College of Professional Studies

Professor M. Gail Hickey

M. Gail Hickey, Ed.D.Photo of M. Gail Hickey, Ed.D.


  • Office: Neff Hall, 240G
  • Phone: 260-481-6458
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Professional Background

Gail Hickey came to the university in 1988. Dr. Hickey was born in Tennessee. She received a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Lee University in 1978, an M.S. in Elementary and Gifted Education from The University of Tennessee in 1983, and an Ed.D. in Elementary and Gifted Education from The University of Tennessee in 1986. Dr. Hickey received post-doctoral training in Oral History Methodology (University of Vermont), in Geographic Education (National Geographic Society), and in Teacher Assessment (University of Georgia). She taught elementary grades in Tennessee and, in Georgia, served as Coordinator of Gifted Programs and teacher of the gifted.

Dr. Hickey’s research agenda focuses on contemporary migration. She uses oral history methodology to study the experiences and perspectives of both U.S. immigrants and refugees, with a particular emphasis on gendered perspectives. Dr. Hickey was a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (University of Colorado), the Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota), and the Institute for Advanced Study (Indiana University). Her research has particular application to P-12 classroom settings and to the local community.

Dr. Hickey has published two textbooks: ‘Even the Janitor is White’: Educating for Cultural Diversity in Small Colleges and Universities (2012, co-edited with Brian Lanahan) and Bringing History Home: Local & Family History Projects K-6 (1999). Her other scholarship includes serving as co-author of the Scott Foresman K-6 Social Studies textbook series, publication of 14 textbook chapters and more than 60 refereed journal articles. Many of Dr. Hickey’s publications are in prestigious journals such as Teachers College Record, Journal of International Women’s Studies, International Journal of Social Education, Oral History Review, Social Education, Intercultural Education, Gifted Child Quarterly, Roeper Review, and others. She has presented more than 150 international or national conference papers and more than 30 regional/state conference papers.

Dr. Hickey serves professional organizations and the community through membership on Executive Boards, by holding office, and through consultation. She is married, enjoys walking in the woods, and likes to read medieval mysteries.