Epstein is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at Hunter College and teaches a course on Historical Contexts in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has written several articles on history education and received the National Council for the Social Studies 2001 Exemplary Research Award for "Adolescents' Perspectives on Racial Diversity in United States History: Case Studies from an Urban Classroom," published in 2000 in the American Educational Research Journal. She is writing a book on African-American and European-American 5th, 8th, and 11th graders' interpretations of U.S. history before and after they completed a year long history class. Presently, she is an editorial board member of Educational Researcher and the the evaluator of a U. S. Department of Education grant on the professional development of history teachers in New York City public schools. Before coming to New York, she taught at the University of Michigan, Boston College, and the University of Denver and received a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1989.