Professor Rury is a social historian and his writing has focused on gender, race and social inequality in education, with an emphasis on recent history. In addition to Education and Social Change (2002, 2005, 2009 and 2013), his works include Education and Women's Work (1991), Seeds of Crisis: Public Schooling in Milwaukee Since 1920 (1993, with Frank Cassel), Urban Education in the United States (2005) and Rethinking the History of American Education (2008, with William J. Reese). In 2012 he published The African American Struggle for Secondary Schooling: Closing the Graduation Gap, coauthored with his Kansas sociology colleague, Shirley Hill. His work has also appeared in History of Education Quarterly, Historical Methods, Social Science History, American Journal of Education, Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, The Journal of Negro Education, and Educational Policy, among other journals. He is currently working on a study of urban-suburban inequality in metropolitan Kansas City during the postwar era.
Professor Rury has previously taught at DePaul University, Ohio State University and Antioch College. He has been active in national and regional professional associations, including terms as editor of the American Educational Research Journal and as president of the Midwest History of Education Society (1990), president of the History of Education Society of the United States (1998) and vise president of the American Educational Research Association (for Division F, 1997-1999). He also served as a Senior Program Officer at the Spencer Foundation (1999-2002) and is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the Kansas City Area Educational Research Consortium (KCAERC).
Dr. Rury lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where the university’s principal campus is located, forty miles west of Kansas City. His wife Aida Alaka is a law professor at Washburn University in nearby Topeka.
Contours in the History of American Schooling, 4th Edition
This brief, interpretive history of American schooling focuses on the evolving relationship between education and social change. Like its predecessors, this new edition investigates the impact of social forces such as industrialization, urbanization, immigration and cultural conflict on the...
Published July 1st 2012 by Routledge