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Martha Graham Viator

Associate Professor Emeritus of Education, Rowan University

Recently retired from Rowan University’s College of Education (NJ) where she prepared numerous social studies teachers for the classroom, Martha Graham Viator was herself an elementary student when her school district in Louisiana desegregated in 1969. As an historian, Dr. Viator is drawn to the stories of desegregation; as a native of Louisiana, she is eager to research and write about the home she left in 1985 and to which she has now returned.

In addition to co-authoring William Frantz Public School: A Story of Race, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery, her research interests include curriculum articles for history and English high school teachers as well as co-teaching.


  • 2014–2019
    Associate professor, Rowan University
  • 2006–2014
    Assistant professor, Rowan University


  • 1996 
    Auburn University, Ph.D.


  • 2020
    William Frantz Public School: A story of race, resistance, resilience, and recovery., Peter Lang
  • 2019
    Investigating teacher candidates’ perceptions of collaboration during a co-teaching experience., Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 6(1)
  • 2018
    William Frantz Public School: One school, one century, many stories., Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 13(2
  • 2018
    Gaining a better self: A self-study in cultural competence in Teacher Education., The Teacher Educator, 53(4)
  • 2017
    Transforming perceptions of urban education: Lessons from Rowan University’s urban teacher academy., The Educational Forum, 81(1)
  • 2014
    Is the “American Dream” of homeownership an equal opportunity goal? , The Social Studies
  • 2012
    Developing historical thinking through questions., The Social Studies
  • 2008
    Dear Miss Breed: Using primary documents to advance student understanding of Japanese internment camps., Social Education

Professional Memberships

  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society for Education
  • National Council for the Social Studies