the intersection of labor and social history. In my writing and teaching, I explore the connections between education policy and social policy and how the nation's public schools have served as both barriers to and conduits for social change and justice.

The history of America's teachers is the history of America's working women. As an expert on the history of teacher policy, I have examined teacher preparation, hiring practices, organization and representation, and reform initiatives ranging from tenure to merit pay.

Guided by an interdisciplinary orientation, my scholarship builds bridges within and beyond the academy and seeks to identify connections between the past and the present and the university and the public.

More than background,

history is useful and generative 

for policymakers, practitioners, and the broader public.