Christopher G. Pupik Dean has been focused on issues in education since his undergraduate studies when he created a self-defined major that combined philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to examine theories of learning and their implications for schools. After graduating from Penn State, Dr. Pupik Dean joined Teach for America and taught high school science in North Carolina for 5 years before returning to Pennsylvania to begin his graduate studies. During his time in North Carolina, Dr. Pupik Dean also worked for Teach for America as a Corps Member Advisor in the Atlanta Summer Institute. At PennGSE, Dr. Pupik Dean teaches social foundations and field seminar courses in the Urban Teacher Education Program. Dr. Pupik Dean also serves as the Director of the Independent School Teaching Residency program coordinating the design and implementation of this innovative residency teacher education program.
Research Interests and Current Projects
Currently, Dr. Pupik Dean is part of a team led by Dr. Danielle Allen working on the Democratic Knowledge Project through the Institute for Advanced Study. This project seeks to analyze the role of the humanities in the development of civic knowledge and political participation.
Ph.D. (Education, Culture & Society), University of Pennsylvania, 2012.
M.S.Ed. (Education, Culture & Society), University of Pennsylvania, 2008.
B.Phil. (Education Theory and Policy), Pennsylvania State University, 2001.
Areas of Expertise
Civic Education, Qualitative Research, Philosophy of Education, Teacher Education, Social Foundations of Education