MA in History of Education


James Fraser

Director, History of Education Program
Professor of History and Education

James W. Fraser, Professor of History and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, holds a joint appointment in the departments of Humanities & Social Sciences and Teaching and Learning. Fraser’s teaching and research is motivated by his concern with the challenges facing future Social Studies and History teachers who must find ways of engaging sometimes bored students with American and world history. His most recent book, By the People: A History of the United States is designed to help make U.S. History courses more lively with a focus on the agency of everyday Americans of many different communities, times, and places. Fraser’s work also reflects his concern with complex debates about the place of religion in public schools, especially in the United States, but also internationally. He has written, taught, and consulted about the state of teacher education in the United States and elsewhere and also written and spoken about the future of the History of Education as an academic field of study. Fraser is the president of the History of Education Society for 2013-2014. He has served on the Editorial Board of the History of Education Quarterly and as the NYU liaison to New Design High School, a public high school in New York’s Lower East Side, and to Facing History and Ourselves. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the NYU Department of Teaching and Learning and serves on the committees responsible for the NYU programs in London, England and Accra, Ghana.

Mike Amezcua

Assistant Professor of History and UrbanStudies

Mike Amezcua is an Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He earned a BA with honors in History and Chicana and Chicano Studies from UCLA and received both his MA and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Amezcua joined the NYU faculty in 2018 after four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of History. He specializes in modern United States history, Latinx history, metropolitan studies, race and immigration, and politics and culture. His work has been published in the Journal of American History and the Journal of Social History. He is currently revising his first book manuscript on the history of Mexican Chicago from World War II to the present, with a focus on place-making and battles over housing, segregation and gentrification. He has earned fellowships from the following: Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UC San Diego, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University, and the Ann Plato Dissertation Fellowship at Trinity College among others. Originally from Los Angeles, where he grew up in the communities of mid-city and south LA, he is the son of Mexican immigrants.