Paula McAvoy

Program Director

Paula McAvoy is the program director for the Center for Ethics and Education. She earned her doctorate in philosophy of education from the department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Before accepting this position at the center, Paula worked as an assistant professor at Illinois State University and as an associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation. Her research interests include: democratic education, cultural and religious accommodations, and the ethics of teaching about politics. She is the co-author, with Diana Hess, of the book, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education (2015, Routledge Press), which won the 2016 Outstanding Book Award for the American Educational Research Association and the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Education. She is currently working on a book with Lisa Andersen (Julliard) about the history and aims of sex education in the United States (University of Chicago Press). She is also working with Lauren Gatti (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) on a project about ethical dilemmas in teaching. 

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Phone: (608) 263-2709
Office: 687 Ed Sciences