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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.

Professor Laats studies the history of American education. He is interested in the history of cultural battles over schooling and school reform. His books have examined the campaigns of conservative evangelical Protestants in both K-12 and higher education, the history of creation/evolution debates, and the evolution of conservative thinking about K-12 education. His current research examines the first systematic attempt at urban school reform in American history.


  • BA, Northwestern University
  • MAT, Washington University at St. Louis
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Research Interests

  • History of American education
  • History of cultural battles over schooling and school reform

Research Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae