Elizabeth Heilman
Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education


  • Social studies
  • Teacher certification programs

Elizabeth Heilman is an associate professor of teacher education. Her theoretical work examines the epistemological and ethical claims and boundaries of fields of research and research traditions. This includes disciplinary fields as well as qualitative, critical, pragmatist, and poststructural theories. Her empirical research explores the shaping of the civic and the social imagination. This includes democracy and policy, national and global citizenship, and identity and diversity, as well as how people develop a sense of power, political efficacy, human connection and responsibility to others. She is especially interested in how education can move people’s spirits such that we have the collective human will, compassion, and commitment to address injustice, poverty, and violence.