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Professor Deborah Appleman
Deborah Appleman Profile
Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies
Off Campus: Winter 2018 through Spring 2018

Deborah Appleman received her doctorate in English Education at the University of Minnesota in 1986. At Carleton she is the Hollis L. Caswell professor of educational studies and director of Carleton's Summer Writing Program, a three-week program for high school juniors and seniors). She also teaches the English section of Carleton's summer workshop for teachers, the Summer Teaching Institute. During 2003-2004 she served her second year as mentor for Carleton's second group of Posse students from the Chicago area. Professor Appleman's primary research interests include multicultural literature, adolescent response to literature, teaching literary theory to secondary students, and adolescent response to poetry. She was a high school teacher for nine years. She has written numerous book chapters and articles on adolescent response to literature and she co-edited Braided Lives,a multicultural literature anthology published by the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Her book, Reading for Themselves: How to Transform Adolescents into Lifelong Readers Through Out-of-Class Book Clubs was published by Heinemann. She is also the coauthor of Teaching Literature to Adolescents with Richard Beach, Susan Hynds, and Jeffrey Wilhelm. Her book, Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents, now in its third edition, was published jointly by Teachers College Press and the National Council of Teachers of English and is widely used in methods classes across the country. She recently edited an anthology of her students' work titled From the Inside Out: Letters to Young Men and Other Writings Poetry and Prose from Prison and authored Adolescent Literacy and the Teaching of English published by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Professor Appleman is on sabbatical leave for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Anita Chikkatur
Anita Chikkatur Profile
Associate Professor of Educational Studies
Chair of Educational Studies

Anita Chikkatur received her master's and doctoral degrees from the Education, Culture and Society program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Sociology and Education at Swarthmore College, after which Anita taught English at a junior high school in a small town in Japan for two years. Her dissertation research, conducted at an urban public high school, examined processes of racialization as an integral part of creating American national identity, a project being reconfigured as a result of new immigration patterns. Her research and teaching interests include student and teacher perspectives on race, gender and sexuality and issues of diversity and difference in educational institutions.

To sign up for Professor Chikkatur's winter 2018 office hours click here.

Professor Jeff Snyder
Jeff Snyder ’97 Profile
Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Jeff Snyder, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, is a historian of education who studies the twentieth-century United States. A Carleton alumnus, Professor Snyder majored in Psychology and concentrated in Educational Studies. He holds an EdM in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in the History of Education from New York University.

Before pursuing graduate studies, Professor Snyder taught English to Speakers of Other Languages to students of all ages and ability levels in the Czech Republic, France, China, India, Nepal and the United States. He teaches the following courses: Will This Be On the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education (EDUC 100), Introduction to Educational Studies (EDUC 110), History of American School Reform (EDUC 245), Fixing Schools: Politics and Policy in American Education (EDUC 250) and Multicultural Education (EDUC 338).

Professor Snyder's work explores the intersections between the history of education and broader trends in U.S. cultural and intellectual history.  His research interests include African American education during the Jim Crow era; radical and experimental education in the 1960s and 1970s; and standardized testing, from the turn of the twentieth century to today.  His articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of African American History, History of Education Quarterly and Teachers College Record as well as newspapers and magazines such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New Republic.  He is completing a book called Making Black History: Race, Culture and the Color Line in the Age of Jim Crow, under contract with the University of Georgia Press.

Professor Snyder is not teaching winter term 2018, but will be on campus weekly. Sign up for office hours here.

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Cathy Tower Oehmke
Cathy Oehmke Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Cathy Tower Oehmke is a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her BA from Wellesley College in Psychology and Education, her Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from the University of Maine, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. In addition to her work at Carleton, Cathy teaches fourth and fifth grades at Prairie Creek Community School in Northfield.

Kathryn Wegner
Kathryn Wegner Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Sign up for Professor Wegner's winter 2018 office hours here. She can also be reached by email.


Annie Larson
Annie Larson Profile
Admin Asst. for Educational Studies, Mellon Bridge Collab.
Administrative Assistant for Phi Beta Kappa
Administrative Assistant for the Center for Global and Regional Studies
Administrative Assistant in Educational Studies