Jack Dougherty's teaching and research draw connections between educational history, policy, and practice in U.S. cities and suburbs. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, taught high school social studies in Newark, New Jersey, then earned his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jack's prize-winning first book, More Than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee, explores how three generations of civil rights activism changed from the 1930s to the present in the urban North. A web-book edition appears on the Long Civil Rights Movement Project by the University of North Carolina Press, and oral history interviews have been digitized for the March on Milwaukee civil rights history project website.
His current research, On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, is freely available as a public history web-book, which blends an historical narrative with digital archives. It features interactive maps created with MAGIC, the Map and Geographic Information Center at the University of Connecticut, funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities digital fellowship.
Writing History in the Digital Age, co-edited with Kristen Nawrotzki, is a born-digital volume of essays, under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. During its open peer review period, designated experts and general readers posted over 940 comments. Pending final approval by the Press, the book will be sold in print and freely distributed online.