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Ann Claunch, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum


Ann Claunch is the director of curriculum for National History Day, Inc. (NHD) and is professor emeritus of history education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Dr. Claunch's educational experience includes 14 years as a public school teacher and 12 years as a university professor. She has researched, presented and written professionally on history education and adult education.

Dr. Claunch's publications mirror her research interest and range from the stages of development in training mentors to the non-traditional representation of research to the study of history education. She is active in the history education community and continues to present at the state and national levels, including the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for History Education. Dr. Claunch's primary responsibilities are to write curriculum and present teacher workshops for NHD. In addition, Dr. Claunch is the co-author of a new book, Gateways: Teaching the American West, which utilizes fictional books as entry points to historical inquiry. Dr. Claunch received her B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University in 1977, her M.A. Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1981 and her Ph.D. in history education from the University of New Mexico in 2002. The title of her dissertation is, "How Students Understand Historical Time by Reading Fiction and Non-Fiction."

Dr. Claunch joined National History Day in 2005. She credits NHD for the direction of her work today. In 1992, the NHD summer institute "Teaching the Quincentenary" changed her life. As a participant in the summer institute, she was so engaged with the new scholarship on Columbus that she left the classroom and immediately began work on a Ph.D.