Harper B. Keenan recently completed his doctorate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in Leadership in Teacher Education with the Stanford Teacher Education Program this year.
Harper's work examines the social curriculum of childhood. Specifically, he studies the role of children’s learning experiences in (re)producing or interrupting dominant ideology about topics like nationalism, gender, race, and violence. His primary goals as an academic are to help shape the teaching and learning of young children and their educators, and to shift public thinking about children and childhood. Harper seeks to engage young students in authentic inquiry that is rigorous, complex, and grounded in social experience.
Harper's research interests include curriculum studies, queer/trans pedagogies, history and social science education, critical pedagogy, early childhood and elementary education, and teacher education.