Elizabeth Hauck


Advisor: William Reese

Liz Hauck


I am a doctoral student in the departments of Educational Policy Studies and History, with a focus on the history of American education. I am interested in ideas about equity, mercy, and the distribution of educational opportunity in the United States in the twentieth century, and study how schooling intersects public and private interests, and how mothers’ activism is a portal to understanding the relationship between public schools, differently imagined versions of American freedom, and individual and family access to the full benefits of American citizenship. More broadly, I am interested in how memory shapes stories and stories make history, and how the stories we tell ourselves shape our understanding of our communities and the world. My work is informed by over a decade of service as a high school teacher in Boston, and two years as an Americorps volunteer in Chicago. My advisors are Adam Nelson and William Reese.


M.A., University of Wisconsin—Madison
M.Ed., Boston College
B.A., Boston College


  • U.S./North American History

MA Thesis Title

  • “The Hands That Rocked the Cradle of Liberty: The ‘conservative-not-feminist’ activism of the white mothers of ROAR in Boston in the 1970s”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Mrs. Batson & Mrs. Hicks: Race, Rights, and the Mothers’ Fight for Public Education in Boston”

Courses Taught as TA

  • History/EPS 412 – History of American Education

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • EPS 300 – School and Society