Elizabeth Hauck

Email: ehauck@wisc.edu

Advisors: Adam Nelson and William Reese

Liz Hauck


I’m a student of Educational Policy Studies and History and I write about the history of American education as a story of simultaneous expansion and exclusion. I study ideas about equity, mercy, and the distribution of educational opportunity, and how ideas inform and uphold policies of segregation, desegregation and resegregation in the United States throughout the twentieth century. My work considers how schooling intersects public and private interests, how race and racial categorization has shaped student and teacher experience in schools, 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 write about 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 research 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 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”

Courses Taught as TA

  • History/EPS 412 – History of American Education
  • EPS 903 – History of Education in Multicultural America

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • EPS 150 – Education Policy and Practice
  • EPS 300 – School and Society