Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and History at Stanford University, and the founder of the Stanford History Education Group (sheg.stanford.edu), whose curriculum and assessments have been downloaded over four million times, making SHEG among the largest providers of free curriculum in the social studies. His latest research focuses on how young people learn how to judge the credibility of content on the unregulated Internet, research that has has been reported in The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC and translated into dozens of languages. Dr. Wineburg's book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, won the 2002 Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for the work "that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education." His new book, Stuck in the Past: Why Learn History When It's Already on Your iPhone will appear in early 2018. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Sweden's Umeå University and was named the Obama-Nehru Distinguished Chair by the US-India Fulbright Commission. In 2014 Dr. Wineburg was elected to the National Academy of Education.
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