Reasoning With Democratic Values 2.0

About the Authors

About the Authors


David Harris

David Harris is a retired professor of teacher education at the University of Michigan. Before that, he was the social studies education director for the school districts of Oakland County, Michigan, and an American history teacher at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin. With Alan Lockwood of the University of Wisconsin, he co-authored the first edition of Reasoning with Democratic Values. He lives in northern Michigan adjacent to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore with his wife, Marcia, a retired kindergarten teacher. Their children and grandchildren visit often. David wrote several of the chapters of this book while overlooking the splendor of the lakeshore.


Anne-Lise Halvorsen

Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests are elementary social studies education, historical inquiry, project-based learning, the history of education, the integration of social studies and literacy, and teacher preparation in the social studies. Her publications have appeared in Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, and Theory and Research in Social
Education. She is the author of A History of Elementary Social Studies: Romance and Reality (Peter Lang, 2013) and the co-author of Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students (Cengage, 2012). In 2017, Anne-Lise won the Michigan Council for the Social Studies College Educator of the Year Award. She is a former kindergarten teacher and a former curriculum writer for the State of Michigan.She resides in Detroit, Michigan, with her husband, Bil Lusa, and their three children.


Paul Dain

Paul Dain is a retired teacher from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he taught American Government, Advanced Placement American Government, and Advanced Placement Comparative Government at Andover High School. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Western Michigan University and his master’s degree in the teaching of social studies from Wayne State University. In 1983, he received the Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award by the Michigan Law-Related Education organization. In 1987, he received the Master Teacher designation by Bloomfield Hills Schools. In 1997, he received the Newsweek-WDIV Michigan Outstanding Teacher Award. In 1984, he authored the Detroit Free Press Elections Workbook, an advanced-level workbook for high school teachers to use in teaching about presidential elections. Paul resides in Florida with his wife, Jane, and continues to be engaged in educational, community, and civic activities. Contact Paul at: