Faculty and Staff
Jon N. Hale, Ph.D.
College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., May 2009 Educational Policy Studies (American History concentration)
Research and Areas of Expertise
Jon Hale’s research focuses on the history of American education, specifically the history of student and teacher activism, education reform during the Civil Rights Movement, and the intersection of race and policy in the field of education. Hale’s other research interests include the desegregation of K-12 education, the history of grassroots education reform efforts, and the origins of school choice and neoliberal education policy. Hale is also interested in public, local and oral history as a means to document the history of American education through community engagement. Hale’s research has been recognized through awards from the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association.
Published Books and Manuscripts in Progress
The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016)
To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Freedom Schools, edited with William Sturkey (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015)
“A New Kind of Youth”: The Politics and Evolution of Black High School Student Activism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2021)
School Choice: The History and Controversy of America’s Most Successful School Reform Movement (Boston: Beacon Press, forthcoming 2021)
Foundations of Dissent: A History of Teacher Activism During the Civil Rights Movement, edited volume with Derrick Alridge (prospectus under review, University of South Carolina Press, 2019)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“On Race, Teacher Activism and the Right to Work: Historicizing the “Red for Ed” Movement in the American South,” West Virginia Law Review v. 121 n. 3 (April 2019), 851-882
“‘We Are Not Merging on an Equal Basis’: The Desegregation of Southern Teacher Associations and the Right to Work, 1945–1977,” Labor History, 60:5 (2019) 463-481.
“On Slavery and the Racialization of Teaching Practices” In Teacher Education and the Intersection of Race and Poverty in Today's Schools, edited by P. M. Jenlink (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2019).
“It Only Takes a Spark to Get a Fire Going”: The Life and Legacy of Educator, Lois A. Simms, and the Invisible History of Teacher Activism, 1920-2015” in Foundations of Dissent: A History of Teacher Activism During the Civil Rights Movement, edited volume with Derrick Alridge (chapter under review, 2019)
“‘The development of power is the main business of the school': The Agency of Southern Black Teacher Associations from Jim Crow Through Desegregation," Journal of Negro Education. Vol. 87, No. 4 (Fall 2018), pp. 444-459.
“Future Foot Soldiers or Budding Criminals?: The Dynamics of High School Student Activism in the Southern Black Freedom Struggle,” Journal of Southern History 84, no. 3 (August 2018), 615-652.
“Lowcountry, High Demands: The Struggle for Quality Education in Charleston, South Carolina,” in Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights, edited by Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml and Patricia Williams Lessane (Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2018)
“Local History and Reconstructing a Historic Landscape: The History of Education and the Struggle for Justice in Charleston, South Carolina,” History of Education Quarterly56, no. 1 (February, 2016), 163-171.
“‘We Declare Independence from the Unjust Laws of Mississippi’: The Freedom Schools, Head Start and the Reconstruction of Education during the Civil Rights Movement” in Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History, edited by Dionne Danns, et. al. (Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, 2015)
“‘The Fight Was Instilled in Us’: High School Student Activism and the Civil Rights Movement in Charleston, South Carolina,” The South Carolina Historical Magazine, 114, no. 1 (January 2013), 4-28.
“The Struggle Begins Early: Head Start and the Mississippi Freedom Movement,” The History of Education Quarterly 52, no. 4 (November, 2012); 506-534.
“The Student as a Force for Social Change’: The Mississippi Freedom Schools and Student Engagement,” The Journal of African American History96, no. 3 (Fall, 2011): 325-348.
“The Freedom Schools, the Civil Rights Movement, and Refocusing the Goals of American Education,” The Journal of Social Studies Research35, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 259-276.
Critics Choice Book Award (American Educational Studies Association), 2017 The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016)
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-2016
AERA New Scholars Book Award (Division F, History), 2017,The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016)
South Carolina Humanities Council Award, 2014 & 2017
College of Charleston, Teacher of the Year, School of Education, 2012-2013
College of Charleston, Center for Partnerships to Improve Education Award, 2012 & 2015
Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, Fellow 2008-2009
University of Illinois College of Education, William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Award, 2008-2009