Patrick Keegan

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Patrick Keegan


Patrick Keegan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. He received a PhD in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Government from Wesleyan University.

He conducts research with newcomer immigrant youth to learn how they enact citizenship in their everyday social lives. Working across the disciplines of anthropology, critical geography and political theory, he explores how citizenship is both constitutive of a sense of place, and the ways in which civic actions and identities are rooted in a sense of belonging in places. Motivating this work is the preparation of pre-service social studies teachers to deliver civics instruction that is responsive to the needs of young people whose sense of belonging transcends the boundaries of individual nation-states. As a Residency Director and social studies content mentor in NYU's Embedded MAT Program, he supports the development of culturally responsive and place-conscious social studies educators and teacher leaders in urban, high-needs settings.

Before joining the faculty at NYU, he was an instructor in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Teachers College, he was the recipient of a Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship and a Vice President’s Grant for Student Research in Diversity. He has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College, CUNY.