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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Educational inequality, school segregation, racial injustice, urban history
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About Me

Erika M. Kitzmiller is a historian of race, inequality, and education whose scholarship examines the historical process and current reform efforts that have contributed to inequality today.  She is currently a lecturer in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University and a non-resident fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center.

Erika’s scholarship has appeared in Teachers College Record, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Dissent, Reuters, and the Hechinger Report.  She has received funding from her work from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the National Science Foundation.

Erika completed her joint Ph.D. in History and Education, Culture, and Society and her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in History and Italian from Wellesley College.  She lives in Morningside Heights with her husband and their two young children.

Recent Publications

McWilliams, Julia and Erika M. Kitzmiller, “Mass School Closures and the Politics of Value and Disposability in Philadelphia,” Teachers College Record, (in press).

Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Educating Educators in the Age of Trump,” Radical Teacher, (in press).

Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Nellie Rathbone Bright: Acclaimed Author, Educator Activist, Un-American Woman?” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 114, no. 3, (October 2017): 297–328.

Kitzmiller, Erika M. “More than a Bake Sale: Private Funding for Public Schools,” Teachers College Record  (February 9, 2015).

Kitzmiller, Erika M. “Philadelphia to Corporate Ed Reformers: No Contract, No Peace,” Dissent, (November 1, 2014).

Kitzmiller, Erika M. “‘You Can’t Control Me!’: Cultivating Authority in a Struggling Urban High School.” Teachers College Record, 115, no. 12, (December 2013).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Children & Youth, Gender, Government, Pedagogy, Politics, Public History, Race, Urban History, Women