Kathryn is committed to teaching and scholarship that advances educational equity and social justice. Her research applies historical and critical approaches to investigate how marginalized urban communities participate in public education reform and in the construction of citizenship and democracy. She's taught classes in the social foundations of education, education policy, and secondary teaching methods at the University of Cambridge, Grinnell College, and Augsburg College.
Kathryn also taught at Kelly High School, Chicago's largest neighborhood public high school, and it is this experience that inspired her current research project. In Progressive Citizenships: Schooling Youth in Immigrant Chicago, 1890-1940 she argues that urban immigrant communities, through defiance, compliance, and complacency, constructed an inclusive, participatory citizenship by the mid-twentieth century. For more, see Research.
Kathryn currently teaches Fixing Schools: Politics and Policy in American Education and Intro to Educational Studies at Carleton College. For more, including past syllabi, see Teaching.
Michael Katz and Mike Rose (Eds.), Public Education Under Siege (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
Katy Swalwell, Educating Activist Allies: Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite (Routledge, 2013).
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015).
Zoe Burkholder, Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Carleton College, Spring 2016