Robert Dahlgren, Ph.D.
Office: TH E270 Phone: (716) 673-3701
Dr. Robert Dahlgren received his Ph.D. in social studies education from the University
of Florida in August 2008. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he taught social
studies in K-12 public schools in the Boston, Massachusetts and Jacksonville, Florida
areas for seven years. In addition, he taught in the Graduate Education department
of Simmons College in Boston for two years and in the College of Education at Miyazaki
University in Japan for three years. In his undergraduate and graduate level courses,
Dr. Dahlgren’s goal is to provide practical instruction for pre-service teachers in
order to inspire them to teach students to be life-long learners in the social studies.
Dr. Dahlgren’s research interests are driven by the insights that he gained for his
teaching experiences and by the desire to provide a voice for social studies teachers.
His primary research interest is in academic freedom and controversy, which he views
as among the most pressing concerns for high school social studies teachers. His doctoral
dissertation concerned the experiences of public high school teachers in Florida with
teaching controversial public issues. He will be developing several models for successful
teaching of controversy in the social studies. In addition, he has teaching interests
in the social foundations of education, philosophy of education and comparative education.
Dr. Dahlgren is currently working on a book for Palgrave Macmillan on the influence
of negative film images of public schools and teachers on neo-liberal education policy.