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Justin Krueger

Social Science

Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.Ed., Sul Ross State University
  • B.A., Texas Lutheran University


Dr. Krueger teaches courses in both the Divisions of Social Sciences and History, and Teacher Education.

His research focuses on the intersections of historical memory and public pedagogy, and the role of teaching and learning outside of traditional spaces of education. His dissertation, titled: Museum Educators Conceptualizations: Teaching Social Studies Through Art addressed how museum educators use a variety of works of art and pedagogical practices to engage students in necessary conversations.

Most recently, he contributed two articles to ¡Arriba!: The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente (2022) from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR): “The Response to Clemente’s Death”, and “Remembrance and Iconography of Clemente in Public Spaces.” His research has previously been featured in The History Teacher, Multicultural Perspectives, the Journal of Educational Controversy, and the SABR Bio Project.

Dr. Krueger earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Social Studies Education) from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.Ed. (Educational Leadership) from Sul Ross State University, and a B.A. (History) from Texas Lutheran University. He worked as a public-school teacher in Texas for 14 years and is also an active member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

He has also received multiple awards including the 2023 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year for Delta State University, the 2021 Woody Guthrie Fellowship from the BMI Foundation, and the 2012 Behring Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas from National History Day.

Courses Taught

  • Directed Teaching Internship
  • Methods of Teaching Social Studies I
  • Methods of Teaching Social Studies II
  • Monuments and Society
  • Native American History
  • Out of Left Field: Moments in Baseball History
  • Special Topics in Social Sciences: Senior Seminar
  • US History to 1877
  • US History, 1877 to Present

Research Interests

  • Social studies education
  • Museum education
  • Public pedagogy
  • Historical/Cultural/Social memory
  • Informal learning spaces
  • Public history

Selected Publications

  • Krueger, J. (2021). TribalCrit, curriculum mining, and the teaching of contemporary Indigenous issues. Multicultural Perspectives, 23(2), 78-86.
  • Kim, E., Brown, A., Robinson, H., and Krueger, J. (2020). Allusive, elusive, or illusive? An examination of apologies for the Atlantic slave trade and their pedagogical utility. Journal of Educational Controversy, 14(1), 1-28.
  • Krueger, J. (2019). To challenge the settler colonial narrative of Native Americans in social studies curriculum: A new way forward for teachers. The History Teacher, 52(2), 291-318.