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Kathryn M. Obenchain
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Kathryn M. Obenchain earned a B.A. in history from Hanover College and an M.S. in Social Studies Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue. She began her faculty career at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 1997. She served UNR's Graduate Council as Vice-Chair and Chair. Dr. Obenchain was also a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Purdue in 2009. Currently, Dr. Obenchain is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the College of Education where she teaches courses in social studies education and qualitative research. Her research centers on citizenship education in the US and emerging democracies. Her US work explores how social studies classrooms are structured to promote democratic citizenship through curricular and instructional decisions, what informs these decisions, and students' classroom experiences. Her international scholarship explores how adolescents in emerging democracies construct civic identities in evolving societies.

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