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PhD, St. John's College, Cambridge University, England
Academic Program Coordinator, Transformative Teaching

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-8326
Fax: (703) 993-9380
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2505
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Elizabeth DeMulder is Professor of Education and Academic Program Coordinator of Transformative Teaching (TT), a professional development Master's degree program for practicing educators housed in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, Graduate School of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from St. John's College, Cambridge University. Dr. DeMulder was a Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and initially joined George Mason University under the auspices of the National Science Foundation's Visiting Professorships for Women Program. Dr. DeMulder’s research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts, young children’s development and early education, and teacher professional development focusing on critical pedagogy and social justice issues. She has been involved in community-based action research in Alexandria and in South Arlington, where she developed a family-centered preschool program for low-income, immigrant families as a university/community partnership. Dr. DeMulder co-edited a book entitled Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in Professional Development (Bergin and Garvey, 2001) and has published her research in a variety of professional journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, the Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, Democracy and Education, Peace & Change, and Reflective Practice.


Research Interests

  • Critical pedagogy and action research approaches in teacher professional development
  • Children’s social, emotional, and intellectual development and early education
  • Immigrant families' experiences with early care and education
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research

Recent Publications


  • Stribling, S.M., & DeMulder, E.K. (In press). Critical Literacy in the Second Grade Classroom: Processes and Challenges. Critical Literacies: Theories and Practices.

  • Dodman, S., DeMulder, E.K., View, J.L., Swalwell, K., Stribling, S.M., Ra, S. and Dallman, L.(2018). Equity Audits as a Tool of Critical Data-Driven Decision Making: Preparing Teachers to See Beyond Achievement Gaps and Bubbles. Action in Teacher Education.

  • DeMulder, E.K., View, J.L. & Stribling, S.M. (2016)Teacher Leadership in International Schools: Opportunities and Limitations. 50thAnniversary InterEd Edition of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, 100-103.

  • View, J., Hall, B., DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M., Dodman, S., Swalwell, K., & Ra, S. (2016). Equity audit: A teacher leadership tool for nurturing teacher research. The Educational Forum.

  • DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M., & Dallman, L.(2016). Promoting global competence and social justice in teacher education: Successes and challenges within local and international contexts, by D. Schwarzer and B.L. Bridglall [Book Review]. Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 12, 2016 http://www.tcrecord.orgID Number: 19286

  • Stribling, S.M., DeMulder, E.K., Barnstead, S., & Dallman, L. (2015). The teaching philosophy: An opportunity to guide practice or an exercise in futility? The Teacher Educators’ Journal. 26 (1), 37-50.

  • DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M., & Day, M. (2014). Examining immigrant experiences: Helping teachers develop as critical educators. Teaching Education, 25(1), 43-64. DOI:10.1080/10476210.2012.743984

  • Stribling, S.M. & DeMulder, E.K. (2014). “Dear Sophia, I’m going to another world”: Transforming literacy practices in early childhood. In Lawrence, S. (Ed.), Critical Practices in P-12 Education (pp. 118-141). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.