Brenda Trofanenko
University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
1310 S. Sixth Street
Champaign, IL

Brenda Trofanenko is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research interests include examining how racial and ethnic identities are formed within the public sphere, specifically with respect to questions of how history is utilized to define particular identities. She has published articles in a number of academic journals including Journal of Curriculum Studies, Anthropology in Education Quarterly, and The Social Studies. She consults for the U.S. government, particularly on the pedagogical value offered by museums, libraries, and archives. Her most recent project focuses on issues of indigenous self-determination and sovereignty over education and culture. She currently commutes between the cornfields of Illinois and the mountains of Alberta, where she remembers to ski.


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