Kaoru Miyazawa

Chairperson/Associate Professor




Campus Box 0396


Weidensall Hall
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


EdD Teachers College, Columbia University, 2010
MEd Oklahoma State University, 1996

Academic Focus

Curriculum Studies, Globalization, Modern Japan, Feminism, Science and Technology Studies


Kaoru Miyazawa is an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Gettysburg College. She received an Ed.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010, and was a visiting scholar at Fukushima University, Japan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015-2016. As a former K-12 school teacher, she critically examines how official curriculum and the day-to-day practices of schools are shaped by technologies of governance, collective memories, and emotions. She also aspires to bring the insights from her research into K-12 classrooms through publication and collaboration with public school teachers and community organizers. Throughout her past work on immigrant students’ future aspirations in NYC and her current research on curriculum change in post-disaster Fukushima, she explores how citizens from marginalized communities develop desires for “development” originating in the West and how such self-driven assimilation to the West are manifested in their educational beliefs and practices. Her dissertation on immigrant students’ aspirations was a finalist for the Dissertation Award in Curriculum Studies Division of the American Educational Research Association in 2011. Her work has been published in journals and books in various disciplinary fields both in English and Japanese ranging from Journal of Curriculum and Theory, Girlhood Studies, Language Arts, and Key Words in Youth Studies. Her recent article on her experience of conducting ethnography in Fukushima will be published by the Harvard Educational Review this year. She is currently writing a book entitled After the Explosion: Curriculum Change in Post-Disaster Fukushima.

Dr. Miyazawa was the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Award for Community-Based Engagement, which she received in 2012.


Education 199: Foundations of Education

Education 320: Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students

Education 260/360: Globalization Citizenship & Education

Scholarship & Publications

See Dr. Miyazawa’s scholarly work.