Professor Judith Pace

Judith Pace

Faculty Emeritus


Judith (Judy) Pace is Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Her scholarship examines classroom teaching and curriculum and its relationship to diversity, democracy, and sociopolitical contexts. She has a Fulbright Global Scholar award for 2023-2024 to teach and conduct research at university-based teacher education programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Africa.

Dr. Pace has published four books, numerous research and practitioner articles, and a website with a framework and resources for teaching controversial issues. Prior to USF, she worked at Project Zero on project-based learning, portfolio assessment, teaching for understanding, and comprehensive school reform. Before that, she taught 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


  • 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

  • Fulbright Global Scholar Award, 2023-2024
  • Visiting Scholar, 2016-2017

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