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Kate Rousmaniere, Distinguished Scholar 2011-2012


Kate Rousmaniere, 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholar
Kate Rousmaniere has been named a 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholar. She is professor and chair of educational leadership and an educational historian.

Rousmaniere’s work in the relatively new areas of social and cultural history is considered “transformational.” She confronts “serious issues in educational practice and policy with the sensibility of a professional historian and the concerns of the still relatively new fields of social and cultural history,” explained one of her nominators.

She is author of three significant monographs, three co-edited anthologies of essays and more than two dozen refereed journal articles and book chapters.

Her first book, City Teachers: Teaching and School Reform in Historical Perspective (1997) won a Critic’s Choice Award from the American Studies Association. Her third book, The Principal’s Office: A Social History of the American School Principal, is forthcoming. She is also co-editor of the forthcoming book Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Transfers.

She was elected president of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (2009-2012) and has presided over conferences in the Netherlands, Mexico and India.

Rousmaniere has become “a major player in the movement to transform the history of education by contextualizing it within American society and culture(s) as a whole,” stated one nominator.

In service to Miami, she researched and wrote the centennial history of Miami’s School of Education and contributed to the bicentennial history of Miami.

She received her doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1992, her master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1983 and her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1980. She joined Miami in 1992 and has been chair of the department of educational psychology since 2002.

She currently serves on the editorial boards of five journals, including the Journal of Educational Administration and History and the History of Education Quarterly, of which she is also the associate editor.

One of her reviewers notes that Rousmaniere is “literally known world-wide in history of education and her reputation is well-deserved.”


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