Dr. Kristy A. Brugar received her B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, M.Ed. in Secondary Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University. Currently, Dr. Brugar is an assistant professor, social studies education, at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary social studies education. Prior to working at the university-level, she was a middle school social studies/history teacher for over a decade in Maryland and Michigan. Currently, Brugar is a member of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) - National Council for the Social Studies Executive Board; member of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award Committee; board member of the Oklahoma Council for History Education; and the Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016) for the American Education Research Association, Social Studies Research Special Interest Group. Previously, she has served as the Nominations/Elections Chair (2013-2014) for the American Education Research Association, Social Studies Research Special Interest Group, member and chair of the National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book Committee (2012-2014), and as a reviewer for the journals such as Current Issues in Education, Middle School Journal, and the Journal of Teacher Education. Brugar’s research focuses on social studies and history education, interdisciplinary instruction involving social studies, literacy, and visual arts/materials, and teacher development. Her work has been published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, The History Teacher, The Social Studies, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Dr. Brugar lives in Norman, OK and she enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with her husband, John, and dog, Finn.