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Jon Hale

Assistant Professor

Address: 86 Wentworth Street, #235
Office Hours: by appointment
Phone: 843.953.6345

Research Interests

My research examines the history of American education during the Civil Rights Movement. It specifically examines the history of student and teacher activism and grassroots educational reform. My research has thus far examined the history of the Mississippi Freedom Schools, the intersection of grassroots civil rights organization and Head Start, high school student activism in Charleston, SC, and the role of the NAACP Youth Council and African American teacher associations. My service is connected broadly to civil rights education initiatives connected to the Quality Education Project, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, the Freedom Schools, the Algebra Project, and the Young People’s Project. I currently serves on an advisory board at the IP Stanback Museum at South Carolina State University and the Penn Center on St. Helena Island in South Carolina.

Courses Taught

EDFS 201/652: Foundations of Education

EDFS 705: Reflective Practices and Professional Development

EDFS 685 (Independent Study): Critical Theory and Pedagogy

EDFS 702: Research and Development Project (the capstone research course)

FYSE/AAST 300: A History of Charleston and the Civil Rights Movement

HIST 310/AAST 300/EDUC 560: History of Education

HIST 403: A History of Student Activism

HIST 770: A History of African American Philanthropy

HONS 381: The History of the Civil Rights Movement

MTLA 601: Race, Class and Gender in American Education

MTLA 602: Critical Issues in Contemporary Education

MTLA 607: Teachers as Advocates for Children and Youth

Honors and Awards

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-2016

South Carolina Humanities Council, Winter 2014

College of Charleston, Center for Partnerships to Improve Education (CPIE), Fall 2011; Fall 2013

College of Charleston, National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Grant (Nominee), Summer 2013

College of Charleston, ExCEL Faculty of the Year, School of Education, 2012-2013

College of Charleston, Faculty Development Grant, Spring 2012

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, Fellow 2008-2009

University of Illinois College of Education, William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Award, Scholar 2008-2009


The Freedom Schools: A History of Student Activists on the Front Lines of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2016)

To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Freedom Schools edited with William Sturkey (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015)

“Lowcountry, High Standards: The Struggle for Quality Education in Charleston, South Carolina,” with Clerc Cooper, in Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights, edited by Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml and Patricia Williams Lessane (Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2016) 

“A Second Reconstruction of Education: The Civil Rights Educational Projects of the Mississippi Freedom Movement” in Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History (Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, 2015)

“It Only Takes a Spark to Get a Fire Going”: The Life and Legacy of a Legendary Educator, Lois A. Simms, 1920-2015 (work in progress, 2015)

“The Right to Work: A History of Teachers’ Labor and Organization in the South, 1880-1970,” (work in progress, 2015)

 “Learning to Protest: The High School Education of the Civil Rights Movement,” Journal of American History (Revise and Resubmit, January 2015)

"A History of Burke High School in Charleston, South Carolina, Since 1894," Lowcountry Digitial History Initiative (digital public history project, College of Charleston) (2014)

“’The Fight Was Instilled in Us’: High School Student Activism and the Civil Rights Movement in Charleston,” South Carolina Historical Magazine 114, no. 1 (January 2013); 4-28.

“The Struggle Begins Early: Head Start and the Mississippi Freedom Movement,” The History of Education Quarterly 52, no. 4 (November, 2012); 506-534.

 “The Student as a Force for Social Change”: Student Engagement in the Mississippi Freedom Schools, 1964-1965,” Journal of African American History 96, no. 3 (Summer, 2011): 325-348.

“The Freedom Schools, the Civil Rights Movement, and Refocusing the Goals of American Education,” The Journal of Social Studies Research 35, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 259-276.

"Early Pedagogical Influences on the Mississippi Freedom Schools: Myles Horton and Critical Education in the Deep South," American Educational History Journal 34, no. 2 (2007): 315-330.