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Elizabeth Wurzburg

Clinical Assistant Professor    Field Placement Coordinator    

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Theory and Practice, The University of Georgia, 2015
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, The University of Georgia, 2014
Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Policy, The University of Georgia, 2011
Masters of Arts in Special Education, Piedmont College, 2009
Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Piedmont College, 2006


Manifestations of neoliberalism in education
Poststructural and feminist qualitative inquiry
New Material Feminist Theory
Early childhood and elementary teacher education


Elizabeth (Beth) Wurzburg is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and field placement coordinator for the Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education in the College of Education and Human Development. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice with an emphasis in teacher education and elementary education at the University of Georgia in 2015.

Theoretically situated at the intersections of feminism and poststructuralism, her research interests include investigating the working lives of women elementary school teachers and the manifestations of neoliberalism in P-12 and teacher education. She is one of three co-creators of a YouTube series called Three Minute Theory (3MT) that produces introductions to complex theoretical concepts. Through this project, she and her colleagues aim to challenge the theory/practice divide in education, make theory more accessible and produce engaging videos that insight curiosity about how theory informs what becomes possible in our every-day lives.

She has presented at national and international conferences including the American Educational Research Association, Gender and Education and the National Women’s Studies Association.


Schmeichel, M., Sharma, A., and Pittard, E. A. (2017). “Contours of neoliberalism in U.S. empirical education research.” Curriculum Inquiry. doi: 10.1080/03626784.2017.1283592.

Pittard, E. A. (2017). “Gettin’ a little crafty: Teachers Pay Teachers©, Pinterest©and neoliberalism in new materialist feminist research.Gender and Education. 29(1), 28-47. doi: 10.1080/9540253.2016.1197380.

Jones, S., Thiel, J. Davila, D., Pittard, E. A., Woglom, J. F., Zhou, X., Brown, T., and Snow, M. (2016). “Bodies, space, and the politics of childhood: Drawing on childhood geographies to make sense of the political acts of educational research and practice.” American Educational Research Journal, 53 (4), 1126-1158. doi: 10.3102/0002831216655221.