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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 School of Education 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


  • Recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her book, The Political Classroom, (Routledge, 2016) with co-author Paula McAvoy.
  • 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
  • Co-creator of The Discussion Project a campus-wide professional development series for faculty to strengthen their capacity to create welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous classrooms.