Faculty Profiles

Dr. James Duplass

Dr. James (Jimmy) Duplass, Professor

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Email: duplass@usf.edu
Office: EDU 302V 

Jimmy Duplass graduated from De La Salle high school in New Orleans and was appointed as a faculty member at Saint Louis University, Loyola, Penn State University and the University of South Florida.  He has served as an assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Louis University, Associate Provost at Wayne State University, and the Campus Executive Officer at Penn State Altoona and University of South Florida at Fort Myers.


Research Interests


Selected Publications


His most recent book by Routledge, The Idea of a Social Studies Education: The Role of Philosophical Counseling (2018) takes a uniquely humanistic approach to the idea of a social studies education. It explains how teachers can avoid political biases by use of critical thinking to help students decipher what a democratic ideology truly is and act as philosophical counselors by focusing on the cultivation of students’ autonomy, authenticity, efficacy, and agency so students can create an identity worth living, enjoy what philosopher’s refer to as “The Good Life” (eudemonia), and effectively participate in democratic society.

  • The Idea of a Social Studies Education The Role of Philosophical Counseling, NY: Routledge, 2018. 
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Strategies, Standards, and Internet Resources (3rd Ed.). CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010.
  • The Elementary Teacher’s Guide to the Best Internet Resources, coauthored with B. Cruz. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007.
  • Social Studies on the Internet (3rd Ed.), coauthored with M. Berson, B. Cruz, and H. Johnston. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2007.
  • Middle and High School Teaching: Methods, Standards & Best Practices. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies: What Every Elementary School Teacher Should Know. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
  • Crescent City Short Stories. New Orleans, LA: Creole Press, 1992.


Teaching Justice as a Personal Virtue and Civic Value: What’s an Elementary School Teacher to do in a Highly Politicized Environment?” The Councilor A Journal of the Social Studies, Vol. 72, No. 2 (2014): 1-13.

Ideology: The Challenge for Civic Literacy Educators,” Journal of Civic Literary, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2014): 1-18.

“Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards: A Lesson on the Settlement of the Caribbean,” Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2013): 69-77.

“Teaching History: Strategies for Dealing with Breadth and Depth in a Standards-based Environment,” coauthored with M. Pearcy. The Social Studies, Vol. 102, No. 3, (2011):. 110 -116.

“NCATE Professional Dispositions: What’s a Social Studies Education Professor to Do?” coauthored with B. Cruz. The Social Studies. Vol. 101, No. 4, (2010): 141-151.

“Making Sense of ‘Race’ in the History Classroom: A Literary Approach,” coauthored with B. Cruz. The History Teacher. Vol. 42 No. 4, (2009) pp. 426-440.

“Creating Effective Citizens: Unique Opportunities for Gifted Education through the Social Studies” coauthored with C. Sheffield. Gifted Education International, Vol. 25, (2009): 237-245.

“Social Studies: In Search of a Justification.” The Social Studies Record, Vol. 47, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2008): 45-51.

“Elementary Social Studies: Trite, Disjointed, and in Need of Reform.” The Social Studies, Vol. 98, No. 4 (July/August 2007): 137-144.

Current Research Projects

Dr. Duplass is currently working on a manuscript that analyzes the commonalities of personal and civic identity across Western, Eastern, and Middle Eastern cultures through the works of Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed.