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Paul Kuttner

Paul joined the UNP team in November 2015 as Education Pathways Partnership Manager and Engaged Faculty Director. Paul works to build university-community partnerships that promote educational equity, access, and justice for young people, and produce valuable knowledge that advances scholarship. A native of Boston, Paul earned his masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His primary research interests are, 1) the role of art, media, and culture in efforts to engage youth as social change agents, and 2) ways of building relational and cultural bridges between schools and surrounding communities. Paul is a qualitative researcher and ethnographer, committed to engaged, critical scholarship that is conducted in partnership with youth and communities. Prior to his graduate studies, Paul worked as an educator teaching theater and civic engagement in schools and community organizations across Chicago. Paul is a co-author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford, 2011), and a co-editor of Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline (HER, 2012). His work has been published in both academic and popular venues, including the Harvard Educational Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. He is a board member of the Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, and a Cabinet member for the US Department of Arts and Culture. Paul blogs at