Erika Kitzmiller

Term Assistant Professor

Department

Education

Office

704 Milstein Center
Thursdays, 12-2pm.

Contact

Erika Kitzmiller, Term Assistant Professor in Education, is a historian of race, inequality, and education whose scholarship examines the historical process and current reform efforts that have contributed to inequality today. In addition to teaching at Barnard, she is a research affiliate with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her first book, The Roots of Educational Inequality: Philadelphia and Germantown High School, 1907 - 2014, will be published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in December 2021.

Kitzmiller's scholarship has been published in the Harvard Educational Review and Teachers College Record, as well as in Dissent, the Hechinger Report, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Reuters. She is also a co-author of the Green New Deal for Public Schools with an interdisciplinary group of scholars led by Dr. Akira Drake Rodriguez. 

Kitzmiller has received funding for her work from Harvard University, the National Academy of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and others. 

  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MPA, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Wellesley College

My scholarship examines the historical process and current policy initiatives that have contributed to and challenge inequality in schools and communities across the nation today. My work leverages original and unique quantitative and qualitative data and methods to understand the intersections of educational policy and practice and how these factors affect educators, families, and youth. My work not only considers the role of urban politics in the historical development of schools but also how interactions—historical and contemporary—within a school and community shape educational practice and policy. As a first-generation college graduate, my research and teaching is rooted in inquiry-driven, practice-based methods to advance equity and justice.

  • EDUC BC 1510 Educational Foundations
  • EDUC BC 3032 Investigating the Purposes & Aims of Education Policy
  • EDUC BC 3250 Education in a Polarized and Unequal Society

Publications

  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. Cultivating Care, Connection, Community: Carver High School Engineering and Science (manuscript in progress)
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. The Roots of Educational Inequality: Philadelphia’s Germantown High School, 1907 – 2014. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.

  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. and Akira Drake Rodriguez, “Addressing Our Nation’s Toxic School Infrastructure in the Wake of COVID-19,” Educational Researcher, provisional accept.
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. and Elizabeth Burton, “Examining the Range of Youth Experiences with the Black Lives Matter Movement in Rural America,” Journal of Research in Rural Education, forthcoming.
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. “We are the Forgotten of the Forgottens: Teacher Perspectives on Charter School Reform,” Harvard Educational Review, 66, no. 3 (Fall 2020): 371 – 396.
  • McWilliams, Julia and Erika M. Kitzmiller, “Mass School Closures and the Politics of Value and Disposability in Philadelphia,” Teachers College Record, 121, no. 2 (January 2019): 1 – 44.
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Educating Educators in the Age of Trump,” Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching, 111 (2018): 65 – 79.

  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Gendered Anxieties Pave the Way for a Separate and Unequal Co-Educational High School,” in New Perspectives on the History of the Twentieth-Century American High School, edited by Kyle P. Steele, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming.
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Demonstrating the Value of Integrated Data Systems: Data-Use Practice in Four AISP Network Sites.” in Actionable Intelligence: Using Integrated Data Systems to Achieve a More Effective, Efficient, and Ethical Government, edited by John Fantuzzo and Dennis P. Culhane. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. and TC Burnett, “The AISP Network: Three Organizational Models for Building, Using, and Sustaining Integrated Data Systems.” in Actionable Intelligence: Using Integrated Data Systems to Achieve a More Effective, Efficient, and Ethical Government, edited by John Fantuzzo and Dennis P. Culhane. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.
  • Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Education and Equality of Opportunity,” Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, February 2014.