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Kristy Brugar

Kristy Brugar, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair

Kristy Brugar

Instrucational Leadership and
Academic Curriculum
Social Studies Education

Phone: (405) 325-1498
Office: Collings Hall 123

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Research Interests

  • Elementary social studies education
  • Interdisciplinary instruction including history, literacy, and visual arts
  • Teacher Development


Kristy A. Brugar is a professor, social studies education, at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary social studies education. She took over as department chair in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum in July 2020.

Previously, she was an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and a middle school social studies teacher in Maryland and Michigan. Dr. Brugar earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University. Dr. Brugar’s research focuses on social studies and history education, interdisciplinary instruction involving history/social studies, literacy, and visual arts, and teacher development.

Dr. Brugar is a recipient of the OU Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Junior Faculty Award (2017), the National Council for the Social Studies, College and University Faculty Assembly Early Career Award (2017), and the OU Robert L. and Nan A. Huddleston Presidential Professor of Education (2018).