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Brian W. Dotts

  • Clinical Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Critical Studies)

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Office Location

603-B Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602


Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Education Policy and Politics
  • Critical Theory
  • American Politics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Multiculturalism

Research Interests

  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Critical Theory
  • History of Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social Justice

Programs of Study

Research Summary

Brian W. Dotts, PhD, is a non-tenure-track Professor of Educational Foundations, University of Georgia. He has published peer-reviewed books and papers in the history of American Education, specifically focusing on educational and political theories during the American Revolution and early national period, common school politics during the Antebellum Era, John Dewey and Social Reconstructionism during the early twentieth century, and educational foundations as an academic field. Dotts' research also focues on multiculturalism and the school privatization movement.

Dotts teaches and has coordinated the College's Educational Foundations courses, and he is a member of the graduate faculty. Dotts teaches foundations courses for the College of Education and is physically housed in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice following the deactivation of the College's Social Foundations Program within which he was hired. He prepared and mentored Social Foundations doctoral students over the years until the last student graduated in 2018. Since then, he is only required to teach undergraduate social foundations courses, and his research and publishing will come to an end in 2020.


Selected Publications


  • Dotts, Brian W. (In progress). Sculpting Human Identity: Social and Legal Constructions in a Multicultural World.

  • Dotts, Brian W. (2018). Educational Foundations: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. London, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • Holowchak, M. Andrew and Dotts, Brian W. (Eds.) The Elusive Thomas Jefferson: Essays on the Man Behind the Myths. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2017.

  • Dotts, Brian W. The Political Education of Democratus: Negotiating Civic Virtue during the Early Republic. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.


-Brian W. Dotts. (2020). The Federalist Society, the Institute for Justice, and the School Choice Agenda. In Kathleen deMarrais, Brigette Herron, and Janie Copple's Conservative Philanthropies: Ideologies and Actions Shaping U.S. Educational Policy and Practice. Gorham, ME: Myers Education Press.

-Brian W. Dotts. (2020). The Sun Never Sets on the Global Privatization Movement: A Return to the Heart of Darkness in a Neoliberal and Neoimperialist World. In The Sage Handbook of Critical Pedagogies. Edited by Shirley R. Steinberg and Barry Down. Volume I of III. London, UK: Sage Publications.

-Atkinson, Jamie C. and Brian W. Dotts. (2019). Impacting classrooms with privatized graduate schools: An analysis of Relay Graduate School. In T. J. Brewer & C. Lubienski, Learning to Teach in an Era of Privatization: Global Trends in Teacher Preparation. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

•Dotts, Brian W. (2017). The Apostle of Whig History: Thomas Jefferson's Reliance on the Ancient Saxon Constitution. In The Elusive Thomas Jefferson: Essays on the Man Beyond the Myths. Edited by M. Andrew Holowchak and Brian W. Dotts. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2017.

-Dotts, Brian W. Cato's Resolve and the Revolutionary Spirit: Political Education, Civic Action, and the Democratic-Republican Societies of the 1790s. In Donald Warren and John Patrick (Eds.). Moral and Civic Learning in the United States (pp. 33-50). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Journal Articles

  • Dotts, Brian W. (In progress). Ward Schools: The True Corrective Power of Constitutional Abuses in Jefferson's Republic.

  • Dotts, Brian W. (2017). Tacitus: "The Greatest Enemy to Tyrants": History as Moral Instruction. The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times 1, no. 1 (2017): 71-82.

  • Dotts, Brian W. Dewey Anticipates Habermas's Paradigm of Communication: The Critique of Individualism and the Basis for Moral Authority in "Democratic Education." Education and Culture: The Journal of the John Dewey Society 32, no. 1, Article 9 (2016): 111-129. Reprinted in Ruth Heilbronn, Christine Doddington, Rupert HIgham (Eds.). (2018). Dewey and Education in the 21st Century: Fighting Back (pp. 161-181). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018.

  • Dotts, Brian W. Education as Instrument or as Empowerment? Untangling White Privilege in the Politics of Ethnic Studies -The Tucson Unified School District. Multicultural Education 22 nos. 3 & 4, (Spring/Summer 2015): 35-38.

  • Dotts, Brian W. Social Foundations in Exile: How Dare the School Build a New Social Order. A special issue on "The Importance of Standards, Professionalization, and the Preservation of Social Foundations of Education in PK-12 Teacher Preparation and Higher Education." Journal of Educational Foundations 28 nos. 1-4 (2015): 51-72.

  • Dotts, Brian W. Beyond the Schoolhouse Door: Educating the Political Animal in Jefferson's Little Republics. Democracy and Education 23 no. 1 (2015): 1-40.

  • Dotts, Brian W. Schooling in the 'Iron Cage' and the Crucial Role of Interpretive, Normative, and Critical Perspectives in Social Foundations Studies. Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association 49, no. 2 (2013): 148-168.

  • Dotts, Brian W. 'Making Rome Appear More Roman': Common Schooling and the Whig Response to Jacksonianism. Journal of Philosophy and History of Education 62 no. 1 (2012): 207-226.

  • Dotts, Brian W. The Democratic-Republican Societies: An Educational Dream Deferred. Educational Horizons 88 no. 3 (2010): 179-192.

Resident Instruction


  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education

  • EDUC 2110 (Honors) Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education

  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Issues in Diversity

  • EDUC 2120 (Honors) Exploring Socio-Cultural Issues in Diversity


  • EFND 6000 Special Problems in Social Foundations of Education

  • EFND 7040 History of Education in the United States

  • ETAP/QUAL 8100 Historical Inquiry and Research Methods (this course was created in 2018 by Dr. Dotts upon request)

  • EFND 8060 Social and Political Philosophies of Education

  • FYOS 1001 The Education of Winston Smith and Napoleon: Critical Thinking in the Novels of George Orwell (First Year Odyssey Seminar)

Current and Past Editorial Membership

-Journal of Educational Foundations -Education Law & Policy Review -The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times -The Journal of Philosophy and History of Education

University Affiliations

  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Justice, Civil and Human Rights
  • Affiliate Faculty, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute
  • Affiliate Faculty, Qualitative Research Program
  • Affiliate Faculty, Education Policy


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD History, Philosophy, and Policy Studies in Education Indiana University 2005
MA Political Science Boston College 1992
BA Political Science Indiana University Southeast 1990

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2020 Outstanding Book Award Society of Professors of Education
2018 Special Collections Libraries Faculty Teaching Fellow Special Collections Libraries, University of Georgia
2016 Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow Award College of Education, University of Georgia
2014 Donald O. Schneider Mentoring Award College of Education, University of Georgia