Bard Faculty

Stephen Mucher

Associate Director, Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Los Angeles

Primary Academic Program: Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Area of Specialization: History of Education/ History & Pedagogy


B.A., Taylor University, M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan. History Education, History of American education, interests in the development of historical thinking processes in adolescents, historiography and disciplined inquiry in secondary classrooms, museum education, the history of teacher preparation, progressivism and Americanization. High school teacher in Honduras, Micronesia, and Plymouth, Michigan. Curriculum writer: Primary Sources Network, Henry Ford Museum. James Madison Fellow, NEH Humanities Scholar, Fulbright-Hayes awardee, USDE Teaching American History Grant, curriculum consultant for PBS documentary School. Publications: New Educator, OAH Magazine of History, The History Teacher. Presentations: Organization of American Historians, American Educational Research Association, National Council for the Social Studies, American Association of Museums, History of Education Society.

Research Interests: 20th Century U.S.; History of Education; Educational Policy and Reform; Disciplinary Approaches to Teaching & Learning; Museums and Informal Modes of Learning

Teaching Interests: Historical and Social Contexts of Teaching & Learning; History as Epistemology and Pedagogy

Other Interests: Educational Uses of Documentary Film; Public Uses of Historical Narrative


2008 — Presentation
“Egregious Blunders: The Urban Schoolman's Critique of Teacher Preparation, 1894-1927." Paper Presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, New York, March 2008.

2008 — Presentation
"The Pedagogical Dimension of Secondary School Inspections, 1871-1903." Paper presentation at the annual conference of the History of Education Society, St. Petersburg, November 2008.

2008 — Presentation
"The Sixties Counterculture and the California High School.” Presentation at the annual conference for the California Council for History Education, Santa Clara, September 2008.

2007 — Presentation
“Systemic Support for Historical Thinking Processes in Adolescent Learners.” Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, November 2007.


Phone: 213-389-1148 x222