Key Professional Appointments

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Awards, Honors, Associations

2018 Critics Choice Book Award (American Educational Studies Association), American Educational Studies Association, 2018

2017 New Scholars Book Award (American Educational Research Association, Division F, History), American Educational Research Association, 2017


Hale, J. N. (Accepted/In press). “A New Kind of Youth”: The Politics and Evolution of Black High School Student Activism. University of North Carolina Press.

Hale, J. N. (2021). The Choice We Face: The Origins of School Choice and the Demise of Public Education. Beacon Press.

Hale, J. N. (2020). On Race, Teacher Activism and the Right to Work: Historicizing the ‘Red for Ed’ Movement in the American South. West Virginia Law Review , 121(3), 851-882.

Hale, J. N. (2020). On the Methods and Methodologies of Historical Studies in Education. In T. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Handbook of Historical Studies in Education: Debates, Tensions, and Directions (pp. 833-846). (Springer International Handbooks of Education). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2362-0_49  link >

Hale, J. N., & Bethlenfalvy , A. (2020). “To Speak a Book”: Lessons from Myles Horton and Paulo Freire’s We Make the Road by Walking. In J. D. Kirylo (Ed.), Reinventing Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (pp. 115-125). Bloomsbury Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350117211.ch-011  link >

Hale, J. N. (2019). On Slavery and the Racialization of Teaching Practices. In P. M. Jenlink (Ed.), Teacher Preparation at the Intersection of Race and Poverty in Today's Schools Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Hale, J. N. (2019). ‘We are not merging on an equal basis’: the desegregation of southern teacher associations and the right to work, 1945–1977. Labor History, 60(5), 463-481. https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2018.1561103  link >

Hale, J. N. (2018). Future foot soldiers or budding criminals? The dynamics of high school student activism in the southern black freedom struggle. Journal of Southern History, 84(3), 615-652. https://doi.org/10.1353/soh.2018.0165  link >

Hale, J., & Cooper, C. (2018). Lowcountry, High Demands: The Struggle for Quality Education in Charleston, South Carolina. In V. S. Johnson, G. Graml, & P. W. Lessane (Eds.), Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging, and Civil Rights (pp. 154-174). Liverpool University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1ps31v4.14  link >

Hale, J. (2018). “The development of power is the main business of the school”: The agency of southern black teacher associations from Jim Crow through desegregation. Journal of Negro Education, 87(4), 444-459. https://doi.org/10.7709/jnegroeducation.87.4.0444  link >

O’Byrne, W. I., & Hale, J. (2018). Employing digital spaces to resist harmful discourses: intersections of learning, technology, and politics showing up in the lowcountry. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(4), 390-399. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2018.1498351  link >

Hale, J. N. (2016). Reconstructing the Southern Landscape: The History of Education and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Charleston, South Carolina. History of Education Quarterly, 56(1), 163-171. https://doi.org/10.1111/hoeq.12158  link >

Hale, J. (2016). The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Columbia University Press. https://doi.org/10.7312/hale17568  link >

Hale, J. N. (2015). “We Declare Independence from the Unjust Laws of Mississippi”: The Freedom Schools, Head Start and the Reconstruction of Education during the Civil Rights Movement. In D. Danns, M. A. Purdy, & C. M. Span (Eds.), Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History (Research on African American Education). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Sturkey, W., & Hale, J. N. (Eds.) (2015). To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools. (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies). University Press of Mississippi. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt12880p8

Hale, J. (2013). "The Fight Was Instilled in Us": High School Student Activism and the Civil Rights Movement in Charleston, South Carolina. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, 114(1), 4-28. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23645439

Hale, J. N. (2012). The Struggle Begins Early: Head Start and the Mississippi Freedom Movement. History of Education Quarterly, 52(4), 506-534. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-5959.2012.00418.x  link >

Hale, J. N. (2011). The Freedom Schools, the Civil Rights Movement, and Refocusing the Goals of American Education. Journal of Social Studies Research, 35(2), 259-276.

Hale, J. (2011). “The Student as a Force for Social Change”: The Mississippi Freedom Schools and Student Engagement. Journal of African American History, 96(3), 325-347. https://doi.org/10.5323/jafriamerhist.96.3.0325  link >


Undergraduate Honors Research (CI 205) Course focuses on reading/understanding education research and working with a College of Education faculty mentor on a small research project. Student projects will be presented at the Spring Campus Undergraduate Research Symposium. Classes initially will be led by the instructor, but later will be conducted as a seminar with students leading discussions on the topic of their research. To the extent possible, students will select readings and research topics of personal interest.

Intro Tchg in a Diverse Societ (CI 401) Orients the student to ways in which English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies is learned in high school settings. Integrates an introduction to the use of technology as both a tool and a context for teaching and learning. As participants in a series of learning activities, students will reflect on the teaching and learning of English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies from an inquiry oriented perspective. Coursework is integrated with a high school field experience to connect theory with practice in an examination of research and current trends in English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies education. Synchronous attendance required. Moodle LMS. Section T: Reserved for students in Social Studies Education

Tchg Diverse High School Stu (CI 403) Examines the curriculum and philosophy of teaching students in high school grades. Students will focus on a number of related topics including teaching a diverse student population, including all students in instruction, using technology for teaching high school English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and alternative means of assessing students' learning. Seminar content will be integrated with coursework in instructional technology, assessment, and special education with high school students. Coursework is integrated with a high school field experience. Students in Social Studies Education only.

History of American Education (EPOL 401) Development of American education in relation to political, social, and cultural developments; attention to the influence of movements in the cultural environment upon evolving conceptions of educational theory and practice.

Historical and Social Barriers (EPOL 403) Synchronous attendance required. Moodle LMS.

Independent Study (EPOL 595) Offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.

History of American Education (EPS 400)

Historical and Social Barriers (EPS 405) Examines the relationship between ability, race, class, and gender to citizenship and schooling. Particular emphasis is placed on how the construction of "citizenship" has been used as a tool to further deny equal participation in the public sphere such as schools. To that end, an application of historical understanding of social barriers to educational access is analyzed from the Colonial period to the present.

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