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Adam Laats


Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership


Adam Laats taught middle and high school for ten years in Milwaukee. He earned his PhD in U.S. History at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 2007.


  • MAT, Washington University in St. Louis
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin--Madison

Research Interests

  • History of American education
  • Cultural battles over schooling and school reform
  • Examination of campaigns of conservative evangelical Protestants in both K-12 and higher education
  • History of creation/evolution debates
  • Evolution of conservative thinking about K-12 education
  • Examining the first systematic attempt at urban school reform in American history

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