Tocci, Charles

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Social Studies Education; Curriculum History; Social Studies Teacher Preparation

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1120, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6865


CV Link: Tocci CV


Charles Tocci’s work explores the connections between American education and democracy in the past and in the present. He is currently focused on the ways that teaching practice changes in intentional, responsive, and sustained ways. In collaboration with a team of education historians, archivists, and curators, to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and networks to improve the preservation, collection, and writing of urban public education’s history.


  • EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MEd, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MAT, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
  • BS, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Program Areas

  • Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

  • History and Civics Education
  • Change to Teacher Practice
  • Education History Archives

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Historical Association
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
  • InterCultural Studies for the Future
  • National Council for the Social Studies

Courses Taught

  • CIEP 523: School Improvement & Curriculum Reform
  • TLSC 210/406: Education Policy for Diverse Students
  • TLSC 300: Secondary Social Studies Professional Learning Community
  • TLSC 340/450: Teaching & Learning in Secondary Social Studies
  • TLSC 350/451: Teaching & Learning in a Global Framework

Selected Publications

  • Hedges, L., Pigott, T., Polanin, J., Ryan, A., Tocci, C., & Williams, R.* (2016). The question of school resources and student achievement: A history and reconsideration." review of Research in Education Centennial Edition, 40, p.143-168. (*Authors listed in alphabetical order.)
  • Moon, S. & Tocci, C. (2020). Citizenship Education Beyond the Nation State: Implications for Teacher Education. In C. Wolhuter & D. Schugurensky (Eds.), Global Citizenship Education in Teacher Education: Theoretical and Practical Issues (pp. 85-101). Taylor & Francis. 
  • Ryan A.M., Tocci, C., & Moon, S. (2020). The Curriculum Foundations Reader. New York, NY: Palgrave. 
  • Tocci, C. (2018). Wild and Small. Educational Philosophy & Theory, 50(14), p.1312-1313.
  • Tocci, C., Bartolutti, F., Czajka, K., Jeffirs, J., Matassarin, M., Serrano, N., Timlin, A. (2020). Developing educational websites in lieu of clinical framework. In Ferdig, R.E., Baumgartner, E., Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski, R. & Mouza, C. (Eds.), Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field (pp.649-654). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Tocci, C. & Gregg, D. (2018). Realizing Mutual benefits through Partnering on Teaching and Learning: Loyola, Senn High School, and the International Baccalaureate. In A. Ryan & A. Heineke (Eds.), Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities: One university reinvents teacher education for the next generation (pp.39-56) Routledge. 
  • Tocci, C. & Moon, S. (2020, February 6 online). Nonviolencing: Imaging Non-violence Pedagogy with Laozi and Deleuze. Journal of Philosophy of Education
  • Tocci, C., Ryan, A.M., & Pigott, T. (2019). Introduction to the volume: Changing teaching practice in PK-20 education settings. Review of Research in Education, 43, p.xii-xviii.