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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Diana Hess

Expert on democratic education, social studies teaching and learning, the inclusion of controversial political and legal issues in schools

Dean, School of Education; Professor, Curriculum & Instruction Work: 608-262-6137 — Home and cell phones available upon request


  • Democratic education
  • Social studies teaching and learning
  • Youth political and civic engagement
  • Controversial political and legal issues in the school curriculum


  • Author, "Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion," Routledge, 2009
  • Advisory board member, Center for Information and Research in Civic Learning and Engagement and for the Civic Mission of the Schools
  • Lead investigator for multiyear study on the impact of controversial issues discussions on youth political and civic engagement