J. Ruth Dawley-Carr
J. Ruth
Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5522
Courses Taught
SCED 415: Introduction to Curriculum
SCED 402H: Methods of Teaching Social Sciences
SCED 403H: New Directions in Teaching History
SCED 404H: Clinical Experience in Secondary School History
Research Interests
Citizenship and civic education, internationally; History of women and girls' education, particularly in Cuba; Teaching with and for discussion; Teacher preparation at the secondary level.

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015.

Dissertation: Citizenship Education in Cuba: Ideals, Contradictions and Convivencia

M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006

B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999

Selected Publications

Dawley-Carr, J.R. (2021). Cuba’s citizenship education model and its current challenges. Peabody Journal of Education, 96(3), 307-318. DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2021.1942709

Blum, D., Dawley-Carr, J. R., & Bridges, J. (2019). Cuba. Teen lives around the world: A global encyclopedia, 1, 101-116. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Blum, D., & Dawley-Carr, J.R. (2018). If Cuban and US education leaders debated: Sacando la cuenta (Taking an inventory) on the teaching profession. Educational Studies, 54(5), 522-535. DOI: 10.1080/00131946.2018.1467321

Dawley-Carr, J. R. & Blum, D. (2017). If Betsy DeVos Met Ena Elsa Velázquez. Cuba Counterpoints. 

Blum, D. & Dawley-Carr, J. R. (2016). Teachers Wanted. Cuba Counterpoints. 

Blum, D., Smith, R. & Dawley-Carr, J. R. (2016). Being a “good Cuban”: Socialist citizenship education in a globalized context. In Choo, S., Vinz, R., Sawch, D., & Villanueva, A. (Eds.), Educating for 21st Century Global Capacities: International Perspectives and Capacities (pp. 281-296). New York City: Springer.


National Science Foundation Noyce Track 3 Grant, 2023-2028 ($1, 047, 523.00)

National Science Foundation Noyce Capacity Building Grant, 2021-2023 ($121,211)

Chicago Service Learning and Civic Education Consortium Fellowship, 2018-2019 ($1,500)

Northeastern Illinois University Summer Research Stipend, 2018 ($5,000)


Languages: Spanish (proficient), Portuguese (Brazilian, conversational), Kiswahili (Zanzibari, basic knowledge), Quichua (Ecuadorian, basic knowledge).

Teacher Licensure: 6-12, in History (1999), Spanish (1999), and English as a Second Language (2008)

Additional Information

Selected Presentations and Workshops

Dawley-Carr, J. R., Harrell, K., & Lam, S. (2023, May). Teaching about Elections. Paper to presented at the Annual Conference of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece.

Dawley-Carr, J. R. (2021, April). Civics education in a divided nation. Interactive talk given at the Fourth Annual Civics Summit sponsored by the Service Learning and Civic Education Consortium, Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

Dawley-Carr & Chaudhri. (2019, April). Discussion and facilitation with pre-service teachers. Service Learning and Civic Education Consortium’s Civics Summit. Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

Chaudhri, A. & Dawley-Carr, J.R. (2019, June). Controversial discussion in the classroom. Workshop sponsored by Service Learning and Civic Education Consortium for pre-service teachers at Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

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