Beth C.

Profile: Beth C. Rubin

Professor; Coordinator, Social Studies Education Program

As an educational researcher, I use a sociocultural frameworks and qualitative tools to investigate how young people develop, both as learners and as citizens, amid the interwoven contexts of classroom, school, and community. I explore, through school based ethnographic study, how youth civic identity and belonging take shape within local contexts marked by history, culture, politics and economics. I also work with teachers to design and study curricular and pedagogical innovations that attend to the complexities of youth civic learning at the intersection of classroom practices and larger social inequalities.

I design my classroom - both in my early career teaching secondary school social studies and now, training new teachers and educational researchers in social studies education, urban education, and qualitative research methods - for active learning, critical thinking and an interweave of theory and practice. I co-founded the GSE’s Urban Teaching Fellows program to cultivate thoughtful, outstanding urban educators.

Professional Affiliations

American Educational Research Association
American Anthropological Association
College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies

Recent Grants

2017 New Brunswick-Rutgers Collaborative Research Grant

2014 GAIA Grant

2013 Fulbright Scholar Award

2011 Schumann Family Foundation, Research Grant

2009 Overbrook Foundation, Research Grant

2009 CESEP Public Scholarship and Service Learning Curriculum Development Grant

2007 Spencer Foundation Research Grant

2004 Institute for Research on Women Fellowship, Rutgers University

2004 Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Research Grant

2003-2005 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship


  • Phone: 
    (848) 932-0677
  • Office Address: 
    10 Seminary Place
    Room 15A
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  • Office Hours: 
    By appointment