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Jon Hale

Assistant Professor

Address: 86 Wentworth Street, #235
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00-10:30; 12:00-1:30; 3:00-5:00; and 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.

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)

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


The Freedom Schools: A History of Student Activists on the Frontlines of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (book manuscript under review)

The Freedom School Newspapers: Writings, Essays and Reports from Student Activists During the Civil Rights Movement, edited by William Sturkey and Jon Hale (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2014)

“The Civil Rights Movement and the Struggle for Quality Education: the Freedom Schools and the Head Start Program in Mississippi, 1964-1970” in Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History (Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, forthcoming 2014)

“Learning to Protest: High School Activism and the Civil Rights Movement” (under review)

“’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.