Historical Perspectives on the DeVos Department of Education

Solicited by the History of Education Society

Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Business and Economy; Education; Politics


This panel draws on the diverse expertise of four scholars to historicize the past several years of federal education policy. Exploring the yet-unfinished term of U.S. Department of Education secretary Betsy DeVos, the panel will distinguish what is new, and place other aspects of present policy activity on a historical trajectory. In doing so, the aim is to initiate inquiry into new lines of research and reinvigorate established ones by illustrating their relevance to pressing contemporary issues. The panel will consider the DeVos administration work on K–12 funding, higher education deregulation, African American education, and work force development initiatives.

Session Participants

Chair and Commentator: Ethan Hutt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Panelist: A.J. Angulo, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Panelist: Cristina Viviana Groeger, Lake Forest College

Panelist: Jack Schneider, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Panelist: Adah L. Ward Randolph, Ohio University