Nancy Beadie is Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Washington. Dr. Beadie's research focuses on historical relationships among education, economics, and state formation at local, state, national, and international levels, including those represented in her book, Education and the Creation of Capital in the Early American Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which won the Outstanding Book Award from the History of Education Society in 2012. She has also written extensively on the history of women in education.
In her current work, Dr. Beadie shifts her focus chronologically and geographically to look at the particularly strong education provisions adopted by some states in the U.S. West (including Washington State) in the late 19th century, during the same period that southern states adopted considerably weakened education provisions under Jim Crow. She is also extending this analysis of Education during "Greater Reconstruction" in the U.S. to comparisons with the creation of national school systems in other countries .
Read more about her research and work here.