The history of teachers in Indiana, the United States, and abroad has largely been a story about how women have shaped their country’s political culture, notably during the late 19th Century and beyond.

IU School of Education students use our resources to examine critical questions about teaching identities such as: “How did it matter that America’s school children learned civics at the feet of teachers in the 19th Century who probably could not vote, hold federal office, own or inherit property, and serve on juries?”

But educational research is not just focused on teacher education. Scholars have expanded previous lines of educational research to embrace scholarship done for/with individuals who identify as women and/or girls. Our exhibit showcases research and methods of School of Education affiliates who are committed to the rights, stories, and/or experiences of girls and women. Their words have power.

(With special thanks to Dean Emeritus Donald Warren for his contributions related to curriculum history.)


The Feminist Research Collective: Women We Love

The Feminist Research Collective is a diverse group of women who “do academia differently.” While publications are a part of the group’s work, their central project is Women We Love that features the lives of “ordinary” women around the globe. Their scholarship spotlights women that have been “systematically ignored, discounted, [and] invalidated.” Learn more about their scholarship in our interview with them.

Read monographs with contributions from Dr. Barbara Dennis and Lucinda Carspecken or email us to learn how to access their academic articles:

Dr. Stephanie Power Carter

We are honored to promote scholarship of significance written by Dr. Stephanie Power Carter, an Affiliated Scholar and former Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at the IU School of Education. Dr. Power Carter is a community engaged scholar and centers her scholarship on Black youth, particularly the stories and experiences of Black young women. She examines the role of silence as a communicative tool, especially for women and girls in marginalized communities. As a part of her comprehensive commitment to community, Dr. Power Carter organized and led “Sistahs Who Care,” a mentoring program in Bloomington, Indiana high schools and is also a former director of the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center.

To learn how to access to Dr. Power Carter’s peer-reviewed scholarship, email us directly:

Learn more about her scholarship in our interview with her.

Dr. Enid Zimmerman

We are proud to host scholarship of significance written by Dr. Enid Zimmerman, Emerita Faculty from the School of Education. We feature her in our Her Words Have Power online exhibit, because she co-edited the first contemporary book on women in art education, and her scholarly models have informed art education communities for decades.

Dr. Zimmerman is one of four recipients of the Elliot Eisner Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art Education. In 2019, Dr. Zimmerman received the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Art Educator of the Year Award and the Women’s Caucus McFee Award. Although she has actively created a scholarly legacy, she has also been an instrumental mentor to practitioners and scholars both inside and outside the School of Education. For Dr. Zimmerman, mentoring other women is a reciprocal relationship in which she continues to gain as much as she shares.

See these materials in IUCAT written by Dr. Zimmerman.

Learn more about her scholarship in our interview with her.

To learn how to access to Dr. Zimmerman’s peer-reviewed scholarship, email us directly: