Diana Hess is professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former high school teacher, she currently teaches courses for undergraduate and graduate students in social studies education, social studies research, and democratic education. Since 1998 she has been researching what young people learn from deliberating highly controversial political and constitutional issues in schools. She is currently the lead investigator of a five-year study that seeks to understand the relationship between various approaches to democratic education in schools and the actual political engagement of young people after they leave high school. Professor Hess also researches the ideological messages embedded in high school textbooks and other forms of curriculum. She has recently completed a study of what curricula communicate about terrorism, 9/11, and its aftermath. A similar study examining how textbooks treat Brown v. Board of Education was published in 2004. An article that Hess wrote about ideological perspectives in documentary films received the Most Learned Article of 2007 award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Hess is the author of Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion (2009), which received the 2009 exemplary research award from the National Council for the Social Studies. Hess earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on constitutional law at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998. Beginning in September, 2011, Hess will be on leave from the UW-Madison to join the Spencer Foundation as their Senior Vice-President.