Associate Professor, Teaching and LearningGabriel Reich, Ph.D. [View Image]
Reich’s area of special interest is the developing field of historical consciousness, which includes historical thinking and understanding. This sub-field of history and history/social studies education focuses on the ways in which young people come to understand history and to apply historical frameworks to orient themselves in the world. Within this larger sub-field, Dr. Reich’s current research focuses on the collective memories of the Civil War and Emancipation, and how those memories are affected by cultural tools, such as state history standards, examinations, public monuments, family stories and the practice of teaching.
An associate professor of history/social studies education, Dr. Gabriel A. Reich comes to VCU from New York University, where he earned a doctoral degree in teaching and learning. A product of New York City public schools, Reich worked primarily in the Bronx as a day-to-day substitute, a high school humanities and history teacher, and a literacy coach. He has also taught English as a second language in Israel and Brazil.
Reich developed an interest in the assessment of historical knowledge and understanding as a 10th-grade history teacher facing the pressures of high-stakes standardized assessment in high-needs schools. He has published book chapters and journal articles on a range of subjects including history assessment, collective memory and teacher empowerment in the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Theory and Research in Social Education, the Journal of Social Studies Education, the Journal of Thought, Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Social Studies and others.