School of Education

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LaGarrett King

Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education

Phone: 864-656-6639
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Educational Background

Ph.D Curriculum and Instruction
University of Texas-Austin 2012

MS Educational Leadership
Nova Southeastern University 2006

Ed.S Curriculum and Instruction Management
Nova Southeastern University 2007

BS Secondary Social Studies Education
Louisiana State University 2000


LaGarrett King is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education at Clemson University. Dr. King received his B.S in Social Studies Education from Louisiana State University, M.S and Ed.S from Nova Southeastern University, and earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (specializing in Social Studies Education) from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor King is a former classroom teacher and has worked for school systems in Texas and Georgia.

Dr. King's scholarly focus falls into two interconnected strands of research related to African American history education and Critical Multicultural Education. The first strand examines how schools, teachers, students and the public interpret and pedagogically implement the content of African American history. His second strand focuses on the foundations of curriculum. More specifically, he examines the intellectual and pedagogical history of African Americans’ conceptions of Social Studies education. His work has been published in Multicultural Perspectives, The Social Studies, Theory and Research in Social Education, and the Journal of Social Studies Research. In addition, he has presented at numerous conferences and conducted professional development in local schools and organizations.

Dr. King is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and awards including the Graduate Student Research Award from the International Society of the Social Studies and the Graduate Continuing Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. This past year, Dr. King was selected to participate in North Carolina State University's Building Future Faculty Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Courses Taught

EDSEC 428 Teaching Secondary Social Studies
ED 901 Critical Issues in Social Studies Education

Research Interests

History Education (emphasis on African American history)
Social Studies and Curriculum Foundations
Racial Knowledge
Memory Studies
Critical Multicultural Teacher Education


National Council for the Social Studies
College and University Faculty Assembly
National Association for Multicultural Education
American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)