Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
My main area of research focuses on the history of science education in American high schools. I also write about issues related to the nature of science in the present-day school curriculum and on how the history, philosophy, and sociology of science have been used in science education research.
My most recent book (forthcoming from Oxford University Press) traces the various arguments for teaching science in the United States—that it is key to economic growth, offers desirable career opportunities, prepares students for democratic deliberation, and so on—and then examines each argument on its merits with the goal of developing a better understanding of what science education (as currently envisioned and practiced) can reasonably accomplish.
Professor Rudolph received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum and instruction and has a masters degree in the history of science from Wisconsin as well. Prior to his appointment in the department, he spent a number of years teaching physics, chemistry, and biology in middle schools and high schools across Wisconsin. In addition to his appointment in C&I, he has affiliate appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. He is the past editor-in-chief of the Wiley & Sons journal Science Education.
His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. During the 2004-05 academic year he was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Email: john.rudolph [at] wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 263-4600
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
225 N. Mills St.
Madison, WI 53706