Lisa Gilbert’s expertise includes culturally responsive pedagogy, social studies curriculum and instruction, and museum education.
Dr. Gilbert possesses a multifaceted professional background that has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of multiple educational spaces and how formal and informal systems work together. She has over 10 years’ experience as a teacher educator, from teaching university courses and supervising student teachers in diverse spaces from urban charters to rural public schools, to creating custom professional development programs for school districts and cultural institutions. As a teacher, she has worked for both public and private schools in the United States and Austria, with her courses including high-stakes college preparatory testing such as AP United States Government & Politics and AP Comparative Government & Politics. She also completed teacher professional development programs hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Yale University, National Endowment for the Humanities, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, The College Board, and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. As a museum educator, she first worked as a bilingual educator for the McCord Museum of Canadian History in downtown Montreal before overseeing K-12 programming for the Missouri History Museum, where she also managed educational partnerships with national organizations such as Monticello and Mount Vernon, along with serving as a consultant for an electronic field trip program at Colonial Williamsburg.
Dr. Gilbert’s research interests are situated at the intersection of social studies education with public & popular history. She is particularly focused on helping students engage in critical inquiry around the narratives we tell about the past in sources beyond schools, such as museums or video games. Her publications have appeared in academic journals such as Theory & Research in Social Education, Teaching & Teacher Education, The History Teacher, The International Journal of Music Education, Literacy and Social Responsibility, and Curator: The Museum Journal. Her outreach has included interviews for Teaching Tolerance, Education Week, and NBC News.