Dr. Tommy Ender

Department, Office, or School
Department of Educational Studies
  • Assistant Professor

I earned my Ph.D. in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD, prior to arriving at RIC. Previously, I spent ten years teaching middle school and high school Social Studies. My current research examines the potential of counter-narratives as theory and pedagogy in social studies.


Ph.D. – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Ed. – University of New Hampshire
B.A. – Drew University

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Ender, T. (2019). Teaching the young lords party: The civil rights movement in the NYC metropolitan area. Teaching Social Studies, Summer/Fall 2019, 19(2), 109-116.

Ender, T. (2019). Critical social studies in the united states. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.520

Ender, T. (2019). Counter-narratives as resistance: Creating critical social studies spaces with the community. The Journal of Social Studies Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2018.11.002​

Refereed Book Chapters

Ender, T. (2018). Ethnic. In D.G. Krutka, A.M. Whitlock, & M. Helmsing (Eds.), Keywords in social studies: Concepts and conversations (pp. 17-28). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Book Reviews

Ender, T. (2018). Review of the book Teaching politics in secondary education. Journal of Social Studies Research. 10.1016/j.jssr.2018.05.001


HIST 107: Multiple Voices: The U.S. in the World
SED 411: Content & Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Social Studies/History)
SED 412: Field Practicum in Secondary Education
SED 421: Student Teaching in the Secondary School
SED 422: Student Teaching Seminar in the Secondary School (Social Studies/History)

Research Interests

Critical Social Studies
Curriculum Theory
Contemporary Music as History and Activism
Latinxs in US History