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Megan VanGorder, Ph.D.


Civic Engagement, History Pedagogy, Illinois History and Civil War Era Expert

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Dr. Megan VanGorder is an Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Secondary Social Studies Education in the College of Arts and Sciences at Governors State University.

Dr. VanGorder holds a Ph.D. in History, a M.A. in Humanities and American Studies, and a B.A. in History and Education. Prior to joining Governors State University, she taught middle school history for five years.

Dr. VanGorder's Research Focus:

  • Civic engagement
  • History pedagogy
  • Local history (History of Illinois)
  • Civil War era

Relevant Work:

  • VanGorder, M. “Grounding History Instruction: Engaging Place and Scale through Iterative Local Inquiry Design,” The Councilor: A National Journal of the Social Studies: Vol. 86: No. 1, Article 1.
  • VanGorder, M. “Sorrow Comes to All”: Bloomington, Illinois's Demonstration of Community Paticipation in Civil War Grief," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, vol. 112, no. 4, 2019, pp. 380-406.

Dr. VanGorder is available to talk about civic engagement, history pedagogy, local history and the Civil War era. If you would like to arrange an interview with Dr. VanGorder, please contact Zion Banks, Media & External Relations, 708.235.7685 or