Sam Wineburg
Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and Professor, by courtesy, of History

SAM Wineburg

Researcher |  Author | Speaker


Sam Wineburg is one of the world’s leading experts on how history is taught and learned.

His ground-breaking scholarship has been cited thousands of times and helped launch a new educational literature

Since the explosion of digital misinformation, his work has focused on how young people decide what to believe online.

Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, at Stanford University, where he founded in the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), the largest purveyor of free curriculum in the social studies, with more than 14 million downloads and counting. An interdisciplinary scholar, his academic research has appeared in leading journals across three fields: education, history, and psychology, and his public writing has appeared in venues like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, TIME, The Smithsonian, Slate, and Education Week. In 2012 he was named the Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair and in 2015 he was inducted into the National Academy of Education. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University.



Verified offers clear advice on how to navigate a world of spin, trolls, and lies." --Maria Ressa, Winner, Nobel Peace Prize

Books >


In the Los Angeles TImes: "What happens when TikTok is your main source of news and information."

Popular writing >


Explore academic articles and reports in publications such as the Journal of Higher Education, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Educational Researcher, and more.

Academic articles & reports >


"After any session Sam leads, our inboxes are filled with requests to bring him back! His ability to communicate about important trends in education in a compelling way that everyone can understand is unmatched."
- Shanti Elangovan, CEO & Founder inquirED

"There is perhaps nothing more important in education right now than helping students navigate the information landscape, and no one is doing more important work on this front than Sam Wineburg."
- Jeff Lippman, Head of School, Avenues School, Silicon Valley

"Working with Sam was inspiring, joyful, and intellectual. Sam prepared a three-hour workshop for 70 teachers—they wished it was longer!"
- Jillian Gaeta, Director of History, Achievement First Charter Schools, Brooklyn, NY

"Zoom presentations are often deadly, but Sam managed to fully engage the audience. Teachers left the session with new tools for helping their students navigate our information-rich world."
- Martha Kohl, Montana Historical Society

"If we want young people to become smart consumers of information and actively engaged citizens, Sam’s resources and trainings are essential for every K-12 classroom teacher."
- Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D, past president, National Council for the Social Studies