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Chara Bohan


B.A. in History, Cornell University, 1988
M.A.T., Teachers College, Columbia University, 1990
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999


She teaches graduate courses in curriculum, research, educational inquiry, education history, and social studies education.


Chara Bohan is a professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. She is the program coordinator for the Doctor of Philosophy – Teaching and Learning with a Concentration in Social Studies Education degree. She has diverse teaching experiences in urban high needs schools as well as elite private secondary schools. She has more than 70 publications, which include research in leading journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, Educational Foundations, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Social Studies Research and Practice, Theory and Research in Social Education, and Vitae Scholasticae. She has also authored book chapters and book reviews.

Her most recent research focuses on gender and the social studies curriculum and the curriculum history of Atlanta Public Schools during the desegregation era. She has authored a book titled, Go to the Sources: Lucy Maynard Salmon and the Teaching of History (Peter Lang, 2004), and co-edited several books, including Histories of Social Studies and Race (Palgrave, 2012). She has facilitated two Teaching American History Grants (TAH) in both Texas and Georgia. She served as president of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum in 2014-2015.


Conner, C. J., and  Bohan, C.H. (2014). “The Second World War’s impact on the progressive education movement: Assessing its toll.” Journal of Social Studies Research, 38(2), 91-102.

Nix, J., and Bohan, C. H. (May/June 2013).  “Reaching across the color line: Margaret Mitchell and Benjamin Mays, an uncommon friendship.” Social Education, 77(3), 127–131. Retrieved from

Perrotta, K., and Bohan, C. H. (2013). “‘I Hate History!': A study on student engagement in community college undergraduate history courses.” Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 24(4), 49–75. Retrieved from

Woyshner, C., and Bohan, C. H. (Eds.) (2012). Histories of social studies and race, 1865–2000. Palgrave MacMillan. (231 pages)

Bohan, C. H., and Randolph, P. (2009). “The social studies curriculum in Atlanta Public Schools during the desegregation era.” Theory and Research in Social Education, 37(4), 543–569. Retrieved from

Bohan, C. H. (2004). Go to the sources: Lucy Maynard Salmon and the teaching of history. New York: Peter Lang. (192 pages)