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I am an education historian.  Most of my colleagues know me as someone who has studied American Indian histories and their corresponding education policy histories.  After studying this field for a number of years, and having tinkered with a variety of different digital and analog platforms, I am increasingly interested in how people keep knowledge about the past and what that means for learning formally and informally. With my interest in traces of learnings, I’m very curious about how researchers approach their studies, and in how people have discerned meaning and figured out different ways to live in their worlds.  There are many ways of doing so.

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I am the Dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education at the University of Montana in Missoula where I also serve as a professor with an affiliate status in the Department of History. I earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Indiana University in 2006. Before that, I was a high school social studies teacher in Littleton, Colorado. I have a Master of Arts degree in Instruction and Curriculum  and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.