KJ Shepherd is a historian of standardized testing. They are a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of South Florida. Their dissertation, ““Measuring Up: Standardized Testing and the Making of Modern American Identity, 1945-2001,” examines the ways in which Americans used standardized testing data to stake broader arguments about race, gender, geopolitics, ability, and consumerism during the mid-to-late twentieth century. KJ is also interested in designing teaching practices that use history to develop postsecondary students’ writing and critical thinking skills.
If you are interested in talking with KJ about standardized testing, modern US history in general, or pedagogical practices, email them at keegan[dot]shepherd[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also find them on Twitter @testinghistory.