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 and history education, and direct 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


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

Expertise & Research Interest

History Education
Social Studies Education
Criminal Justice

Recent & Selected Publications


Benjamin Justice and Colin MacLeod, Have a Little Faith: Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School (Chicago, 2016).

Benjamin Justice (ed), The Founding Fathers, Education, and the Great Contest: The American Philosophical Society Essay Prize of 1797. (Palgrave, 2013). Critics Choice Book Award Winner, AESA

Benjamin Justice, The War That Wasn’t: Religious Conflict and Compromise in the Common Schools of New York State, 1865-1900 (SUNY, 2005). Researcher of the Year, Board of Regents/New York State Archives; Finalist, Outstanding Book Award, History of Education Society

Select Articles:

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

Benjamin Justice, "When the Army Got Progressive: The Civil Affairs Training School at Stanford University, 1943-1945," History of Education Quarterly 51:3 (Fall 2011).