Tom Harbison

Instructional Designer at BMCC; GC Alum

I currently serve as an Instructional Designer at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Previously, I graduated from the Graduate Center History Department and worked at Baruch College for eight years as an instructor and educational technologist.


Academic Interests

Instructional Technology

U.S. History


Instructional Designer, E-Learning Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College


PhD, US History, 2011
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
MS, History and K-12 Social Studies Teacher Certification, 2003

Southern Connecticut State University
BA, History, 1999
Duke University


“‘A Serious Pedagogical Situation’: Diverging School Reform Priorities in Depression-Era Harlem,” in Educating Harlem: Schools and the Referendum on the American Dream, under contract, Columbia University Press.

With Luke Waltzer, “Towards Teaching the Introductory History Course, Digitally.” Writing History in the Digital Age. Eds. Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotski. University of Michigan Press, 2013. Digital version published 2012 at