Jo-Anne Hart

Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Joanne Hart

Jo-Anne is a Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies. She has a PhD in Political Science from NYU and has taught education at Lesley for 18 years, where she developed multiple courses on teaching history and social studies. She is the creator of an online civics teaching platform for multiple subject area classrooms: . Learning activities span every grade level and are used nationwide since 2004. Its recent 4th edition has nearly 40k users.

Jo-Anne also acted as a subject matter expert on the review and revision of the California Educational Frameworks (Standards) for Social Sciences, grades 9-12. She is on the advisory board of the Choices Program, a nationwide education initiative out of the History Department at Brown University. The program writes secondary History and Current Issues curriculum used in more than 8,000 schools. Jo-Anne has contributed to numerous Choices curriculum units and over two dozen video segments to their Scholars Online resources. 

She has also served as a judge for National History Day, and for the high school student competition, Write RI.

Education: BA, University of California at Los Angeles; MA, New York University; PhD, New York University

Selected Publications

Growing Voters and the 2016 Presidential Election - Classroom Activity Materials for Teachers, Grades 1-12. Project and Website creator, 2008. "Why Growing Voters Matters: The Need for Engaging Civics Instruction" in Learning and Leading with Technology, ISTE, Summer 2008.
Scholars Online: Iran. Jo-Ann Hart. Online digital videos of analysis of Iran for high school, and on YouTube.

October 14, 2016 article in THE Journal: " Offers Free Curricula on Voting and U.S. Electoral System."

Jo-Anne Hart's June 10, 2016, guest blog on LobeLog, "States Cast Shadow Over Iran Nuclear Deal."

Jo-Anne's June 1, 2016, piece in the Washington Post, Most U.S. states have sanctions against Iran. Here's Why That's a Problem  (with co-author Sue Eckert).

Jo-Anne Hart answers the question "How did the United States intervene in Iran in 1953?" Watch the YouTube video.

April 6, 2015, Hart op-ed in the Providence Journal: Iran gives us what we want.