Deborah Cunningham

Senior Program Director

(617) 804-2352

What is a typical day like for you?
Working with our talented staff to design programs and curriculum is a big part of what I do, and I also provide outreach to schools, funders, and other organizations that are committed to global learning. In various ways, I try to transform what I hear about teachers’ needs into services that are relevant and useful to them.
Tell us about your background and what brought you to Primary Source.
I’m a former high school teacher of world and U.S. history. For over a decade, I’ve been working at Primary Source, where I have been involved in the creation of professional learning opportunities that educators can access online or on-demand, in addition to in-person offerings on various global topics and world regions. This all stems from my deep interest in world cultures and histories, which I indulge through reading, films, and travel.  I have lived abroad in China and England, and have degrees from Yale College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. My doctorate is from Oxford University, where I researched what teachers do to cultivate historical empathy in students. 
What inspires you to do this work?
As a matter of justice, I think every student deserves an opportunity to understand the world they inhabit, and that world is globally connected and interdependent.  
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love spending time with my two sons and my husband, as well as friends, and I’m drawn to cultural events, museums, book talks and my book club.