Andrea Spero

Andrea McEvoy Spero

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Andrea McEvoy Spero is an adjunct professor in the School of Education. She currently teaches the Single Subject Curriculum and Instruction course for the Social Sciences. Her research and teaching focuses on engaging youth in the historical and current contexts of race, gender and human rights. As part of the first cohort of the Human Rights Education graduate program, her research explored the use of performing arts to teach human rights. She has developed curriculum and led teacher training for local and national organizations including the high school implementation of USF’s course From Slavery to Obama: Renewing the Promise of Reconstruction, developed in collaboration with Dr. Clarence B. Jones. 

Research Areas

  • Critical Pedagogy & Social Studies Education
  • Human Rights Education


  • University of San Francisco, EdD in International & Multicultural Education, 2012
  • Loyola Marymount University, MA in Education, 1997

Prior Experience

  • Director of Education, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Dissertation, International and Multicultural Education, 2012

  • Graduate Merit Scholarship, University of San Francisco, 2009-2010

Selected Publications

  • Katz, S.R., Spero A. M. (2015) Bringing human rights education to US classrooms: exemplary models from elementary to grades to university. Palgrave Macmillan

  • Spero, A.M. (2013). A time to break silence: The essential works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for students, resource and curriculum guide. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

  • Spero, A.M. (2012). Human rights education and the performing arts. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 24 (1). 28-35.

  • Carson, C. , Mohnot, A., & Spero, A. M. (2009). King and global liberation. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Stanford University; Inkworks Press.

  • Spero, A. M. (2008). Human rights: By any means necessary. Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, 22 (2). 39-44.