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Katherine Perrotta

Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Education

Katherine Perrotta


B.S. - State University of New York College at Oneonta, 2006 - Secondary Social Studies Education
M.A. -City University of New York College of Staten Island, 2009 - History
Ph.D. -Georgia State University, 2017 - Teaching and Learning- Social Studies Education


Katherine Perrotta is an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Education with an emphasis on social studies education in the Mercer University College of Education.  She was the recipient of the John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2017 from the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum for her research on implementing historical empathy pedagogies in middle and secondary social studies. Prior to relocating to Atlanta, Katherine was a middle school social studies teacher in the New York City Department of Education, and holds professional educator certification in New York and Georgia.  She taught U.S. history and world history courses, as well as teacher education courses as a Part-Time Assistant Professor of History at various institutions in the University System of Georgia.  Her research on historical empathy pedagogies, high impact practices, student engagement, social studies methods, and the history of education topics on antebellum civil rights activist Elizabeth Jennings have been published in several leading educational and history journals.


Social studies curriculum and instruction; organization, planning, and assessment; action research and qualitative research methods.


Engaged learning strategies in middle and secondary social studies, historical empathy pedagogies, high-impact practices in online and hybrid environments, culturally-relevant curricula with an emphasis on local histories about underrepresented historical figures such as Elizabeth Jennings of New York City, and studies on the history of education in the United States.


Allee-Herndon, K., & Perrotta, K.A. (Accepted, 2020). Making space for teachers to create social justice brave spaces: Educational leadership that supports social justice work in classrooms, in Shankar-Brown, Ed. Bending the Arc Towards Justice: Equity-Focused Practices for Educational Leaders. Information Age Publishing.
Perrotta, K.A. (2020). Busing in U.S. history: A lesson to promote historical empathy. Middle Level Learning- the National Council for the Social Studies 68(3), 2-14.
Perrotta, K.A. (2020). Getting HIP: A study on the implementation of asynchronous discussion boards as a high-impact practice in online undergraduate survey history courses. The Journal of Social Studies Research 44(2), 209-217.
Perrotta, K.A., & Bohan, C.H. (2020). A reflective study of online faculty teaching experiences in higher education. The Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education 3(1), 50-65.
Perrotta, K.A. (2020). Hubbard, J. (2019). Extending the ground of public confidence: Teaching civil liberties in K-16 social studies education. Information Age Publishing, 364 pages, $45.99 (soft cover), ISBN 1641137789. Teachers College Record, ID Number: 23369.

Perrotta, K.A. (2019). Bringing history to life: A study on the implementation of an oral history research project as a high impact practice in undergraduate history courses. The Social Studies 110(6), 267-280.


Dr. Perrotta is a member of several professional organizations including the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council for History Education, the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum, and several AERA SIGs.  She serves as a manuscript reviewer for Curriculum & Teaching Dialogue, Social Studies Research and Practice, and The Journal of Social Studies Research.  She works with Tift students in the MAT, Ed.S., and Ph.D. programs; mentors students as a university supervisor for field placement; and serves on the Tift Field Work and By-Laws committees.  Dr. Perrotta conducts educational outreach by designing and teaching local history lessons for the Johns Creek Historical Society and volunteers as a judge for the annual Georgia National History Day competition.