Kathy Hytten

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department

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Email: kahytten@uncg.edu
Office: 348 SOE Building

Research Interest

  • Philosophy and sociology of education
  • Social justice
  • Diversity
  • Democracy
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Globalization


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University


Dr. Hytten’s research draws from the fields of cultural studies, critical social theory, and education for social justice.  She seeks to develop connections between their theoretical insights and the democratic promise of education, with the goal of uncovering systematic inequities and creating alternative, more empowering educational and social practices.  She is a Past-President of the American Educational Studies Association.  She has also served on the Executive Boards of the John Dewey Society and the Philosophy of Education Society, where she also served a three-year term as Executive Director.

Link to Dr. Hytten’s CV


Hytten, K. (2017). Democracy and Education in the United States. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press USA. Available at: education.oxfordre.com

Hytten, K. (2017). Multiculturalism in Education. In Warnick, B.R. & Stone, L. (Eds.), McMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Philosophy: Education (pp. 121-139). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning.

Hytten, K. (2016). Globalization, Democracy, and Social Movements: The Educational Potential of Activism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48 (10), 981-996.

Hytten, K. (2015). Ethics in Teaching for Democracy and Social Justice. Democracy and Education, 23 (2), 1-10.

Hytten, K. (2015). Teaching as and for Activism: Challenges and Possibilities. Philosophy of Education: 2014. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, University of Illinois.

Bettez, S. C. & Hytten, K. (2013). Community Building in Social Justice Work: A Critical Approach. Educational Studies, 49 (1), 45-66.

Hytten, K. (2011). Cultural Studies in Education. In S. Tozer, B.P. Gallegos, A.M. Henry, M. B. Grenier & P.G. Price (Eds.), Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education (pp. 205-219). New York: Routledge.

Hytten, K. & Bettez, S. C. (2011). Understanding Education for Social Justice. Educational Foundations, 25 (1-2), 7-24.

Hytten, K. (2010). Presidential Address: Cultivating Hope and Building Community: Reflections on Social Justice Activism in Educational Studies. Educational Studies, 46 (2), 151-167.

Hytten, K. (2009). Deweyan Democracy in a Globalized World. Educational Theory, 59 (4), 395-408.

Hytten, K. (2009). Globalization and Education. In E.F. Provenzo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (pp. 375-382). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Hytten, K. (2006). Education for Social Justice: Provocations and Challenges. Educational Theory, 56 (2), 221-236.

Hytten, K. & Warren, J. (2003). Engaging Whiteness: How Racial Power Gets Reified in Education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 16 (1), 65-89.

Hytten, K. & Adkins, A. (2001). Thinking Through A Pedagogy Of Whiteness. Educational Theory, 51 (4), 433-450.