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Ethan Lowenstein


313 Porter


[email protected]


1992 B.A. Carleton College, (Sociology/Anthropology)
1994 M.A. New York University, (Social Studies Education)
2003 Ph.D. New York University, (International Education)

Ethan Lowenstein

Professional Summary

Interests and Expertise

2003-Present Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern Michigan University
2009-Present Director and Principal Investigator

Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (Great Lakes Fisheries Trust)

2016-Present Principal Investigator

Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-Wet) Program (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration)
2015-Present Principal Investigator

Building Capacity for High Impact EcoJustice Education (Bay and Paul Family

2015-Present Co-Principal Investigator

Students Commitments to the Commons: Civic Action and Learning in Place-
Based Stewardship Education (Spencer Foundation)

2012-2014 Co-Principal Investigator

Developmental Patterns in Conceiving of the Commons: Civic Action and
Learning in Environmental Education (Spencer Foundation)

2005-2010 Co-Principal Investigator

National Professional Development and Evaluation Project (Richard and Susan
Smith Family Foundation)

1994-1997 High School Social Studies Teacher, Park East High School, New York City

Selected Publications

  • Lowenstein, E., Grewal, I., Nielsen, R., Erkaeva, N., & Voelker, L. (Summer, 2018). Place-based teacher education: A model whose time has come. Issues in  Teacher Education, 27(2), 36-52.
  • Lowenstein, E., Smith, G. (2017). Making a world of difference by looking locally. Educational Leadership, 75, 50-56.
  • Lupinacci, J., Lowenstein, E., Burke, C., & Lazarowicz, A. (Summer, 2017). Teaching for equity and environmental justice. Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, 2, 27-33.
  • Selman, R.L., Barr, D., Boulay, B., Lowenstein, E., Fine, M., Gamsey, B., McCormick, R. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of professional development for interdisciplinary civic education. Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 4, 2015, p. ID Number: 17470, Date Accessed: 5/30/2014 10:45:11 AM
  • Burke, W., Marx, G., Lowenstein, E. (2012). Leading, leadership, and learning: exploring new contexts for leadership development in emerging school environments. Planning & Changing, 43, 113-126.
  • Lowenstein, E., Martusewicz, R., & Voelker, L. (2010). Developing teachers’ capacity for EcoJustice Education and Community-Based Learning. Teacher Education Quarterly, 37(4), 99.
  • Lowenstein, E. (2010). Navigating teaching tensions for civic learning. Learning and Teaching (LATISS), 3(1), 32-50.
  • Landorf, H. & Lowenstein, E. (2010). Designing an interactive learning center museum on the civil rights movement in the school context. In E. Heilman with R. Fruja and M. Missias (Eds.), Social studies and diversity education (pp.129- 133). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Lowenstein, Ethan. (2006). Voices from the crossroads. In Teachers College Press (Ed.), Forever After: New York City teachers on 9/11 (pp. 159-175). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Landorf, H. & Lowenstein, E. (2004). The Rosa Parks myth: A third-grade history investigation. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 16(3), 5-9.

Selected Presentations



Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Licensures and Certifications

Additional Information

2015-16 John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, Eastern Michigan University
2014-15 Nominated for AERA Social Studies SIG Outstanding Paper Award
2014 Recipient of the Dale Rice Award for Academic Innovation in AS-L and Community Engagement
2008-9 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
2008-9 Recipient, Faculty Research Fellowship (Fall Term at Harvard University)
2007 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award
2006 Dean's Award for Innovative Teaching
2005 Recognition of Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, Eastern Michigan University
1996 Teacher of the Year, New York City Alternative High Schools.