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Margaret A. Nash

Margaret A. Nash


Graduate School of Education
Sproul Hall 2108
(951) 827-2710

Research Areas

  • History of higher education for women; historical and contemporary issues of gender and education


  • Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2000
  • M.A., Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1994
  • B.Ph. (Bachelor of Philosophy), Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University, 1982


I am a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. My research focuses on the history of education in the United States. I am interested in the social contexts for and meanings of education, the question of who gets educated and why, and the relationships between education and citizenship, and between education and identity.

Current Curriculum Vitae


  • Nash, Margaret A., Ed. Women's Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Press, 2018. 
  • Nash, Margaret A. and Silverman, Jennifer. "'An Indelible Mark:' Gay Purges in Higher Education in the 1940s," History of Education Quarterly 55 (4) November 2015, 441-459.
  • Nash, Margaret A. “Joe Ball Takes Up the Piano: Curriculum, Extracurricular Activities, and the Formation of Gender at Riverside Junior College, 1929-1941,” Curriculum History (2013), 14-30. 
  • Nash, Margaret A. “Cultivating Our ‘Musical Bumps’ While Fighting the ‘Progress of Popery’: The Rise of Art and Music Education in the Mid-Nineteenth Century United States,” Educational Studies 49 (3) (Spring 2013), 193-212.  
    • Winner of the Taylor and Francis Paper of the Year Award, 2013. 
  • Nash, Margaret A. “Gender and Citizenship in Educational Plans in the New Republic,” in To Build a Republic: The Founding Fathers, Education, and the American Philosophical Society Prize Contest of 1795, Benjamin Justice, ed., New York: Palgrave Press, 2013, 119-134. 
  • Nash, Margaret A. “A Means of Honorable Support: Art and Music in Women’s Education in the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” History of Education Quarterly 53 (Feb. 2013), 45-63.
  • Nash, Margaret A. and Romero, Lisa. “’Citizenship for the College Girl’: Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education for Women in the United States in the 1930s,” Teachers College Record 114 (Feb. 2012), 1-35. 
  • Nash, Margaret A. “Contested Identities: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Patriotism in Early American Textbooks,” History of Education Quarterly 49 (Autumn 2009), 417-441.
  • Nash, Margaret A. “The Historiography of Education for Girls and Women in the United States,” in Rethinking the History of American Education, John L. Rury and William J. Reese, eds., New York: Palgrave Press, 2008, 143-159.
  • Klein, Susan S., and Homer, Elizabeth Ann, with Cheris Kramarae, Margaret A. Nash, Carol J. Burger, and Linda Shevitz, “Summary and Recommendations for Achieving Gender Equity in and through Education,” in Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education, 2nd ed., Susan S. Klein, ed., Mahwah, New Jersey and London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007, 655-681.
  • Nash, Margaret A. “The Relationship between Academic Social Scientists and Educational Policymakers: A Historical Overview,” in New Foundations for Knowledge in Education Policy, Politics, and Administration: Science and Sensationalism, Douglas E. Mitchell, ed., Mahway, New Jersey and London: Erlbaum Press, 2006, 3-28.
  • Nash, Margaret A. Women’s Education in the United States, 1780-1840 . New York: Palgrave Macmillan (formerly St. Martin’s Press), 2005.
  • Nash, Margaret A. "'How to Be Thankful for Being Free': Searching for a Convergence of Discourses on Teaching Patriotism, Citizenship, and United States History," Teachers College Record 107 (January 2005), 214-240.
  • Nash, Margaret A. “Patient Persistence: The Political and Educational Values of Anna Julia Cooper and Mary Church Terrell,” Educational Studies 35 (April 2004), 122-136.
  • Nash, Margaret A. ‘“A Triumph of Reason’: Female Education in Academies in the New Republic,” in Chartered Schools: Two Hundred Years of Independent Schools and Academies in the United States, 1725 -1925, Nancy Beadie and Kimberly Tolley, eds., Routledge Press, 2002, 64-86.
  • Tolley, Kimberly and Margaret A. Nash. “Leaving Home to Teach: The Diary of Susan Nye Hutchison, 1815-1841,” in Chartered Schools: Two Hundred Years of Independent Schools and Academies in the United States, 1727-1925, Nancy Beadie and Kimberly Tolley, eds., Routledge Press, 2002, 161-185.
  • Nash, Margaret A. “Cultivating the Powers of Human Beings’: Gendered Perspectives on Curricula and Pedagogy in Academies in the New Republic,” History of Education Quarterly 41 (Summer 2001), 239-250.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942


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