Profile: Benjamin Justice | Graduate School of Education

Profile: Benjamin Justice

Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration


I am an historian interested in American education. My research is wide-ranging, from colonial times to present, engaging a variety of themes at the intersection between the state and its constituent people. This includes problems of religious and cultural diversity, civic identity formation, education in non-schooling settings, and education as an imperial policy. I teach courses on the history of education, history education, and co-coordinate the Social Studies Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers.


Professional Affiliations:

American Educational Research Association
American Historical Association
History of Education Society

  • Departments

    Department of Educational Theory, Policy & Administration

  • Associated Programs

    Ph.D. Concentration in Theory, Organization & Policy

    Social Studies Education

  • Courses Taught

    Analysis of Social Studies Curricula

    History of African-American Education (Issues in African-American Studies)

    History of American Education

    History of School Reform

    Introduction to Social Studies Education

    Workshop in Social Studies

  • Education

    B.A., History, Yale University
    M.A., History, Stanford University 
    Ph.D., Education (History of Education), Stanford University

  • Publications

    Select recent publications:

    ·      Benjamin Justice and Colin MacLeodHave a Little Faith: Religion, Democracy and the American Public School (2016).

    ·      Benjamin Justice (ed), The Founding Fathers, Education, and the Great Contest: The American Philosophical Society Essay Prize of 1797. (2013).

    ·      Benjamin Justice, "Settler Colony on the Hudson: What history and theory tell us about the education crisis in East Ramapo, New York," Theory and Research in Education  14:2 (2016).

    ·      Benjamin Justice, "The Originalist Case Against Vouchers: The First Amendment, Religion, and American Public Education," Stanford Law and Policy Review 26:2 (2015).

    ·      Benjamin Justice and Tracey Meares, "How the Criminal Justice System Educates Citizens," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (January, 2014).

  • Awards

    2016 Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Gold Award Winner for Rutgers: a 250th Anniversary Portrait (contributing author).2014 Critics Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association

    2010 Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Rutgers Graduate School of Education Alumni Association

    2008 Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, 

    2008 Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Researcher (ER), American Education Research Association

    2006 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Rutgers Graduate School of Education Alumni Association

    2006 Finalist, Outstanding Book Award, by the History of Education Society

    2005-06 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow

    2005 Researcher of the Year: Annual Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the Archives of New York State, State Education Department/University of the State of New York 

    2000–01 Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Foundation 

    2000 Larry J. Hackman Research Fellow, New York State Archives

    1990 Winston Townsend Prize for excellence in English composition, English Department, Yale University 

  • Expertise

    History Education
    Social Studies Education
    Criminal Justice


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