Tommy Ender, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tommy Ender


Ph.D., Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, May 2017

Received National Board Certification in Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History, November 2011

M.Ed., Secondary Education, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2004
B.A., History & Political Science, Drew University, Madison, NJ, 2000


Tommy Ender earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Ender has offered courses on qualitative research methodology and supervised middle grades teacher candidates.  Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Ender taught social studies from Grades 6-12 for nine years.

Research Interests

Social Studies Education         
Latino Critical Theory in Education    
Qualitative Methods
Urban Education         
Social Justice in Education
Sociology of Education

Selected Awards

  • Graduate Student Association Conference Participation Award
  • School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
  • Fellow – Future Faculty Fellowship Program
  • UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

Selected Publications

Carrillo, J.F., Ender, T., & Perez, J. (2017). “Letters to our children: Narrating legacies of love, dissent, and possibility.” Journal of Latinos and Education.  DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2017.1319369
Ender, T. (in press).  Ethnic.  In D.G. Krutka, A.M. Whitlock, & M. Helmsing (Eds.),Keywords in social studies: Concepts and conversations.  New York, NY: Peter Lang. 
Ender, T. & Rodriguez, E. (in press). Beyond survival: A portrait of latin@s in north carolina. In L. Urrieta & G. Noblit (Eds.), The cultural construction of identity: Meta- ethnography and theory.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Professional Memberships

American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)