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UW-Madison alum Kirchgasler receives 2018 Dissertation Recognition Award

July 26, 2018
UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Kirchgasler was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation Recognition Award, granted by the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division B. 

Kirchgasler received his doctorate degree with a minor in history from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas. 

Kirchgasler researches the "historical, ethnographic and comparative qualities of schooling, particularly as they relate to notions of inclusion, equity and justice. His research directs attention to how contemporary transnational school reforms are 'haunted' by colonial residues that define who and what are seen and acted on as the 'problems' of individual and social development," explained a University of Kansas press release. 

The award recognizes a scholar whose dissertation made an "outstanding" contribution to the field of curriculum studies. 

"I am honored to receive this award and am particularly gratified that the award comes from AERA's Division B, an innovative and cross-disciplinary collection of scholars who are committed to issues of equality, justice and inclusion,” Kirchgasler said in a news release. “The research in this dissertation forms the intellectual foundation for my forthcoming book project, 'Making the Gritty Child: The Colonial Residues of Transnational School Reforms.' "