March 27, 1940 |
Schenectady, New York
|Fields||History of education|
|Institutions||University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Chicago
|Alma mater||Yale University
Carl Frederick Kaestle (born March 27, 1940) is University Professor and Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy emeritus at Brown University. His historical research has focused on the development of American schools, particularly in the 1800s. He formerly worked at the University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was the William F. Vilas Research Professor in educational policy studies and history, and chair of the educational policy studies department. He is a former president of the National Academy of Education, and has held renown for his work on American educational history.
Early life and career
Carl Frederick Kaestle was born on March 27, 1940 in Schenectady, New York. He graduated with a B.A. from Yale in 1962, and with a master's and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1971. He is a former president of the National Academy of Education. Writing for The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Harvey J. Graff declared Kaestle "one of the leading practitioners of American educational history". David Tyack referred to Kaestle's Pillars of the Republic as "the best interpretation of antebellum school development written thus far."
Kaestle came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1970 and later became the William F. Vilas Research Professor in educational policy studies and history. He was the chair of Madison's educational policy studies department between 1978 and 1981. Towards the late 1980s, he had international renown as a historian of American education and literacy. His research has focused on the development of American schools, particularly in the 1800s. Kaestle co-founded the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America at the UW–Madison in 1992. He was the original chair of its advisory board, which gathered academics and librarians interested in print culture from across UW–Madison's campus.
Kaestle left the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the University of Chicago in 1995. He is University Professor and Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy emeritus at Brown University.
In his 1983 Pillars of the Republic, Kaestle argued "... the eventual acceptance of state common-school systems was encouraged by Americans' commitment to republican government, by the dominance of native Protestant culture, and by the development of capitalism".
His latest project is a book on the history of federal involvement in elementary and secondary education from 1940 to 1980.
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- Pawley, Christine (Winter 2008). "'Success on a Shoestring:' A Center for a Diverse Print Culture History in Modern America" (PDF). Library Trends 56 (3). University of Illinois. pp. 705–719. doi:10.1353/lib.2008.0016. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
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- Kaestle, Carl F. (1983). Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860. Hill and Wang. pp. x. ISBN 0809001543.
- "The Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown: Carl Kaestle". Brown University. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.