Cara Furman

Cara Furman
Title Associate Professor of Literacy Education (effective Fall 2021)
Telephone 207-778-7021

Having taught for many years in New York Public schools, Cara Furman brings a philosophical stance to concerns about practice. With an undergraduate degree in History, Dr. Furman is committed to the liberal arts – encouraging students to take an inquiry stance towards the world around them. She has published on inclusive classrooms, descriptive inquiry, supporting classroom teachers, practical wisdom in classrooms, the pedagogical value of narrative, and progressive education. Whether teaching methods courses such as ECH 336 or research classes such as ECH 450, Dr. Furman seeks to provide a balance of practical experiences and philosophical discussion.


  • 2003 BA History, Haverford College
  • 2006 MA Elementary Education, Teachers College, Columbia
  • 2014 PhD Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia