Ryan Hughes

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department

Ryan Hughes headshot

Assistant Professor
Email: rehughe2@uncg.edu
Office: 480 SOE Building

Research Interest

Elementary social studies, History education, Students’ thinking about the past, Inquiry learning, Disciplinary literacy


  • Ph.D. in Teaching and Teacher Education, University of Michigan
  • M.A. in Teaching of Social Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A. in History, San Francisco State University


Ryan Hughes teaches courses in elementary school social studies methods focused on preparing early career teachers to teach social studies through inquiry. His research interests include students’ disciplinary thinking in history, inquiry pedagogy, and how students connect their study of the past to their own lives and identities in the present. His most recent research project explored how third grade students in the Midwest learned difficult African American history (i.e., enslavement) through inquiry. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ryan taught elementary school in San Francisco for eight years prior to his doctoral studies.

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