Dr. Tommy Ender

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

Dr. Ender currently serves as the History Secondary Education program coordinator. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he grew up in the shadows of New York City. Those experiences influence how he teaches and conducts research. His research interests cover a variety of contexts, including the examination of counter-narratives as theory and pedagogy in social studies education, the role of music in learning about the past, and Latino/a/x studies. 

Ender earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before entering higher education, he spent ten years teaching secondary education social studies. He also has coached soccer, football, and baseball at different age and competitive levels. But an immense joy is reserved for his wife and two teens.


Ph.D. (Cultural Studies & Literacies) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Ed. (Secondary Education) – University of New Hampshire
B.A. (History & Political Science) – Drew University

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Ender, T. & Varga, B. (2022). The use of music to connect the past, present, & future. The Social Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/00377996.2022.2034731

Ender, T. (2021). Using counter-narratives to expand from the margins.  Curriculum Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1080/03626784.2021.1947733

Ender, T. (2021). Incorporating the critical music framework: An autoethnographic reflection.  International Journal of Multicultural Education, 23(1), 146-161. https://www.ijme-journal.org/ijme/index.php/ijme/article/view/2447/1467

McCoy, M., Sabzalian, L., & Ender, T. (2021).  Alternative strategies for family history projects: Rethinking practice in light of Indigenous perspectives.  The History Teacher.

Refereed Book Chapters

Ender, T. (in press). Developing racial literacy with white social studies teachers. In L. King (Ed.), Racial Literacy in Social Studies. Teachers College Press.

Aponte-Safe, G., Díaz Beltrán, A.C., Busey, C., Christ, R., & Ender T. (accepted). Insurgente: A conversation con familia.  In S.B. Shear, N. Hakimali Merchant, & W. Au (Eds.), Insurgent Social Studies: Scholar-Educators Disrupting Erasure & Marginality. Myers Education Press.  

Carrillo J.F. & Ender T. (2020). Vulnerable praxis: Memory, latino manhood, and social justice. In R. Papa (Ed.), Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74078-2_60-1


FNED 461/561: Latinos in the US
FNED 502: Social Issues in Education
HIST 107: Multiple Voices: The U.S. in the World
SED 302: Humanities in Communities
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

Curriculum Studies
Latino Studies
Qualitative Research Methodology
Social Studies Education
Teaching with Music
Urban Education