University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow
Ph.D. Curriculum & Teacher Education, Stanford University 2003
M.A.T Social Studies Education, Boston University 1992
B.S. Political Science, Tufts University 1990
Areas of Expertise:
Teaching with Film
Social Studies Education
Alan Marcus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and is a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow. His research and teaching focus on social studies education and teacher education. He specializes 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 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). Alan is the past president of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and most recently was a lead writer for the 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.
The Forever Project: The Benefits and Dilemmas of Using Virtual Interactive Holocaust Survivor Testimony
Making History: Implementing CT’s New Social Studies Frameworks
Supporting student learning at history museums: the practices of teachers and museum professionals
Hollywood History in High School: the relationship between teachers’ use of film and students’ perceptions and understanding of history.
Representing the past, reflecting the present: How students learn history at history museums
Marcus, Alan S. (2017). “Teaching The Holocaust Through Film.” Social Education. 81 (3) 172-176.
Paxton, Richard J. & Marcus, Alan S. (2017). Film, Media, and Popular Culture in Historical Learning in: Scott Metzger & Lauren Harris (Eds.) International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Marcus, Alan S. & Mills, Gary. (2017). Teaching Difficult History with Film: Multiple Perspectives on the Holocaust in Teaching Difficult History with Film, Stoddard, Jeremy, Marcus, Alan S. & Hicks, David. (Editors). New York: Routledge.
Stoddard, Jeremy, Marcus, Alan S. & Hicks, David. (2017). Using Film to Teach Difficult Histories in Teaching Difficult History with Film. Stoddard, Jeremy, Marcus, Alan S. & Hicks, David. (Editors). New York: Routledge
Stoddard, Jeremy D. & Marcus, Alan S. (2017). Media and Social Studies Education: The (Re)Emergence of Film, New Media, and Gaming in Handbook of Social Studies Research. Meghan Manfra and Cheryl Bolick (Eds.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Marcus, Alan S. & Kowitt, Jennifer. (2016). “Museum Footnotes: Helping Student Visitors Understand Museums.” Journal of Museum Education. 41 (4). 353-362.
Marcus, Alan S. & Moss, David (2015) Enhancing Intercultural Understanding for Pre-service Teachers through Developing and Sustaining Education Abroad Experiences. The Journal of International Social Studies. 5 (2) 22-37.
Stoddard, Jeremy D., Marcus, Alan S. & Squire, Kurt. (2015). Learning Local Immigration History In and Out of the Museum. Museum & Society. 13 (1).
Moss, David M., Marcus, Alan S. (2015). Over there: Exploring a WWII themed short-duration study abroad program for pre-service teachers. In David Schwarzer & Beatrice L. Bridglall (Editors) Promoting Global Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education. Rowan & Littlefield Publishers.
Stoddard, Jeremy D., Marcus, Alan S., Hicks, David. (2014). The Burden of Historical Representation: The Case of/for Indigenous Film. The History Teacher. 48 (1).
Maley, Cory & Marcus, Alan S. (2013) We need to talk: Improving dialogue between social studies teachers and museum educators. The Social Studies.
Marcus, Alan S., Grenier, Robin, & Levine, Thomas H. (2012). How secondary history teachers use and think about museums: Current practices and untapped promise for promoting historical understanding. Theory and Research in Social Education.
Marcus, Alan S. (2011). From The Civil War to 9/11: Democracy and the Right to a Fair Trial. Social Education. 75 (4), 196-198.
Marcus, Alan S. & Levine, Thomas H. (2011) Knight at the Museum: Learning History with Museums. The Social Studies. 102 (3), 104-109.
Marcus, Alan S. & Levine, Thomas H. (2010) Remember The Alamo? Learning History with Monuments and Memorials. Social Education. 74 (3), 131-134.
Marcus, Alan S. & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2010). More Than “Showing What Happened” Exploring the Potential for Teaching History with Film. High School Journal.
Levine, Thomas H. & Marcus, Alan S. (2010) How the structure and focus of teachers’ collaborative activities facilitate and constrain teacher learning. Teaching and Teacher Education. 26 (3), 389-398.
Marcus, Alan S. & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2009). The inconvenient truth about teaching history with documentary film: Strategies for presenting multiple perspectives and teaching controversial issues. The Social Studies. 100 (6), 279-285.
Marcus, Alan S. (2008, Spring) Museum and school collaboration: Rethinking adult education for K- 12 teachers. Journal of Museum Education. 33 (1), 55-78.
Marcus, Alan S.; Stoddard, Jeremy D. (May/June 2007) Tinsel Town as Teacher: Hollywood Film in the High School History Classroom. The History Teacher.
Levine, Thomas H. & Marcus, Alan S. (2007, Fall) How schools close the achievement gap: Facilitating multiple trajectories of teacher learning. Journal of Advanced Academics. 19 (1), 116-138.
Marcus, Alan S. (2007) Representing the Past, Reflecting the Present: Museums, Memorials, and the Secondary History Classroom. The Social Studies. 98 (3). 105-110.
Marcus, Alan S.; Paxton, Richard J.; Meyerson, Peter (2006, Fall) “The reality of it all:” History students read the movies. Theory and Research in Social Education.
Stoddard, Jeremy D. & Marcus, Alan S. (2006, Spring) The Burden of Historical Representation: Race, Freedom and “Educational” Hollywood Film. Film & History. 36.1
Marcus, Alan S. (2005, March/April) “It is as it was:” Feature Film in the History Classroom. The Social Studies. 96 (2) 61-67.
University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow.
AAUP-University of Connecticut Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching. 2011
Stanford Teacher Education Program Award: Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. June 2001
Stanford University School of Education Fellowship. 1999-2000
Faculty Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2012, 2015)
Editorial Board, Theory & Research in Social Education (2013-2016)
Teaching American History in the Capitol Region (CREC Teaching American History Grant)