Taylor Hamblin
Taylor Hamblin

taylor.hamblin@huskers.unl.edu Ph.D. Program Teaching, Curriculum and Learning

Brief Biography

Taylor Hamblin hold a bachelors in History and Spanish (2013), an Education Certificate (2013), and a Masters in History (2018) all from the University of South Dakota. While attending USD, he worked as a graduate assistant and taught World Civilizations to undergraduate students, and substitute taught at local school districts.


Before arriving at the University of Nebraka-Lincoln, Hamblin taught U.S. History and Spanish to 8th grade students at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre, SD (2015-2019). He organized summer trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City, advised and hosted National History Day, coached Track and Weights & Conditioning, and taught a Mock Senate curriculum.


In August 2019 Hamblin started as a PhD student in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. He advises pre-service social studies teachers through their practicum and student teacher experiences, as well as teaches social studies methods courses. As for research interests, Hamblin focuses on how teachers think about historical thinking, the practices educators use to successfully lead students through deep thinking, the role of identity in constructing knowledge, and the history of social studies education. He also has an interest in military history and has completed several projects and presentations in that field.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

History Education
Historical Thinking
Inquiry Assessment in the social studies
Social studies teacher communities


Publications & Conference Presentations

Johnson, A. & Hamblin, T. (Under Review) Do Words Matter?: Using Inquiry and the Politics of Naming to Promote Critical Perspective Consciousness. Social Studies Research and Practice.

Scribner, G., & Hamblin, T. (Under Review). Hollywood or History? 12 Years A Slave. In P Yoder's & A. Johnson's Hollywood or History? An inquiry-based strategy form using film to acknowledge trauma in social studies. Series Eds. S. Roberts & C. Elfer. Information Age Publishing (Anticipated Publication Date: Fall/Winter 2021).

Hamblin, T. (Accepted). The Current State of Assessing Historical Thinking: A Literature Analysis. The Nebraska Educator.

Hamblin, T., Jim M., and Maddie G. (2019). History Forge: An Online Resource for Teaching Approaches, Educator Tools, and Examples of Exemplary Teaching. Website presented at the annual Great Plains Social Studies Council 2019 Workshop. September 28, 2019: Fargo, ND.

Hamblin, T., and Jim M. (2019). National History Day curriculum. Presented speech at the annual South Dakota Indian Education Summit. September 22-September 24, 2019: Pierre, SD.

Hamblin, T. (2019). Redefining Purpose in History Education. Presented speech at the annual South Dakota Historical Society Conference. April 26-April 27, 2019: Pierre, SD

Hamblin, T. (2018). Training Soldiers: 20th Century Historiography of Military Training Pedagogy. Presented paper at annual Northern Great Plains History Conference. September 20-September 22: Mankato, MN.

Hamblin, T. (2018). Training the South Dakota Army National Guard Officers: The Influences of September 11. Presented paper at the annual Missouri Valley History Conference. March 1-March 3, 2018.

Hamblin, T. (2017). Training the South Dakota National Guard. Presented paper at the annual Northern Great Plains History Conference. October 4-October 7, 2017: Bismarck, ND.

Hamblin, T. (2017). Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Post Cold-War Training Doctrine. Presented at the annual Missouri Valley History Conference. March 2-March 4, 2017: Omaha, NE.

Hamblin, T. (2015). Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Growth of the South Dakota Army National Guard Office Candidate School 1986-2006. Presented paper at the annual Northern Great Plains History Conference. September 30-October 3, 2015: Bismark, ND.

Hamblin, T. (2015). Comments for 21st Century Middle East panel. Paper presented at the Fiftieth Annual Student History Conference. April 21, 2015: Vermillion, SD.

Hamblin, T. (2014). Comments for World War II panel. Paper presented at the Forty-Ninth Annual Student History Conference. April 24, 2014: Vermillion, SD.

Hamblin, T. (2014). Perceptions of COIN: Did A Military Doctrine Change the Balance of War? Paper presented at the annual Missouri Valley History Conference. March 6-March 8, 2019: Omaha, NE.