Whitney Blankenship

Henry Barnard School (HBS)
(401) 456-8503

Academic Background

B.S. , Applied Sociology, Texas State University
M.A., History, Texas State University
Ph.D. , Social Studies Education, The University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Blankenship earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2010 in Social Studies Education. Prior to her move to higher education, Dr. Blankenship taught history and social studies at the secondary level for seventeen years. She joined the faculty of Rhode Island College in the fall of 2012 where she currently teaches in the Departments of Educational Studies and History.

Her current research projects include examining the development of citizenship curricula during World War II and the early Cold War era; developing an online, place-based World War II curriculum utilizing oral histories and personal archives of local veterans, and investigating the uses of place-based curricula in social studies teacher education and secondary social studies classrooms. She also works with the Providence Independence Trail as educational specialist assisting in the development of educational tours and curricula.


Blankenship, W.G, Reidel, M and Sullivan, Caroline C. (2016). Teaching These Students in This Place: Exploring Place in Social Studies Teacher Education in Crowe, A.R. & Cuera, A.  (ed.), Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education in the Twenty-First Century.

Blankenship, W.G. (2016). “Breaking Down the Barriers: The Unintended Consequences of World War II & the Victory Corps at Austin High School, 1942-1943. American Education History Journal (Organization of Educational Historians)

Blankenship, W.G. (2015) “Social Studies Goes to War: An Analysis of the Pre-Induction Social Studies Curriculum of the Providence Public Schools.” American Education History Journal (Organization of Educational Historians), 42, (1/2): 65-78

Blankenship, W.G. (2016). “Talking It Out: Online Discussion Forums in the Social Studies Classroom.” Social Studies Research & Practice, v11, issue 1.

Blankenship, W.G. (December, 2015). Teaching and Assessing Historical Thinking: Reading Like a Historian & Beyond the Bubble. Theory & Research in Social Studies Education, v. 43, issue 4.

Blankenship, W.G. and Salinas, C. (2013) Disrupting the Narrative: The Development of Historical Narratives in Online Discussion Forums. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, (Research Center for Educational Technology), 9 (1): 74-93.

Blankenship, W.G. (2009) Making Connections: Using online discussion forums to engage students in historical inquiry. Social Education, (National Council for the Social Studies), 73 (3).

Blankenship, W.G. (2009) Education for Victory: Pre-Induction Training at Austin High School. Curriculum History, (Society for the Study of Curriculum History).

Courses Taught

HIST 107: Multiple Voices: The U.S. and the World
HIST 201: U.S. History to 1877
HIST 202: U.S. History from 1877 to Present

FYS 100: Chasing the American Dream
FYS 100: Hollywood History
FYS 100: The Spies Dilemma (Fall, 2017)

SED 406: Instructional Methods, Design and Technology
SED 407: Instructional Methods, Design and Literacy
SED 411: Social Studies Content and Pedagogy in Secondary Education
SED 412: Field Practicum in Secondary Education
SED 421: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools/Social Studies
SED 422: Seminar in Student Teaching/Social Studies
SED 506: Survey of Instructional Design
SED 507: Instructional Design and Literacy
INST 516: Integrating Technology into Instruction

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