Research Statement

I am a qualitative researcher and ethnographer, committed to engaged, critical scholarship that is conducted in partnership with youth and communities. My research looks at community-based, culturally-sustaining approaches to education and civic engagement in urban, low-income communities and Communities of Color. this work spans an array of research topics including family-school partnerships, youth and parent organizing, community-engaged scholarship, and the role of art and culture in social change.


  • Kuttner, P. J. (2016) Hip-Hop Citizens: Arts-Based, Culturally Sustaining Civic Engagement Pedagogy. Harvard Educational Review, 86(4), pp. 527-555. Published, 12/2016.
  • Warren, M., Mapp, K., & Kuttner, P. J. (2015). From private citizens to public actors: The development of parent leaders through community organizing. In M. Evans & D. Hiatt-Michael (Eds.), Promising practices in community-based educational change. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Published, 04/2015.
  • Kuttner, P. J., & White-Hammond, M. (2015). (Re)Building the cypher: Fulfilling the promise of hip-hop for liberation. In C. Malone and G. Martinez (Eds.), The organic globalizer: The political development of hip hop. New York: Bloomsbury Press. Published, 10/2014.
  • Kuttner, P. J. (R&R). Educating for cultural citizenship: Reframing the goals of arts education. Curriculum Inquiry. Revise/resubmit(1), 08/2014.
  • Mapp, K. L., & Kuttner, P. J. (2014). Partners in education: A dual capacity building framework for school-family partnerships. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Lab. Published, 12/2013.
  • Kuttner, P. J. (2013). The beauty of transformation: Becoming a cultural organizer. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 29(2). Published, 09/2013.
  • Bahena, S., Cooc, N., Currie-Rubin, R., Kuttner, P. J., & Ng, M. (Eds.). (2012). Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Review. Published, 12/2012.
  • What is Project HIP-HOP? A Participatory Video Research Project. Created by RasKassa Ramsey, Ashleigh Brown, and Nailah Williams. Facilitated by Paul Kuttner. Released, 05/2012.
  • Warren, M., Mapp, K., and the Community Organizing and School Reform Project. (2011). A match on dry grass: Community organizing as a catalyst for school reform. New York: Oxford University Press. Published, 09/2011.
  • Kuttner, P. J. (2009). Art and organizing, art as organizing [Teaching Case]. Council of Alumni for Social Enterprise, New York, NY. Released, 05/2009.