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First Name
Ann Marie
Last Name
University of Texas at San Antonio
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Catholic Education, Curriculum, Educational Measurement, Eugenics, Accreditation, Standardization
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About Me

I am a historian of education and a teacher educator. My primary areas of research focus on the history of education, the history of curriculum (curriculum foundations), and teaching and teacher education. Within the history of education, I examine the history of Roman Catholic schooling in the United States in the early to mid-twentieth century. I focus particularly on the intersections between Catholic education and public education reform movements. This includes the examination of policy issues such as standardization, accreditation, educational measurement and educational funding.

I also look at broader topics in education and schooling through analyzing the history of teaching and learning in the past at the classroom level. I am interested in how teachers made sense of their experiences at different points in time over the twentieth century and from different perspectives. How have teachers’ socio-cultural identities shaped their experiences? How does that in turn shape the curriculum and the experiences of their students?

Recent Publications

Ryan, Ann Marie, American Catholic Schools in the Twentieth Century: Encounters with Public Education Policies, Practices, and Reforms. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (In Press).

Ryan, Ann Marie, Charles Tocci and Seungho Moon, The Curriculum Foundations Reader. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2020).

Ryan, Ann Marie. “Catholic Women Educators’ Discourse and Educational Measurement in the Early Twentieth Century in the United States.” Paedagogica Historica,55, no. 3 (2019) 416-428.

Ryan, Ann Marie. “Catholic Minds/Bodies-Souls: Catholic Schools and Eugenic Inspired Educational Reforms in the United States, 1915-1952.” History of Education, 48, no. 4 (2019) 466-478.

Hedges, Larry V., Terri D. Pigott, Joshua R. Polanin, Ann Marie Ryan, Charles Tocci and Ryan T. Williams, “The Question of School Resources and Student Achievement: A History and Reconsideration.”Review of Research in Education40, (2016) 143-168.  DOI: 10.3102/0091732X16667070

Ryan, Ann Marie. “From Child Study to Efficiency: District Administrators and the Use of Testing in the Chicago Public Schools, 1899 to 1928.” Paedagogica Historica 47, no. 3 (June 2011) 341-54.

Ryan, Ann Marie. “Agency and Structure: Catholic Women and Educational Provision in Early Twentieth Century Chicago.” International Studies in Catholic Education 2, no. 1 (March 2010) 37-49.

Ryan, Ann Marie. “’More than Measurable Human Products’: Catholic Educators’ Responses to the Educational Measurement Movement in the First Half of the 20th Century.” Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice 13, no. 1 (September 2009) 76-96.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Pedagogy, Religion, Urban History, Women