D. Antonio Cantu, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Director of Education, Counseling, and Leadership, Bradley University – Illinois, USA

D. Antonio Cantù, PhD is Associate Dean and Director of Education, Counseling, and Leadership at Bradley University. Dr. Cantu received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University, EdS in Community College Education, MA in History, and BS in Social Science Education from Arkansas State University. He has also attended educational leadership institutes at the College of William & Mary and Yale University.

Professor Cantu has over twenty-five years of experience in professional education from high school through the university level, during which he has taught the following: American history, world history, economics, psychology, geography, sociology, social studies education, multicultural education, educational research, and instructional technology. Prior to his appointment as Associate Dean and Director of the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership, he served as Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University. He also served as Professor and Dean of Education at Indiana University Kokomo, Professor of History and Director of Social Studies Education, as well as Editor of the International Journal of Social Education, at Ball State University, and Social Studies Department Chair and Teacher at Ste. Genevieve (MO) High School. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Professor Cantu also served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army.

Professor Cantu is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters, and books on history/social studies education and technology integration. He has also served as a curriculum writer for various national organizations including The History Channel, The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and PBS Frontline, and as Editor of The International Journal of Social Education.

Professor Cantu has also presented two TEDxTalks, the first of which,“Memento Mori: The Personification of Death,” was presented at the University of Tulsa in 2018. His most recent TEDxTalk, “Why are We Obsessed with the Image of Death?” was presented at the University of Illinois Springfield in 2021.

Dr. Cantu’s articles have appeared in such publications as the Organization of American Historians’ Magazine of History, American Historical Association Perspectives, National Council for History Education History Matters!, and the Journal of the Association for History and Computing. He is also the author of the following books and curriculum monographs: Presidential Elections: 1789-1996, Early Education in Arkansas Delta, An Investigation of the Relationship Between Social Studies Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices, The Vietnam War: A National Dilemma, and Take Five Minutes: Reflective and Critical Thinking American History Class Openers. Professor Cantu’s most recent book publications include: The Art and Science of Elementary Social Studies Education, 2nd Edition (2015), ILTS: Test for Academic Proficiency (2013), History/Social Studies Education in the Digital and Standards-Based Classroom (2012), Technology Applications for the Digital Classroom (2011), The Art and Science of Elementary Social Studies Education (2010), History Education 101: The Past, Present, and Future of Teacher Preparation (2008), and Teaching History in the Digital Classroom (2003).