Joseph Watras, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Joseph L. Watras, Ph.D.


  • Full-Time Faculty

Courses Taught

  • EDT 305: History and Philosophy of Education
  • EDT 502: Philosophical Studies in Education


Ph.D., Foundations of Education, The Ohio State University

Professional Activities

  • American Educational Studies Association
  • Comparative Education Society
  • History of Education Society
  • International Standing Committee of History of Education
  • Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society

Research Interests

  • Curriculum history
  • Progressive education
  • Racial desegregation

Selected Publications


  • Watras, J. (2008). A History of American Education. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. (The American Educational Studies Association Nominated this book for a Critic's Choice Award in 2008.)
  • Woyshner, C., J. Watras, & M.S. Crocco, Eds. (2004). Social Education in the Twentieth Century: Curriculum and Context for Citizenship. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Watras, J. (2004). Philosophical Conflicts in Education, 1893-2000. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. (The American Educational Studies Association awarded this text the Critics' Choice Award.)
  • Watras, J. (2002). Educational Foundations of Curriculum and Diversity, 1569 to the present. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Watras, J. (1997). Politics, Race, and Schools: Racial Integration, 1954-1994. New York: Garland Publishing Company.