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William G. Wraga

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Office Location

309 River's Crossing
850 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum Theory and Development
  • History of Education
  • Social Studies Education

Research Interests

  • History of curriculum reform

Research Summary

Bill Wraga researches and writes in the areas of curriculum theory, development, policy, and history. He has examined the history of the comprehensive high school, interdisciplinary curricula, the activities of national education commissions, issue-centered education, the case method of instruction, team teaching, the general education movement, the lifework of Alexander James Inglis, classics education, life adjustment education, progressive education in the US and the UK, curriculum reform in the US South during the 1930s and 1940s, and the work of the pragmatic progressives. He has published two sole-authored books, three co-edited books, 13 chapters in books, over 60 journal articles, 23 book and essay reviews, and 24 contributions to scholarly reference works. He has published op-ed pieces and letters-to-editors on curriculum policy issues, including charter schools and the Common Core State Standards.


Bill Wraga worked for over fourteen years in New Jersey public schools as a teacher of social studies and English, high school department supervisor, and K-12 district program supervisor. He joined the University of Georgia faculty in 1995. He has taught courses in curriculum theory, development, policy, and history, in social studies education, and in the social foundations and history of education. He served as interim (founding) head of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy, where he led the development and approval of a new Ph.D. program. In 2007 he received the Russell H. Yeany, Jr., Research Award from the College of Education. He has consulted for various national, state, and local educational agencies. He has served in numerous roles for professional associations and learned societies, including as president of the AERA Research in Social Studies Education SIG, president of the Society for the Study of Curriculum History, factotum of Professors of Curriculum, and president of the Society of Professors of Education.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ed.D. Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Rutgers University 1991
M.A.T. History University of Chicago 1980
A.B. American Cultural History (Individualized) Rutgers College 1979

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2007 Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award College of Education, University of Georgia