Laura Porterfield Assistant Professor

  • Office Location: Winther 6053
  • Phone: (262) 472-5425
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  • Department(s): Educational Foundations
Laura Porterfield


Laura Krystal Porterfield is an Assistant Professor of social and cultural foundations in the Educational Foundations department at UW-Whitewater. Dr. Porterfield received her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Urban Education from Temple University, and her B.A. in English with a concentration in African/African-American Literature from the University of Rochester. She is a former Graduate Associate fellow with the Center for Humanities at Temple and the past recipient of the Temple University Graduate Board Dissertation Completion Grant. Her research is inherently inter-disciplinary, drawing primarily from education, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and geography. Broadly speaking, Dr. Porterfield is interested in how youth learn about varying forms of human difference from visual texts and from their everyday spaces and places. She has published in The Urban ReviewVisual Studiesand The Chicago Companion to the Child on issues of place, race, gender, and education. She presents her work at the professional conferences of the American Educational Research Association, the International Visual Sociological Association, and the Association of American Geographers. She teaches courses in urban education, cultural and social foundations of education, and philosophy of education.  In conjunction with two of her courses, Dr. Porterfield also coordinates the interdisciplinary, classroom and field-based Urban Education module offered through the Educational Foundations department.


  • EDFOUND-PRC 210: Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • EDFOUND 243: Foundations of Education in a Pluralistic Society
  • EDFOUND 341: Urban Education: Issues & Policies
  • EDFOUND 342: Urban Education: Field Study
  • EDFOUND 710: Education in a Pluralistic Society