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Sarah McGrew

Assistant Professor

College of Education




Information Science

Language Proficiency


Sarah McGrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education. She studies educational responses to the spread of online mis- and disinformation. Her research focuses on young people’s civic online reasoning—how they search for and evaluate online information on contentious social and political topics—and how schools can better support students to learn effective evaluation strategies.

McGrew previously worked with the Stanford History Education Group to develop assessments of students’ civic online reasoning, conduct research on fact checkers’ strategies for evaluating digital content, and test curriculum designed to teach these strategies to secondary and college students. Her current research focuses on how best to support teachers to learn civic online reasoning themselves and design lessons for students and how to design lessons in civic online reasoning that are rooted in civic and community issues that students know and care about.

McGrew earned a B.A. in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College, an M.A. and teacher certification in the Stanford Teacher Education Program, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University.

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