Steven Camicia is a professor of social studies education at Utah State University. His research focuses on curriculum and instruction in the areas of perspective consciousness and social justice as they relate to critical democratic education. The term ‘critical’ modifies ‘democratic education’ in order to focus upon the attributes of power, inclusion, and recognition in democratic education. He was awarded an American Educational Studies Association 2017 Critics' Choice Book Award for his book entitled, "Critical Democratic Education and LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum: Opportunities and Constraints." In his book, he examines how the contexts in Utah and California might influence what can and cannot be said in classrooms about LGBTQ individuals and issues. His research has been published in scholarly journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, The Social Studies, Social Studies Research and Practice, International Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Public Deliberation, and the London Review of Education. He is a former associate editor of Theory and Research in Social Education. His research interests stemmed from his experiences as a former elementary school teacher.
Ryan is an assistant professor of social studies education and cultural studies within the school of teacher education and leadership. Ryan’s research uses quantitative research methods to understand how teacher and student ideology develops and manifest within schools and classrooms. He received his Ph.D. in Social Studies Education and Quantitative Research from the University of Missouri. Prior to that Ryan received a Master’s of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education, both from the University of Missouri. He also has an Associate of Arts degree from Moberly Area Community college. Ryan’s scholarship has been featured in academic venues such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of International Social Studies, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and the Handbook of Social Studies Research. Ryan received the Researcher of the Year Award from the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in 2018 and the International Education Association’s Wolf Award for significant contribution in the field of education using IEA data in 2016.