Bob Bain earned his Ph.D. from Case Western University with a special concentration in the history of policy toward youth. Before coming to the University of Michigan in 1998, Bain taught high school history and social studies for 26 years in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
As a historian, history teacher, and teacher-educator, Bain's research investigates the relationships among history as a disciplinary way of knowing, learning and teaching. Current research projects include an investigation of history-specific pre-service and professional development; a history of the preparation of history teachers; the design and use of history-specific technology for students engaged in historical inquiry; and a study of teaching and learning history in museums and with museum resources.
“Rounding Up Unusual Suspects: Facing Authority Hidden in the History Classroom.” Teachers College Record (2006)
“‘They Thought the World Was Flat?’ Principles in Teaching High School History.” How Students Learn: History, Math and Science in the Classroom (Washington: National Academy Press, 2005)