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LaGarry, Alison

Clinical Assistant Professor

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"The arts, it has been said, may not change the world, but they may change human beings, who might change the world. "

– Maxine Greene


Alison LaGarry received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, and specialized in the Culture, Curriculum, and Change strand of study. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, as well as a baccalaureate degree from the same institution in Vocal Performance and Music Education. LaGarry has varied public and private school teaching experience in a number of U.S. cities including Boston, M.A. and Washington, D.C. She has partnered with a several prominent organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund and the Metropolitan Opera Guild to implement educational initiatives.

LaGarry’s areas of research include arts integration, STEAM education, arts and music education, social justice, and qualitative research methodology. Her dissertation research focused on the life narratives of music educators who are committed to aims of social justice in their teaching practice. In 2012, LaGarry joined the research team of Wilson, Corbett, and Noblit – a team of educational researchers who have a rich history of evaluating arts integration initiatives across the country. She is currently working with the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota to evaluate Turnaround Arts: Minnesota, as well as other arts education outreach initiatives. Most recently, she has partnered with the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum in Wilson, North Carolina to evaluate the STEAM-based Kinetic Connections Summer Teacher Institute in conjunction with the A+ Schools and the Kenan Fellows Programs.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2016 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Education
  • M.M. 2009 - Ithaca College - Music Education
  • B.M. 2004 - Ithaca College - Vocal Performance and Music Education

Research Interests

  • Social Justice in Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • STEAM Education
  • Arts Education and Arts Integration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research Methodology

Teaching Areas

  • Social Justice in Education
  • Curriculum
  • Research Methods


  • EDUC 533: Social Justice in Education
  • EDUC 753: Introduction to Curriculum

Selected Publications

LaGarry, A. & Noblit, G. (2016). Yong Zhao, World-class learners: Educating creative and Entrepreneurial Students. In J.L. Devitis (Ed.) Contemporary Education Classics: A reader. New York: Peter Lang.

LaGarry, A. (2014). A culture of critique: Personal and professional identity in pre-service music teacher education. Gender, Education, Music, and Society, 7(7), 4-18.

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