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Campbell Frank Scribner (TLPL)
Campbell Frank Scribner
Contact Information:
Room: 2311 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-3324
E-mail: cfscrib@umd.edu

Campbell Frank Scribner (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin)
Assistant Professor
Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)

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Research Interests | Bio | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |

Research Interests

Primary interest is the history of American education, particularly conflicting interpretations of democracy in school governance, curriculum, and reform. Secondary interests include state and federal education policy and contemporary school reform.

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Professional Biography

Professor Campbell F. Scribner received his PhD. in history and educational policy from the University of Wisconsin. He teaches courses on the history and philosophy of education as well as various aspects of educational policy. Professor Scribner’s research covers a range of topics but centers on conflicting notions of democracy in schools. His first book, The Fight for Local Control: Schools, Suburbs, and American Democracy (2016), examines the legal and political origins of school district autonomy, with attendant questions about community versus equal educational opportunity. A second book, in its early stages, will trace the history of school vandalism from the colonial era to the present, bringing new perspectives to school discipline, student resistance, and the role of destruction in education.

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Selected Publications

The Fight for Local Control: Schools, Suburbs, and American Democracy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016)

“Beyond the Metropolis: The Forgotten History of Small-town Teachers’ Unions,” American Journal of Education 121, No. 4 (August 2015): 531-561.

“False Start: The Failure of an Early Race to the Top,” in The Founding Fathers, Education, and “The Great Contest”: The American Philosophical Society Prize of 1797, Benjamin Justice, ed. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013): 69-83.

“‘Make Your Voice Heard’: Communism in the High School Curriculum, 1958-1968,” History of Education Quarterly 52, No. 3 (Summer 2012): 351-369. 

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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