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 Carleton College, Augsburg College, Grinnell College, and the University of Cambridge.
Kathryn also taught at Kelly High School, Chicago's largest neighborhood public high school, and it is this experience that inspired her dissertation titled Progressive Citizenships: Schooling Youth in Immigrant Chicago, 1890-1940 . She is now working on an article on the declining significance of citizenship education. For more, see Research.
Kathryn currently teaches courses in Educational Studies at Carleton College. For more, including past syllabi, see Teaching.
Mellon Public Works Grant Recipient, Carleton College, 2018. (To implement an academic civic engagement project)
Humanities Institute Faculty Seminar Fellow, Carleton College, 2017-2018. (Seminar Theme: "Rethinking the Commons and Politics in the Democratic Public Sphere")
Noliwe Rooks, Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education, 2017.
Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, 2016.
Christopher Emdin, For White Folks Who Teach in the 'Hood and the Rest of Y'All, Too: Reality Pedagogy and urban Education, 2016.