Episode 176: New Materialism and Social Studies with Peter Nelson & Scott Durham

In episode 176, Michael and Dan chat with Peter Nelson about his new publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “Between aspiration and reality: New materialism and social studies education.”

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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Nelson, P. M., Segall, A., & Durham, B. S. (2021). Between aspiration and reality: New materialism and social studies education. Theory & Research in Social Education, 49(3), 449-476.
  2. Tuana, N. (2008). Viscous porosity: witnessing Katrina. Material feminisms, 188-213.
  3. Bennett, J. (2010). Vibrant matter: A political ecology of things. Duke University Press.


Peter Nelson is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at Southern Illinois University. His current research explores teaching life and how teachers might embody teaching lives that are more life-giving, sustaining, and livable. 

B. Scott Durham is an Instructional Coach who is interested in bringing to life new ways of thinking about teaching and learning within social studies and across disciplines. His current research explores the usefulness of memories and seeks to push that usefulness into the future. He can be reached at durhambr@msu.edu


We would like to thank Zack Seitz of Wylie High School (TX) and the University of North Texas for his editing skills.

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