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Jane Bolgatz


Jane Bolgatz - SM

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Teaching

113 West 60th Street
Room 1003D


Dr. Bolgatz is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of social studies education in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University Graduate School of Education.

Before she joined the Fordham faculty, she taught social studies and language arts for seven years.


PhD, University of Iowa

MAT, Brown University

BA, Columbia University


Dr. Bolgatz researches how teachers, students, administrators and parents address issues of race and racism in and out of schools.

She is also interested in the ways that elementary and secondary students develop historical thinking skills.

Most recently, Dr. Bolgatz has begun studying the process of teacher education for individuals and institutions.

Selected Publications


Bolgatz, J. (2005). Talking race in the classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Bolgatz, J. & Crowley, R. (2015). Voting Rights Act of 1965: In whose interest? Social Education, 79(5), 239-243.

Bolgatz, J. & Marino, M. (2014). Incorporating more of the world into world history textbooks: A review of high school world history texts. World History Connected. University of Illinois Press: Champaign, IL.

Marino, M. & Bolgatz, J. (2010). Weaving a fabric of world history?: An analysis of U.S. state standards in world history. Theory and Research in Social Education. Vol. 38 No. 3, 366-394.

Bolgatz, J. (2007). Exploring complexity within a “best story” of U. S. history: Kernels of inquiry in a 5th grade class. International Journal of Social Education. Vol. 22 No. 1.

Bolgatz, J. (2007). More than Rosa Parks: Critical multicultural social studies in a fourth grade class. Transformations. Vol. 43 No.1, 39-51.

Book Chapters

Bolgatz, J. (2011). Teachers initiating conversations about race and racism in a high school class. In K. L. Koppelman. Perspectives on human differences: Selected readings on diversity in America. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. (abridged reprint of Bolgatz, 2005. Multicultural Perspectives. Vol. 7 No. 3, 28-35).

Bolgatz, J. & Colleary, K. (2008). What color was Joan of Arc’s hair?: Developing critical literacy through historical thinking skills. In L. Wallowitz (Ed.) Critical literacy as resistance: Teaching for social justice across the secondary curriculum. New York: Peter Lang.

Bolgatz, J. (2006). Using primary documents with fourth grade students: Talking about racism while preparing for standardized tests. In S. G. Grant (Ed.) Measuring history: Cases of state-level testing across the United States. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Book Reviews

Bolgatz, J. (2008). Book review of Catherine Cornbleth Diversity and the New Teacher: Learning from Experience in Urban Schools. Teachers College Record, November 14, 2008

Bolgatz, J. (2007). Book review of Gloria Ladson-Billings (Ed.) Critical race theory perspectives on the social studies: The profession, policies, and curriculum. Urban Education, Vol. 42 No. 1, 111-118.


Contemporary Social Studies (CTGE5259)

Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)

Social Studies Curriculum (CTGE5791)

Sociopolitical Dimensions of Education (CTGE6810)

Teaching Social Studies to Adolescents (CTGE5260)

Teaching Social Studies to Children (CTGE5066)

Read more about Dr. Bolgatz at her website