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Office Location

110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Education

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
2016 Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow Award College of Education, University of Georgia
2014 Donald O. Schneider Mentoring Award College of Education, University of Georgia

Areas of Expertise

  • history of education
  • philosophy of education
  • politics of education
  • critical theory
  • american politics
  • constitutional law

Research Interests

  • critical theory
  • social foundations of education as a field of study
  • history of american revolution and antebellum era
  • history of ideas
  • historiography
  • multiculturalism and social justice

Research Summary

Brian W. Dotts, PhD, is an Associate Professor of educational foundations, University of Georgia. (Note of clarification: Although identified as "clinical" faculty, Dr. Dotts focuses solely on academic scholarship and teaching. He has never conducted clinical work. Moreover, despite UGA's Research I institutional status, Dotts is part of a growing non-tenure-track faculty in the College of Education who maintain a -tenure-track workload.) He has published peer-reviewed 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. He is completing work on his third book.

Editorial Membership:

The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times

The Journal of Philosophy and History of Education

Biography

Selected Publications

Books

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

  • Dotts, Brian W. (Forthcoming). Education and Schooling as Sites of Philosophical, Historical, and Ideological Conflict. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • Holowchak, M. Andrew and Dotts, Brian W. (Eds.) The Elusive Thomas Jefferson: Essays on the Man Behind the Myths. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2017. http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-1-4766-6925-0

  • Dotts, Brian W. The Political Education of Democratus: Negotiating Civic Virtue during the Early Republic. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2012. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739167205/The-Political-Education-of-Democratus-Negotiating-Civic-Virtue-during-the-Early-Republic

Chapters

•Dotts, Brian W. and Jamie Atkinson. (Forthcoming). Iraq and American Education Intervention. In International Handbook of Critical Pedagogies. Edited by Shirley R. Steinberg, Barry Down, Sandy Grande, and Dara Nix-Stevenson, Three Volumes. New York: Sage Publications.

•Dotts, Brian W. (Forthcoming). 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. (Forthcoming). Tacitus: "The Greatest Enemy to Tyrants": Textbook of Moral Virtue. The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times 1, no. 1 (2017).

  • 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.

  • 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. http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol23/iss1/5

  • 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

  • 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)

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