Education for democracy and global citizenship; history of U.S. schooling; qualitative research methods, including oral history, life history, narrative inquiry and autobiography.
Kelley King is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of North Texas. She conducts research on the history and culture of education and educator preparation in the United States. Key themes across her work include the impact of education reform efforts on teachers' lived experiences and understanding of their work and the development of democratic praxis, global citizenship, and intercultural competence for educators and P-12 students. Her book, "Call Her a Citizen: The Life of Progressive Educator-Activist Anna J. H. Pennybacker," was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2010
Before joining the faculty at UNT in 2006, Dr. King lived in the Austin area, where she supervised student teachers and taught special education and English Language Arts and Reading at the elementary and secondary levels. Her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also completed a portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master's degree in Learning Technologies-Multimedia from Texas A&M University at Commerce.