Lucien Ellington is UC Foundation Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Director of the Asia Program and the Center for Reflective Citizenship. He holds advanced degrees in history, economics education, and education; is the recipient of scholarship and grant writing awards at his university; and has been awarded an Asian Studies Development Fellowship by the East-West Center and two Wilber Foundation Fellowships. Ellington is also a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Ellington’s primary interests are in history, civic, and economic education, history and philosophy of education, and comparative education.

Ellington currently teaches or has taught a wide array of courses including economics and economic education, American government, world history, history of east Asia, history of education, and social and historical foundations of education. As Director of the Center for Reflective Citizenship, Ellington has received funding from the Earhart and Apgar Foundations as well as the Jack C. Miller Center. Since 2013, he has coordinated successful teacher citizenship institutes on, respectively, economics, religion, politics, and foreign policy. Since 2012 Ellington has also coordinated six annual UTC Constitution Day lectures featuring Josiah Bunting, James Caesar, Bradley Birzer, Michael Federici, Wilfred McClay, Richard Gamble, and David Bobb.  

Before becoming a university professor Ellington was a high school world history and economics teacher. He has served as president of two state social studies councils and been a consultant for the state of Indiana, the American Board for Certification for Teacher Excellence, and the Core Knowledge and Thomas B. Fordham Foundations. He and a colleague were responsible for working with several Chattanooga-area schools in implementing the Core Knowledge Curriculum, and Ellington is currently vice-chair of the board of a Core Knowledge charter school in Chattanooga. In 2002 he co-edited a much-discussed volume on social studies reform, Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? (Fordham Foundation). Ellington has served as associate director of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Center for Economic Education, coauthored two national studies of social studies teachers funded by the Bradley Foundation and has authored or coauthored over 80 articles, essays, and chapters in journals and edited volumes on East Asia, civic education, economic education, social studies, educational reform, world history, and the history of education

Ellington has also appeared on public affairs television programs, public forums, and talk radio programs locally, and in diverse locales including Washington D.C., Burlington VT, and Corpus Christi TX, to discuss educational reform. Ellington also served as part-time host for a local educational television production entitled “Economic Heartbeat.” Ellington’s social studies work has been featured on CNN and C-Span.

Ellington is founding editor of Education About Asia, an international teaching journal published by the Association for Asian Studies and now in its 22nd year of publication. He has authored four books on Japan, and co-authored one book on East Asia. He was editor of ABC-CLIO’s Asia: A Global Handbook series, and is currently editor of the Association for Asian Studies Key Issues in Asian Studies series. Ellington has also served as a consultant for more than 100 teacher institutes on East Asia and economics/world history throughout the U.S. and co-directed 13 study tours of East Asian countries for schoolteachers. He serves as the Tennessee coordinator for the Freeman Foundation-funded National Consortium for Teaching Asia, and is responsible for teaching and supervising courses on the histories of China, Japan, and the Koreas for educators.