Professor Judith Pace

Judith Pace

Professor, Teacher Education


Judith L. Pace is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education. She is a qualitative researcher who examines classroom teaching and curriculum — focusing on social studies — and its relationship to diversity, democracy, and sociopolitical contexts. She has studied classroom authority relationships and academic engagement, teaching for democratic citizenship in government classes, social studies under high stakes accountability, and teacher preparation for teaching controversial issues. Her last study was conducted in Northern Ireland, England, and the Midwestern U.S., and she is fascinated by curriculum and teaching in politically divided and post-conflict societies.

Prior to USF, Dr. Pace worked at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she earned her doctorate. She worked with teachers, school leaders, and researchers on project-based learning, portfolio assessment, teaching for understanding, and comprehensive school reform. Before that, she taught in special education, progressive, and middle school programs in Boston area schools.

Research Areas

  • Teacher education
  • Social studies education
  • Teaching controversial issues and contested history
  • Classroom relationships, curriculum, and teaching in the sociopolitical contexts of schooling


  • Visiting Scholar, 2016–2017
  • Teacher Education Department Chair, 2013–2016
  • Coordinator of MAT master's courses, 2012–present


  • EdD, Harvard University
  • CAS, Harvard University
  • MEd, Lesley College
  • BA, Brandeis University

Prior Experience

  • K-12 Teacher in special education and progressive settings in the Boston area
  • Researcher and developer, Harvard Project Zero

Awards & Distinctions

  • Spencer Foundation Research Communications Grant, 2021
  • Spencer Foundation Research Grant, 2016-2017
  • Jesuit Foundation Research Grant, University of San Francisco, 2004 – 2005
  • Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1995- 1998

Selected Publications

Additional Information

Selected Media Appearances


  • Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
  • Curriculum Currents and Controversies
  • Curriculum Development and Design
  • Teaching Controversies
  • Qualitative Research