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Dr. Jeremy Hilburn

Associate Professor

Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education

EB 241
(910) 962-2897 Phone
(910) 962-3988 Fax


Ph.D. - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 
M.A. - Columbia University, Teachers College 
B.A. - University of North Carolina Wilmington  

Courses Taught

EDN 353/LIC 535 – Middle Grades Social Studies Methods
EDN 320/LIC 520 – Diverse Learners in the Middle Grades
EDN 411/LIC 511 – Middle Grades Internship
LIC 539 – Field Studies
EDN 595: Democracy and Education
EDL 695 – Immigration & Education

Research Interests

My research interest falls into three interconnected strands, broadly related to immigration and social studies education. My primary research interest is examining how immigration is conceptualized by teachers, represented in curriculum and media, and how these relate to teacher practices, especially in new gateway states.  A second strand relates to the spatial dimension of citizenship education; specifically, the ways teachers conceptualize and teach civic action at the local, national, and global levels.  The final strand focuses on social studies pedagogy in multiple contexts – middle level, secondary, and teacher education.

Professional Service

NC Professors of Social Studies Education
Regular Guest Reviewer – TRSE, The Urban Review
American Educational Research Association
College and University Faculty Assembly
National Council for the Social Studies
North Carolina Council for the Social Studies
Editorial Board, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
Alumni advisory board, High School Journal

Sample Articles

Gibbs, B., & Hilburn, J. (accepted). In the shadow of the base: Teaching war to the children of soldiers. Journal of Social Studies Research

Hilburn, J., Buchanan, L.B., & Journell, W. (in press). Positioning documentaries as vehicles for developing preservice teachers’ analytic skills. Journal of Social Studies Research.

Dempsey, V., Hill-Black, S., Roseboro, D., Fox, K., Sidbury, K. Stocker, J., Swanton Derushia, E., Jennings, L., Hilburn, J. Nobles, K., & Sterrett, W. (2021). A reflective Faculty-in-Residence model in a K-8 lab school: Lessons learned from the first two years of a bidirectional initiative. School-University Partnerships, 14(2), 115-120.

Hilburn, J., Buchanan, L.B., & Journell, W. (2021). Discourses of immigration and the mediating influence of documentary film. Action in Teacher Education, 43(4), 513-530.

Gibbs, B., & Hilburn, J. (2021). “No one should have to see what they do:” Military children and media representations of war. Journal of Social Studies Research, 45(2), 130-149.

Crawford, E.O., Higgins, H., & Hilburn, J. (2020). Using a global competence model in an instructional design course before social studies methods: A developmental approach to global teacher education.  Journal of Social Studies Research, 44(4), 367-381.

Buchanan, L.B., Hilburn, J., Ward, C., & Journell, W. (2020). Examining internal displacement through the Rohingya crisis. The Clearing House, 93, 1-10.  

Jaffee, A.T., & Hilburn, J. (2020). Teaching immigration in urban contexts. In T. Castro & A. Cuenca. (Eds.). Teaching for citizenship in urban schools (pp. 103-119). Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.


Rong, X.L., & Hilburn, J. (Eds.). (2017). Immigration and education in North Carolina: The challenges and responses in a new gateway state. Boston, MA:Sense Publishers.

Maguth, B.M., & Hilburn, J. (Eds.). (2015). The state of global education: Learning with the world and its people. New York, NY: Routledge.

Additional Information

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