Alan Marcus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Connecticut and is a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow. His research and teaching focus on social studies education and teacher education, specializing in museum education and teaching with film, with an emphasis on studying World War II and the Holocaust. Alan collaborates with museum educators across the United States and internationally, is a Faculty Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2012, 2015), and runs a full term study abroad field experience for his pre-service teachers in Nottingham, England, where they participate in field work in local schools and museums. Alan earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in curriculum and teacher education. Prior to attending Stanford he taught high school social studies in Georgia. He is a co-author of “Teaching History with Museums: Strategies for K-12 Social Studies” (Routledge, 2017) and “Teaching History with Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies” (Routledge, 2010), and co-editor of “Teaching Difficult History Through Film” (Routledge, 2017) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Alan is the past president of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and most recently was a lead writer for the new State of Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks. His current research is in collaboration with the UK National Holocaust Centre and Museum evaluating the potential and limitations of virtual interactive Holocaust survivor testimony.
University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow