Maia Sheppard

Maia Sheppard
Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy; Social Studies
(202) 994-3236

Dr. Sheppard is co-director of Community-Engaged Teaching in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. She teaches courses in secondary social studies education and teacher leadership in the M.Ed. program, and a research seminar in the doctoral program.

Her research draws on sociocultural theory to study the teaching and learning of difficult histories and the development of commitments to community and civic engagement among preservice teachers.

She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota with a specialization in secondary social studies education.

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., New York University
B.A., Drake University


Sheppard, M., & Mayo, J. B., Jr. (2013). The social construction of gender and sexuality: Learning from Two Spirit traditions. The Social Studies, 104 (6), 259-270.

Mayo, J. B., & Sheppard, M. (2012). New social learning from Two Spirit Native Americans. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 36 (3), 263-282.

Sheppard, M. (2010). Creating a caring classroom in which to teach difficult histories. The History Teacher, 43 (3), 411-426.

Sheppard, M. (2010). Difficult histories in an urban classroom (Doctoral dissertation). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

In the News

Dr. Maia Sheppard and Sara Levy, Wells College, co-authored a chapter for the The Wiley International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning, entitled ‘Difficult knowledge’ and the Holocaust in history education.

GSEHD student Kristen McInerey (Ed.D, Curriculum and Instruction) is one of two Knapp Fellowship winners for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. McInerey is advised by Dr. Maia Sheppard, and her research project focuses on improving outcomes for English Learners. (Learn more about her project in the interview entitled "Knapp Fellowship Winner Kristen McInerney.")
The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning recognizes, rewards, and facilitates creative public service and academic engagement. GW undergraduate or graduate students are selected to design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects. Fellows work with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, a faculty member and may work with other students or community partners to execute a project that makes a significant difference to the lives of others.

Dr. Maia Sheppard co-authored the presentation, “Analyzing Emotional Rules in Two Urban History Classrooms,” at the College and University Faculty Assembly at the Annual Conference of the National Council of the Social Studies in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Maia Sheppard and Sarah Jenks, Director of Education and Interpretation at Ford's Theatre Society, co-presented on a panel entitled "What Role Should Historic Sites Play in Teacher Professional Development?" at the Annual Conference of the American Association of State and Local History in Austin, TX.

Drs. Tiffany-Rose Sikorski, Maia Sheppard, Curtis Pyke, and Jonathan Eakle were awarded a Collaboration Grant from 100Kin10 for their ongoing work with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Loyola University Chicago to find better ways to link university-based teacher preparation programs with museums and cultural institutions.