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Secondary History & Government Program Faculty

The faculty members and instructors in the Secondary History & Government teacher education program at KU are dedicated to providing robust learning opportunities. You will learn from professionals who have real-world experiences teaching in secondary classrooms. Students are also able to complete coursework with faculty members from the Department of History at KU.

Joe O'Brien
Associate Professor, Secondary History/Government Education Program Coordinator
785-864-9663
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 337

Joe O’Brien, an associate professor in middle/secondary social studies, joined KU’s Curriculum & Teaching department in the spring of 1992. Prior to arriving in Lawrence, he was on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directed the Virginia Institute for Law &... more

David Hansen
Associate Professor
785-864-1874
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 642

Dr. Hansen is an associate professor at the University of Kansas in the School of Education where he teaches and maintains an active research program as a graduate faculty member. He completed his doctorate (2001) and post-doctorate experience (2001 to 2007) at the University of Illinois at... more

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