Dr. Margaret Clark

Assistant Professor, Education

Margaret Clark
(413) 662-5315
Mark Hopkins Hall Rm 201


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016

M.A., Sonoma State University, 2010

Master Teacher Credential, Maria Montessori
Teacher Training Center, 2008

B.A., English, Williams College, 2002


Courses Taught

Education & Society

Program Development for 3, 4, and 5 year olds

Ethics and the Foundations of Schooling

Field Placement 1

Student Teaching Seminar

Description of Special Projects/Activities

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Clark advises nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and public policy initiatives that promote education and care for families and children, the social and emotional development of young children, and literacy initiatives both in and outside of the classroom setting.

Research/Creative Interests

Dr. Clark's research focuses on projects that nurture the healthy development of young children and provide support to the adults that care for and educate them. She examines how early childhood educators, and the care that they provide, is both visible and invisible in the current educational, political, and sociocultural environment. Her recent research focuses on how educators can engage in critical reflective practice and collaborative inquiry to support one another in what can be quite isolating work – both in homes and in school-based settings.


Clark, M. (2018). Edges and Boundaries: Finding Community and Innovation as an Early Childhood Educator. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-018-0904-z

Clark, M. (2019). Our Rigorous Work: Reflections & Actions from an Educator Inquiry Group. An Leanbh Óg, the OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies.

Buchanan. R. & Clark, M. (2018). At the top of every syllabus: Examining & becoming (critical) reflective practitioners. In D. Garbett & A. Ovens (Eds.), Pushing boundaries and crossing borders: Self-study as a means for knowing pedagogy, Herstmonceux, UK: S-STEP, ISBN: 978-0-473-35893-8.