Harper B. Keenan is an educator, writer, and researcher. He 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 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. His research investigates social and historical learning in elementary schools. In particular, Harper's work examines the role of early formal learning experiences in (re)producing or interrupting dominant ideology about topics like nationalism, gender, race, and violence. In thinking about curriculum, Harper seeks to engage young students in authentic social and historical inquiry that is rigorous and complex.
More broadly, Harper's research interests include curriculum studies, queer/trans pedagogies, history and social science education, critical pedagogy, elementary education, and teacher education.