Paul J. Kuttner portrait
  • Associate Director, University Neighborhood Partners


  • Ed.D., Community, Culture, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • M.Ed., Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Grassroots Economics and Theater, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Paul Kuttner is Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners, University of Utah. In this role, Paul builds university-community partnerships that promote educational equity, access, and justice for young people while producing valuable knowledge to advance scholarship and social change. A native of Boston, Paul earned his masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to his doctoral studies, Paul worked as an educator, teaching theater, creative writing, and civic engagement in schools and community organizations across Chicago.

Paul is a qualitative researcher and ethnographer, committed to engaged scholarship that is conducted in partnership with youth and communities. Paul's research focuses on community-based, culturally-sustaining approaches to education and civic engagement in urban low-income communities and Communities of Color. He 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, AERA Open, Curriculum Inquiry, and the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. He is a board member for  Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts and a Cabinet member for the US Department of Arts and Culture. Paul blogs at