Lori Kumler

Lori Kumler

Instructional Technologist
Position Type
- Present
She / Her

Born and raised in central Ohio, I departed after high school and lived in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Oregon, Maryland, Washington D.C., Rio de Janeiro, and Michigan before returning to Ohio. I’ve been an educator in many contexts: secondary social studies teacher and professor/researcher in the social sciences. I love asking questions and investigating answers, data analysis, and learning how to use new technology.

Over the years I’ve taught courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities; I bring an interdisciplinary mindset to my work. I have undertaken numerous research projects from design to publication/dissemination, including an examination of water policy implementation in Brazil, a content analysis of climate change standards in K12 social studies education, and mixed methods survey-based projects (two projects examined factors that encourage college student voting and another project focused on participation and equity in girls’ public school athletic programs). I have used a wide variety of technology in all my endeavors and am happy to help you harness technology in your own teaching and research.

A.B. Public Policy/Educational Studies, Brown University; M.A.T., Tufts University; M.S. and Ph.D. Natural Resource Policy and Behavior, University of Michigan


  • Kumler, L. (2022). Environmental governance: Comparing power and authority from local to national scales. In Vosburg-Bluem, B., Crocco, M., and J. Passe (Eds.), Teaching Environmental Issues in Social Studies: Education for Civic Sustainability in the 21st Century. NCSS e-Bulletin. Silver Spring, MD: National Council for the Social Studies.
  • Kumler, L. M., & Whittaker, B. M. (2019). Using Campus Presidential Debate Watch Events to Nudge: Enlisting Reference Group Leaders and Incentives in the Quest for Increasing Student Political Participation and Efficacy. Journal of Political Science Education, 1-22.
  • Kumler, L., & Vosburg-Bluem, B. (2014). Climate change in the social studies classroom: A “Why” and “How to” guide using the C3 framework. Social Education, 78(5), 225-229.
  • Kumler, L.M. & Lemos, M.C. (2008). Managing waters of the Paraíba do Sul basin: a case study in institutional implementation and change. Ecology and Society 13(2): 22. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss2/art22/


Grants & Funding
  • Co-PI, internal grant, $20,000. Sports equity: Understanding motivations for participating in school sports in a Northeast Ohio school district
Honors & Awards
  • Recipient of Ohio’s 2020 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service


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